Oregon wrestler wins state title as grandfather suffers heart attack in stands and later dies

Oregon wrestler wins state title as grandfather suffers heart attack in stands and later dies

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Oregon wrestler wins state title as grandfather suffers heart attack in stands and later dies

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Dallas senior Mathew Hofenbredl is named the 132 pound weight champion of the OSAA class 5A high school state wrestling finals at Memorial Coliseum in Portland on Saturday. (Photo: Anna Reed / Statesman Journal)

Dallas senior Mathew Hofenbredl is named the 132 pound weight champion of the OSAA class 5A high school state wrestling finals at Memorial Coliseum in Portland on Saturday.
(Photo: Anna Reed / Statesman Journal)

A medical emergency was happening in Section 67 at the arena in Portland. Hofenbredl’s grandfather, Larry, was having a heart attack and was being tended to by medical personnel. Larry Hofenbredl would die later than night.

Immediately after winning his third state championship – Hofenbredl defeated Hood River Valley’s Christian Marquez by a 7-1 decision in the 132-pound state championship match – the senior lept into the arms of Dallas coach Tony Olliff, nearly knocking him over. But Hofenbredl’s mother came out to the mat and alerted him to what was happening. The heart attack hit about midway through the third round of the match.

Hofenbredl and the rest of the Dallas wrestlers and coaches left the arena, went to the team bus and left before the finals had been completed.

Neither Hofenbredl nor any of the other Dallas wrestlers were on hand to receive their awards the rest of the night. Hofenbrel went on Twitter to thank those who helped Saturday night.

On Sunday, Hofenbredl again sent a message of appreciation.

 

 

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