Union boys continue dominance at Clark County Wrestling Championships

Titans win 10th straight team title; Washougal takes the girls team championship

BATTLE GROUND — Union High School continued its dominance of the Norm Friehauf Memorial Clark County Wrestling Championships this weekend as the Titans had four individual champions lead the way to their 10th straight boys team title.

Union’s Brandon Esperto throws Mountain View’s Noah Messman onto his head in the boys 120-pound final match Saturday at Battle Ground High School. It was Messman who came out on top, winning the match by a 10-5 decision. Photo by Mike Schultz
Union’s Brandon Esperto throws Mountain View’s Noah Messman onto his head in the boys 120-pound final match Saturday at Battle Ground High School. It was Messman who came out on top, winning the match by a 10-5 decision. Photo by Mike Schultz

Union amassed 248 points to easily outdistance second-place Prairie (201.5 points) in the boys team standings. Washougal was third (191.5 points) followed by Mountain View and Ridgefield. A total of 15 high schools participated in the annual event held this year at Battle Ground High School.

In the girls tournament, Washougal earned the team title with 173 points, followed by Union (155.5 points). Kelso was third, Hudson’s Bay fourth and Skyview was fifth in the team standings.

Boys finals

Three of Union’s individual champions won their finals match with a pin. Danny Snediker pinned Prairie’s Ben Matson in the 170-pound final; Kyle Brosius pinned Columbia River’s Rene Sadler in the 182-pound final; and Josh Barber pinned Hudson’s Bay’s Malek Mabrouk in just 33 seconds in the 285-pound final. Union’s other individual champion was Noah Talavera, who earned an 11-4 decision over Prairie’s Brayden Sofianos in the final match at 152 pounds.

Prairie’s lone champion was Nick Langer, who pinned Washougal’s Korben Modoc in the 195-pound final.

Columbia River, Ridgefield and Mountain View each had two individual champions. For Columbia River, Atticus Kurtz earned a 5-3 decision over Mountain View’s Robert Shepard in the 160-pound final match and teammate Dawson Lieurance pinned Union’s Levi Harms in the final at 220 pounds.

Ridgefield’s individual champions were Bracen Nash (6-2 decision over Heritage’s Israel Gonzalez at 106 pounds) and Dylan Draper (3-1 decision over Prairie’s Jason Wilcox at 132 pounds).

 

Prairie’s Jason Wilcox prepares for rough landing as he is in the middle of a maneuver initiated by Ridgefield’s Dylan Draper in the final match of the 132-pound division Saturday at the Clark County Wrestling Championships at Battle Ground High School. Draper won the match with a 3-1 decision over Wilcox. Photo by Mike Schultz
Prairie’s Jason Wilcox prepares for rough landing as he is in the middle of a maneuver initiated by Ridgefield’s Dylan Draper in the final match of the 132-pound division Saturday at the Clark County Wrestling Championships at Battle Ground High School. Draper won the match with a 3-1 decision over Wilcox. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

Mountain View’s individual champions were Noah Messman (10-5 decision over Union’s Brandon Esperto at 120 pounds) and Andrew Fitz (5-2 decision over Washougal’s Cole Pass at 126 pounds).

Other individual boys champions were Sanry Nguyen, of Heritage (5-3 decision over Union’s Ryan Esperto at 113 pounds); Skyview’s Logan Smith (15-5 decision over Washougal’s Scott Lees at 138 pounds) and Seton Catholic’s Christopher Hamblin (pinned Juan Castillo, of Heritage, in the 145-pound final).

Skyview’s Logan Smith has his opponent, Washougal’s Scott Lees, in a precarious position during the final match in the 138-pound division Saturday at the Clark County Wrestling Championships at Battle Ground High School. Smith defeated Lees 15-5 to take the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz
Skyview’s Logan Smith has his opponent, Washougal’s Scott Lees, in a precarious position during the final match in the 138-pound division Saturday at the Clark County Wrestling Championships at Battle Ground High School. Smith defeated Lees 15-5 to take the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz

Girls finals

Team champion Washougal had two individual champions Saturday. Emily Seekins pinned La Center’s Jamie Osato in the 100-pound final and Aria Yang earned an 11-10 decision over Kelso’s Emily Johanson in the 110-pound final.

Washougal’s Aria Yang (right) appears to be enjoying her time in the 110-pound final match against Kelso’s Emily Johansen. Yang earned an 11-10 decision to claim the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz
Washougal’s Aria Yang (right) appears to be enjoying her time in the 110-pound final match against Kelso’s Emily Johansen. Yang earned an 11-10 decision to claim the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz

Despite finishing second in the team standings, Union had the most individual girls champions with five. The Titans’ champions were Kayla Brosius (10-0 dec. over Washougal’s McKenna Bowen in 120-pound final); Riley Aarnold (pinned Washougal’s Lauren Locke in 130-pound final); Krista Warren (pinned Skyview’s Rion Hoots in 145-pound final); Navaeh Cassidy (4-3 decision over Seton Catholic’s Amanda Fry in 155-pound final) and Annabelle Helm (4-1 decision over Mountain View’s Katelyn Cera in 170-pound final).

La Center’s Lexi Kysar (top) appears to bulldoze Mountain View’s Indra Guitierrez-Gaitan in the final match of the girls 190-pound division at the Clark County Wrestling Championships Saturday. Kysar won the match with a pin to claim the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz
La Center’s Lexi Kysar (top) appears to bulldoze Mountain View’s Indra Guitierrez-Gaitan in the final match of the girls 190-pound division at the Clark County Wrestling Championships Saturday. Kysar won the match with a pin to claim the individual title in the weight division. Photo by Mike Schultz

Other individual champions included Fort Vancouver’s Eliana Duff (pinned Kelso’s Mayci Bloomfeldt in 115-pound final); Eliana Sabatini, of Camas (pinned Hudson’s Bay’s Madison McMillan in 135-pound final); Hudson’s Bay’s Allison Blained (16-1 decision over Kelso’s Makeyla Roggow in 140-pound final) and La Center’s Lexi Keysar (pinned Mountain View’s Indra Gutierrez-Gaitan in 190-pound final).

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