The highest standard of excellence in sports is perfection. Gresham wrestler Colby Winnett is on the brink of accomplishing just that at the OSAA wrestling state championships this weekend at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Winnett, competing in the 6A 160 pound division, is 35-0 this season. He faced a tough test against McMinnville’s Alex Kiess in the first round of the state tournament. The senior was able to keep calm under pressure and hold off Kiess for a 3-2 decision victory.
“My composure and my mind,” Winnett said was the difference in the match. “Even when I’m in the lead, I always focus on staying in it. And if I’m down, I can still win.”
It makes since that Winnett would have strong mental fortitude. Success at state is nothing new to him. As a freshman, he was the runner-up in the 132-pound weight class. After sitting out his sophomore year due to a shoulder injury, he won the 160 pound division as a junior.
Winnett responded in the quarterfinals with a dominating performance, earning a 13-4 major decision over Roseburg’s Brandon Jeffers.
Now, he’s on the precipice of defending his 160 pound title and adding another achievement to his lengthy resume.
“My goal coming into my senior year was to win the state championship and go undefeated.”
Winnett will face Mason Davis from Thurston in the semifinals on Saturday morning.