By Randy Robbins

Special to the Pilot

Gold Beach Wrestler’s All Make Semi’s at State

A trio of Gold Beach grapplers recently made the trek to Portland to wrestle in the OSAA Wrestling State 2A/1A finals.

The Three Matskadeers, all Juniors — Landen Timeus, Darrin Bright, and Dylan Edwards — came into the Rose City with high hopes last Saturday. First round losses ensued effectively banishing the GBHS contingent from the championship side of the bracket leaving them to battle for bragging rights in the consolation bracket.

In the 126 lb. weight class, unranked Dylan Edwards had two good looks surprising Number 4-ranked Vernonia’s Joshua Sholes and followed up by beating Glide’s Braxton Dill before falling to Union Cove’s Jaxon Blackburn in their match in 2:31.

Blackburn, a recent transfer from Kentucky, wrestled up from his normal 106-pound weight class and went on to become champion after defeating Myrtle Point’s Clifford Johnson.

At the 138-pound class, Number 3-ranked GBHS Landen Timeus disposed of Central Linn’s Caleb Day and then upset Number 2-ranked Luke Gozee of Knappa before falling to Lake View’s Wyatt Patzke in the semi-final match in 2:10. Ironically, it was Patzke who Timeus had defeated to earn the District crown earlier this year. Patzke would meet his match in the consolation finals against Enterprise’s Trace Evans.

In the 195 lb. weight class, Gold Beach got excited when Darrin Bright upset Number 1-ranked Culver’s Cylus Hoke in the opening consolation match and then followed up by beating Nestucca’s Connor Cook before succumbing to Jonah Staigle of Joseph/Walla-Walla in a 7-2 decision in his semi-final consolation match-up. Staigle would, in turn, get beat in the championship round by Jefferson’s Riley Davis.

The good news, despite not getting to the top of the podium for Gold Beach, is that all three mat men will be seniors next year. More experienced and stronger.

In a statement by the Timeus family after the event, they indicated “all three wrestlers, of course, were wanting more but when you get to this kind of level (state) it doesn’t always turn out your way,” adding, “They came away determined and are going to be working very hard and are extremely focused on finishing the job next year.”