Garcia Ready For Next Task At Hand

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Repeating as State Champion is a tough task to do when you factor in fatigue, other wrestlers gunning for you and the possible Championship hangover. Mixed in an injury as North Salem Antonio Garcia had with his knee banged up entering his Senior Year in the State Tournament following…

Dallas’ Brecht Signs With Briar Cliff

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  The great career of Ashton Brecht has landed the Dallas Senior in the heart of Wrestling Country in Iowa where he has committed to Briar Cliff University. The Chargers were 7-1 in the GPAC this past year and were second of nine teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference….

Academic All-State Top 10

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem Wrestling (seventh in 6A, 3.44), Silverton (ninth in 5A, 3.13), Cascade (fourth in 4A, 3.22), Jefferson (eighth in 2A/1A, 3.31) hard work in the classroom placed them in the Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams this Winter. Here is the complete list: Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams 6A…

Dallas’ Holgate Finishes Third At State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.– Sometimes you just need that little extra kick to get it back going again. Following her defeat to eventual State Champion in McKay’s Tess Barnett, Dallas’ Kimmy Holgate answered with a fiery passion knowing her goal of wanting to place at the 110-Pound girls State Tournament.  Needing a win…

Ortiz Rallies For Fifth At State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–  The journey for South Salem’s Julian Ortiz’ fifth-place finish came down to him battling through what is known as the ‘Blood’-Rounds following his 6A 285 pound quarterfinal loss to Oregon City’s Zach Zumwalt Friday night. The loss put the Senior two wins from his goal of placing in one…

Garcia Picks Up First District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Antonio Garcia led 11-3 entering the third period over Central’s Gabriel Padilla Saturday evening at the Salem Armory.  But yet the Senior, who was on the verge of his first District Title in his four-year career, had found himself on his back with his knee being tending to. His…

Dallas’ Brecht Gets District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—It’s been a longtime coming for Dallas’ Ashton Brecht. Two year of coming close to the District Title and here he was again, his Senior Year, on the verge of destiny once again. The Dragons 285-pounder pinned his way to the finals.  Pinning Central’s Cameron Dodge in 17 seconds before…

Going Through The Gauntlet

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEND, Ore.–   The consolation bracket can be merciful.  Only one can automatically come out of the backdoor side of the bracket. McKay’s Andy Nguyen and Anthony Alvarez had won ‘blood’-round matches to reach the consolation semifinals before falling, dashing the two Seniors hopes of making a State berth before hanging up…

South’s Ortiz Repeats As District Champ

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEND, Ore.– South Salem’s Julian Ortiz has seen the development of this program from his freshman year with 14 guys to now his senior year. Coming off of his 285-pound title last year, Ortiz worked his way back to the district finals with back-to-back pins to defend his District Title against…

Sprague Repeats As MVC Wrestling Champs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEND, Ore.–  It was good experience for Riley Davis entering State as a freshman going up against his teammate in Brock McMullen. The Freshman entered the tournament as the second-seed, opposite from McMullen the number-one seed, leading his teammate 5-0 with 28 seconds left in the second period. It was quiet,…

Salem Sports And Breakfast Club AOW’s For February 7

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com This past Friday’s Salem Sports And Breakfast Club Athlete’s of the week includes James Moore (Blanchet Catholic), Lidiia Buiko (McKay), Paige Alexander (West Salem) and Noah Worthington (Sprague).  Read about their success’ leading to the honor here: Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from…

McKay’s Barnett Returns To State Wrestling Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—Tess Barnett’s third-place finish as a sophomore last year at the OSAA Girls South Regional State Qualifier had challenged the McKay Girls Wrestler. It’s weird to think about.  Two years ago, third-place would have gotten Barnett into the State Tournament as it did when the then-freshman finished third. Last year…