When the top wrestlers in the state take to the mats at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland on Feb. 24 and 25, among the names being called out over the echoing loudspeakers will be four members of Siuslaw's wrestling team.
Richard Huff, a junior seeded at No. 1 in the state 4A's 113-pound bracket, along with seniors Kainan Lane (285 lbs.) and Nick Steinman (170 lbs.), and sophomore Riley Jennings (152 lbs.) will have the chance to compete for a state title in each of their weight divisions . Members of the group earned state qualification during last weekend's Special District 3 wrestling tournament at South Umpqua High School, where the top five finishers in each weight class advanced to state.
Huff had one of his closest matches of the season during the championship round, defeating Marshfield's Frankie Harlow with a narrow 6-5 decision for the district title. The junior pinned his first two opponents, Jonah Kugler of Mazama and Oscar Baza of Henley, in 25 seconds and 40 seconds, respectively.
At 285 pounds, Lane defeated Jaret Remington of South Umpqua by pin in 1:30 to open the meet, then fell to Cameron Hankins of Mazama, 5-2 . Lane then went on to win his next two matches, including a pin over Ishmael DeLaTorre of Phoenix (3:20) in the match for third and fourth place.
Steinman, wrestling at 170 lbs., lost his first match by pin, then came back to win his next three matches, including against Jon Zebadua of Brookings-Harbor , with a pin in 2:13. In the match for third and fourth place, Steinman was pinned by Alonzo Nalls of Brookings-Harbor in 58 seconds .
At 152 pounds, Jennings won his opener against Hidden Valley's Tommy Mintey, 9-8 , but lost his second match. He went on to pin Joey Wilson of Phoenix (4:34) before losing a slim 5-4 decision in the battle for third and fourth place in a close rematch with Mintey.
Viking freshman Matthew Horrillo (285 lbs.) was eliminated during consolation on Saturday, while seniors Eyza Abbas Carrasco (120 lbs.), Joaquin Cervantes (138 lbs.) and jesus Sierra (145 lbs.) were each eliminated during Friday's round of competition.