|Regional qualifiers plentiful at BHHS|
|Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer|
|February 15, 2012 04:41 am|
The Brookings-Harbor High School wrestling team qualified 73 percent of their wrestlers for the regional tournament during the Far West League championship wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Junior Cole Hannan, top, returns his opponent to the mat during Saturday’s Far West League district championship wrestling tournament.
In the process they captured two first-place finishes, three second-place finishes and three fourth-place finishes.
Freshman Sam Strom, wrestling at 106 pounds, lost his opening match but claimed a consolation-bracket victory over Marce Benetiz of Sutherlin to advance to the battle for third and fourth places.
Strom lost to North Bend’s Alex Backman, but his fourth-place finish qualified him for the regional tournament.
120-pounder Adan Branbilla also fell in his first match, but defeated the next two opponents before losing to claim fourth place.
Senior John Joyce lost both of the matches he wrestled and did not qualify.
Cole Hannan, wrestling at 138 pounds, claimed a first-place medal and the Far West League’s top honors for an individual wrestler when he was named the league’s Outstanding Wrestler in the 106-145 pound weight classes.
“It feels good,” Hannan said. “I’ve waited a long time for this.”
Brandon Holteen and Anthony Peterson both wrestled in the 145-pound weight class. Peterson took fifth place with a victory over Douglas’ Chris Batman, while Holteen finished second with a tough overtime loss to Gary Jansma of North Bend.
The 152-pound class saw Tyler Marrington and Christian Hooper meet up in a match that determined which would advance to the third and fourth place match.
Hooper pulled off a last second reversal to claim victory and then lost in the final match to take fourth. Marrington destroyed his opponent 14-2 to claim fifth place.
Hooper suffered a concussion during the tournament and will not be able to wrestle at regionals so Marrington will take his place.
Ethan Williams, wrestling at 160, made short work of his leg of the bracket before losing in the finals to take second place.
CJ Paxton won two straight matches in the 182-pound bracket to claim the first place spot and qualify for regionals.
Isaac Sanders claimed second place, losing to Sutherlin’s Sonny Tupua in the finals.
The Bruins head to Hidden Valley on Saturday for the regional tournament to determine who advances to the OSAA state tournament held in two weeks in Portland.