Five McNary wrestlers traveled to Battleground, Wash., the last weekend of March to compete in a regional Freestyle/Greco Tournament and two came back as placers.
Mason Ross placed third in the Cadet Greco Tournament (215 lbs) for anyone born in 1995 or 1996. Devin Reynolds also placed third in the Greco Tournament at the Junior Level for 16-year-olds or older enrolled in high school. Both qualified to represent Oregon later this year in the national tournament slated in Fargo, ND.
Other wrestlers that participated were Jeremy Lowe at 140 lbs (Junior), Joel Hunter at 285 lbs (Junior), and Andy Downer at 130 lbs (Cadet).
The freestyle and greco differ from the type of competition wrestlers see in Folkstyle wrestling as part of a high school. Freestyle and Greco are the recognized international forms of wrestling that are used in the Olympics and World Championships, both are known for being explosive and highly competitive. Greco is limited to only upper body maneuvers and tends to involve lots of throws and big point moves.
“We are still working our way through the rule changes from Folkstyle and learning how our moves score and sometimes, how what we do leads to points for the other guy,” said Jason Ebbs, head coach of McNary wrestling program.