By Jeremy Mcdonald
JEFFERSON, Ore.– In the final match of the night in the 2A/1A Wrestling Dual between Jefferson and Oakridge, the Lions Ryan Davis had to rally over the course of the last two periods to edge the Warriors Noah Whitney in a 4-2 decision.
After giving up an early takedown to Whitney in the first of the three periods, Davis settled in and began getting to work. The Jefferson 145-pounder nearly cut into the 2-0 deficit he was in at the buzzer, but couldn’t finish the move to score. Eventually he scored in the second round and used a third-period stall call on Whitney to pull even at two before picking up a late score to pull ahead of his Oakridge opposition to go 2-0 on the night at Jefferson High School Thursday night.
“It was so nice. I won my first match the same way, I was down and then I got it at the end,”It was toughness, you got to stay with it and you’re good. Just got to be more smart and not let them take me down or anything. Wrestling smart,” Davis said. “Once he got that point for stalling, I just knew I had to score one more time because we were tied up. So I just waited until the time got lower and then I made my move and got the point.”
Davis went on to win both of his matches Thursday night. His first victory was a 9-2 win over Justice Allen. The Lions Hunter Mersch at 113 pounds picked up pinfalls victories against Jonaquin Keller and Adam Palunk in the second and first round respectively. Jefferson’s Griffin Hamer at 126 pinned Kalli Kirkhart in the second round. Gage Frost, at 145 pounds as well, lost a tough 5-3 decision to Dustin Matney and was pinned by Kayden Tiller in the second round as Jefferson travels to Station on Tuesday to wrestle the Eagles and Cascade squads.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald