David Douglas leads the 6A wrestling field with four representatives in state championship matches at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.
The least surprising wrestler of the bunch is junior Osa Odighizuwa, who is the No. 1 seed in the 285 pound bracket. He’s been arguably the most dominant wrestler in the 6A tournament, winning all of his matches by fall in less than two minutes. However, his opponent in the final, Aloha’s Cortez Rodelo, has also won each of his matches by fall. The 285 pound bout will be the final one of the night.
Senior Andrew Curry will compete for the 120 pound championship after coming back to defeat McNary’s Brayden Ebbs by an 8-6 decision in the semifinals. Curry was seeded fourth entering the tournament and is 44-4 this season. He will face Forest Grove’s Christian Guerra, the three seed, in the state final.
The other two state final participants may be a surprise. Not because they lack talent or weren’t seeded. They possess both. But they are freshman.
Anthony Cha, the three seed in the 106 pound division, defeated McMinnville’s Alvaro Flores, the two seed, by sudden victory 8-3. Cha will face Cleveland’s Antenah Demissie, the four seed, in the final.
Cha’s win was followed up by Kyle Beal’s semifinal victory in the 113 pound division. Beal, the four seed, defeated South Salem’s Tanner Stones by fall in 1:41 to move on to the state final. He will square off against No. 2 seed Aspen Nelson from McMinnville for the championship.
The Scots are also second as a team with 142 points. They trail Roseburg, who has 204 points.