Eric Parliament, left, Sequoia McCall, Josh Hannan and Nate Bond all qualified for the Oregon Classic by placing in the top three spots for their weight division at the Western Oregon Qualifier in Coos Bay on Saturday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Off the mat, they are typical Brookings-area youth: running, yelling, roughhousing and living it up like youngsters do. But once they step on the mat, they are all business and that dedication showed as they qualified for one of the premier wrestling tournaments on the West Coast andndash; the Oregon Classic in Redmond.
Divided into age groups and weight classes, the four members of the Brookings Youth Wrestling club who qualified for the tournament are Josh Hannan andndash; intermediate, 60-pounder, first place; Sequoia McCall andndash; schoolboy, 112-pounder, second place; Nate Bond andndash; novice, 90-pounder andndash; third place; and Eric Parliament andndash; schoolboy, 95-pounder, third place.
The Classic will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
According to assistant coach Tony Hannan, the Classic brings the best wrestlers from Idaho, Washington, California and Oregon.
For his son Josh it will be the third trip.
"I'm excited," Josh said. "I want to get first. I hope these guys can get first too."
Bond is a second-time competitor, but for the other two it will be a first time.
"I'm excited that I made it," McCall said. "I told my mom I would qualify and I did."