The McNary mat club sent four wrestlers to a western regional tournament in Pocatello, Idaho. Making the trip were Andy Downer, Anthony Flores, Brayden Ebbs and Wyatt Kesler.
Only those wrestlers who finished in the top eight of their division at their state tournament qualified for Pocatello.
Downer, who competed at 128 pounds in the Schoolboy division, placed sixth in Folk style in Idaho.
Flores wrestled at 215 pounds in the Cadet division and placed fourth in Folk, fourth in Greco and third in Freestyle.
Ebbs competed at 75 pounds in the Intermediate division. He placed fifth in Folk, third in Greco and third in Freestyle.
Kesler also qualified in three divisions, but did not place at the regional meet.
Eleven states comprise the western regional: Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
“This was our first trip to this tournament,” said Coach Jason Ebbs, “and the talk there was that the caliber of wrestling this year was higher than it was last year. Oregon was very well-represented at the podium. Oregon had a lot of wrestlers that placed, and a lot of wrestlers that placed high.”
In other news:
• The McNary wrestling program is sending 21 wrestlers to the K & K Wrestling Camp in Leavenworth, Washington. The annual event draws some 200 campers each year.
• Three siblings – Stevin, Sam and Ajay Urban – along with Tim Pippert and Flores are raising money so they can attend a national tournament in Fargo, North Dakota.
The goal for each wrestler is to raise $2,500 to cover expenses. As a result, the wrestlers are engaged in a variety of fund-raising activities.
Call Crystal Urban at 503-910-7953 for more information
Sam Urban is the defending state champion in her girls’ division while Stevin placed at last year’s state meet and is a defending district champion.