PORTLAND – Cascade’s Spencer Crawford knew a second state championship was within grasp.
All he had to do was hold on in the third round.
When the last second clicked off of the clock he knew he had made history, defeating Crook County’s Clark Woodward by a 5-1 decision in the 4A 182-pound state championship match.
“It makes me feel like my goals are coming true,” Crawford said. “This has been a goal of mine since I was 4 years old and I started wrestling. To reach these goals, you’re working hard in the wrestling room each and every day.”
Crawford knew that in order to finish off Woodward he had to stand straight up and not get beat down low in the final round.
“He wrestles smart and hard and knows what guys strengths and weaknesses are,” Cascade coach Jason Lovell said. “When his low singles started working he was building confidence and wrestling smart. He knew that and just poured it on.”
Also for Cascade, Logan Humphrey placed fourth at 120, Hayes VanDeHey was fourth at 182 and Malachi Gonzalez placed fourth at 220.
Lane Stigall wasn’t going to be the runner up in the state tournament two years in a row.
A year after losing a heartbreaker in the championship, the North Marion sophomore knew he had to lead from the start and not give Cole Owens any openings to make a move.
He seized control of the 145-pound championship match, winning the state championship by a 15-7 major decision.
“It’s awesome. I’ve worked my whole life for this,” an ecstatic Stigall said. “First contact, finally getting those nerves out. I knew that I could do it.”
North Marion head coach Jared Wilson knew that Stigall had to slow down and wrestle his style of match.
“I don’t think there is anybody in this building that is better at wrestling on his feet and he knew that and wrestled to his style,” Wilson said. “He was aggressive and dominated the center of the mat.”
After a close first period, Stigall took control of the second period with two takedowns. He finished that period holding a 10-6 lead.
Another take down in the third period clinched the match and the championship for Stigall.
“I think he’s the same dominant Lane as a freshman last year,” Wilson said. “He just got caught up in the moment and didn’t wrestle his style in the finals and today he let it go and wrestled like Lane.”
Also for North Marion, Casey Roberts placed sixth at 126.