Dallas (Oregon) High School wrestler Matt Hofenbredl won his third state championship Saturday night at the Class 5A state tournament, but heartbreak for he and his family followed soon afterward.
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.