It was going to be awkward either way.
In the finals of the 126 pound weight class at Saturday’s Class 6A Special District 3 wrestling tournament at McNary, Sprague junior Logan Holmquist was paired against his teammate, senior Dreagn Bennett.
They practice against each other on a daily basis, know every move each other will try and usually warm up together.
The only problem is one of them had to win.
Holmquist scored a takedown late in the first period and won a 3-0 decision against Bennett in the championship match of the regional tournament Saturday night.
“Really there was no strategy because we both know what we do and really it was who executed better between me and him because like I said we wrestle every day, I know everything he does, he knows everything I do, so it came down to scrambles and just who executed,” Holmquist said.
Newberg upset Sprague for the regional championship. Newberg finished with 330 pooints with Sprague in second with 287.5 and McNary in third with 229.
The Tigers became the first non-Central Valley Conference school in the four years of the format to win the tournament.
Also for Sprague, junior Trenton Martinez came back in the third period and scored a takedown with 25 seconds left to win a 5-2 decision in the championship match of 113 pounds against Newberg’s Patrick Boulanger.
Sprague senior Yasyf Sorensen won the first regional championship of his career, but not in the expected way.
Sorensen, a two-time state placer and the No. 2 seed at 145 pounds, benefitted from a forfeit from top-seeded John Whitaker of Tualatin for his fourth regional placing in four years.
Sprague’s Troy Dunn lost a 5-2 decision in the 160 pound championship match to Newberg’s Jack Kerwin.
South Salem senior Raul Villareal won his second regional championship, this time earning his No. 1 seed at 132 pounds with a 6-1 decision against McMinnville’s Manny Humlle in the title match.
“The way I was doing it the whole season, the mentality you have to go in there is super confident,” Villareal said. “I think to myself, why does this guy deserve to be on the mat with me? Whatever you think you can do, right?”
Also for South Salem, sophomore Tanner Stones lost a 5-4 decision to McMinnville’s Aspen Nelson in the 106 pound championship match.
McNary’s Zach Hammerschmith also won his second consecutive regional championship, but in more dramatic fashion.
Hammerschmith was taken down in the opening minute by Tualatin’s Luke Goessens, but came back to win by a healthy 6-3 decision.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” said Hammerschmith, a senior. “I wrestled this guy earlier in the year, and he didn’t shoot at all. I thought for sure I was going to be the aggressor all match. He came out and got a good shot on me immediately and kind of set the pace for the match immedately.
Also for McNary, Alvaro Venegas lost a 2-0 decision to McMinnville’s Brian Barnes at 195 pounds.
Edwin Montes came out of nowhere to win the 170 pound class championship.
The sophomore from North Salem rolled through the tournament and won a 3-1 decision against Franklin Giannone of Tualatin in the finals.
“I really just trained all summer, lifted weights, practiced a lot, did a lot of stuff on my own, like running,” Montes said. “Last year I placed sixth at districts, I didn’t even go to state. I made it one of my goals to be the best in league and I’ve accomplished that.”
McKay’s Humberto Santana was taken down with 47 seconds left and lost a 6-3 decision to Tualatin’s Jeff Whitaker at 120 pounds.
West Salem’s Cam Harris was pinned in 3:45 by top seeded J.T. Barnes of McMinnville in the 152 pound weight class.
Also for West Salem, Sala Manu was pinned in 5:44 in the 220 pound championship match by Newberg’s Dakota Church.
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