High school wrestling preview capsules

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McKay

Coach: Troy Thomas, first year.

Key Athletes

Adam Dryden, jr.: A varsity wrestler for McKay as a sophomore.

Outlook: The Royal Scots have a new head coach in Thomas, a former McKay wrestler who has been an assistant coach at schools around the area.

McNary

Coach: Jason Ebbs, 12th year.

Key Athletes

Alvaro Venegas, sr.: A regional runner-up as a junior.

Michael Phelps, McNary: A state meet qualifier after reaching the regional quarterfinals as a junior.

Outlook: The Celtics should have a quality team as usual and if they can develop some depth should be a contender for the league championship.

North Salem

Coach: Andy Pickett, fifth year.

Key Athletes

Johnny Guevara, sr.: A state qualifier as a sophomore, he had a shoulder injury as a junior in the quarterfinals of the district meet last year that kept him from returning to state.

Cameron Harris, sr.: A regional runner-up at West Salem as a junior, he returns to North Salem for his senior year.

Outlook: The Vikings have some top competitors in their senior and junior classes, but depth will be key for the team if they will contend for the district championship.

South Salem

Coach: Eric Zehner, third year.

Key Athletes

Tanner Stones, jr.: The regional runner-up as a sophomore, he is one of the top lighter wrestlers in the state.

Edwin Montes, jr.: A district champion as a sophomore at North Salem.

Outlook: The Saxons have a good junior class and bigger numbers, but need the young class to step up to make an impact as a team.

Sprague

Coach: Kary Hadden, 25th year

Last year’s record:

Key Athletes

Logan Holmquist, sr.: A regional champion last season.

Trenton Martinez, sr.: A regional champion as a junior at 113 pounds.

Outlook: The Olympians have the toughest varsity lineup of any team in the Greater Valley Conference with athletes like Corson Davis, Jake Vaughn and James Baxter, but their depth will determine their district placing.

West Salem

Coach: Mike Baker, second year.

Key Athletes

Lisala Manu, sr.: A regional runner-up as a junior, he will be tough to beat.

Jeb Powell, sr.: A returning state meet qualifier.

Outlook: The Titans are still in a rebuilding stage with a lot of younger wrestlers, but the team has some top older wrestlers who should contend at the state meet.

Also in the GVC

Forest Grove: The Vikings have a new head coach in Chad Beatty and perennially a team that sends a lot of wrestlers to the state tournament.

McMinnville: The Grizzlies have the athletes to compete for the district championship this season.

West Albany: The Bulldogs perennially were a contender in the Mid-Willamette Conference, but numbers will be important as they move up a class.

Other conferences

Mid-Willamette Conference: Dallas has won five consecutive league championships and placed second at the state tournament last season. The Dragons bring back two-time state champion Matt Hofenbredl as well as returning state placers in Tanner Earhart and Nolan Miller and will be a contender for the league and state championships again. Lebanon, which placed third in the state last year, returns the most wrestlers in the league. Silverton returns some of the top heavy wrestlers in the conference in Camryn Clokey and Cody Gubbles along with experienced wrestlers in Austin Reed and Boston Merrifield. Central moves up from Class 4A, but has a lot of wrestlers who should compete well at the higher level. The Panthers return district champion and three-time state qualifier Tanner Swinehart along with state qualifiers in Colin Swinehart, Marlon Tuipulotu, Tim Blair, David Negrete and Beto Meza, a district champion.

4A Special District 2: Cascade is joined in the conference by a North Marion team, which placed fourth in the state last year. Cascade returns senior Spencer Crawford, a state champion last year.

3A Special District 2: Dayton is the favorite to win the reformed district after placing fourth in the state last year. Willamina will be tough at the state level with a lineup including defending state champion Michael Reyes along with state placers in Austin Howard, Keegan Davis, Jordan Combs and Justin Fasana.

2A/1A Special District 3: Santiam returns state qualifiers in Robin Archer and Sose Eugenio and district placers in Jacob Rothrock and Mike Dayton and have the potential to place in the top three of a tough league that includes Culver and Central Linn.

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