Brookings-Harbor High School junior Cole Hannan has one thing on his mind: taking an undefeated regular season straight to the title of champion at the OSAA 4A state wrestling tournament.
Brookings-Harbor High School junior Cole Hannan, top, runs an arm bar against a Douglas opponent during a dual meet earlier this month. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
His dedication to that dream was recognized when he was named Outstanding Wrestler on Saturday at Siuslaw High School’s Nick Lutz Invitational wrestling tournament in Florence.
Hannan was honored as the best wrestler in the 103 to 140 pound weight classes and, as BHHS wrestling Head Coach Dave Freeman put it, “He is finally getting the recognition he deserves.”
As the top-seeded wrestler in the 138-pound weight class, Hannan began the tournament with a bye into the second round.
In his first match, he defeated Seth Steere of Taft with a pin just 1:08 into the second round. Hannan shortened his win time considerably as he pinned Ryan Ballentine of Waldport in just 38 seconds.
Hannan found his first worthy opponent in the final round of the tournament when he defeated Shane Sheppard of Stayton, 13-4.
“Physically, he was a lot like Cole,” Freeman said of Sheppard. “The way he wrestled and the things he did were a lot like the way Cole wrestled.”
“He wrestled a quality kid,” he added, “but Cole was focused and how he wrestled was amazing.
“He is more than deserving of the Outstanding Wrestler award.”
As a team, the Bruins placed eighth out of 18 teams at the tournament with a score of 96 points. Newport High School took first with 165. The top Far West League finisher was Siuslaw in third with a team score of 131.5.
Sam Strom, 106, Jayson Worley, 113, Adan Brambilla, 120, and Brandon Holteen, 145, lost the first two matches of their brackets and were out of the tournament, but gained necessary wrestling experience.
In the 126-pound class, senior Pete Peterson won his first two matches before withdrawing from the tournament due to injury.
Levi Williams, wrestling at 132 pounds, won his opening match with a pin in the second round over Armando Ramirez of Junction City before losing two in a row to be out of the tournament.
In the 152-pound weight class two Bruins began on opposite sides of the seeding bracket only to meet in the final match.
Ethan Williams defeated Jordan Quesenberry of Willamette with a pin in 1:05, before defeating Zach Fisher of North Bend with a pin in the second round.
Williams also defeated fellow Far West League wrestler Hayden Miles of Siuslaw, 5-0, before moving on to face Hooper in the finals.
Hooper also had two pins on his path to the final match, defeating Brandon Britt of Willamette, just 36 seconds into the second round, and pinning Robby Duprau of Newport in the opening seconds of the third round. He also beat Jon Dotson of Coquille, 16-8 in the quarterfinals.
The match between Hooper and Williams was a tough battle, with neither wrestler scoring many points.
The score was knotted at 2-2 with just seconds left in the third round when Hooper was able to escape the bottom position and score one point to win 3-2.
“They both wrestled really well in the tournament,” Freeman said. “I don’t coach when two of my wrestlers face each other at a tournament, but watching the match, I was impressed with how hard they were working.”
In the 160-weight class, senior Tim Drafahl won his first match by pin at 1:32 in the first round, but withdrew from the tournament due to injury before facing another opponent.
Isaac Sanders, wrestling in the notoriously tough 220-pound weight class, won his first two matches by pin – defeating Tyler Lehman of Cottage Grove 48 seconds into the second round, and Ryan Esparza of North Bend, 1:24 in the second round.
Sanders then faced the eventual second-place finisher, Austin Scarle of South Eugene, and lost 1-4.
Refusing to let the loss get him down, Sanders defeated his next two opponents, Jason Moore of Waldport and Lehman with pins to take third place. He pinned Moore in just two minutes, and Lehman in 1:06.
The Bruins have a home dual meet against Siuslaw on Thursday. The first match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.