By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School varsity wrestling team placed second in its bracket and pool at the annual Northwest Duals last weekend.
The team defeated four of its six opponents in pool play which launched them into the upper tier of the finals bracket where it lost 51-19 to Sweet Home High School in a match for first place.
The Celts fell to Glencoe High School 47-28 in the first round, beat Bend High School 49-21 in the second, trounced Hood River High School 40-18 in the third, pounded out a 56-24 win over Snohomish High School in round four, annihilated Lakeridge High School in a 76-6 win, and fell to Dallas in a 39-36 squeaker in round seven of pool play. The Celts also lost a semifinals match with Churchill High School 38-27.
The team fielded a number of wrestlers with multiple wins during the tournament. Louis Palos lost his first match by pin in 5:07, but rebounded to win every other match. Highlights for Palos were a 48-second pin against Dallas and a 22-7 technical fall decision over a Snohomish wrestler.
Grant Gerstner’s only loss came in a 6-4 match with Churchill High School. He won nearly every other bout by pin or major decision. High points were a 58-second pin over Snohomish and a 19-5 major decision over Lakeridge.
Mason Ross and Devin Reynolds were the only two McNary wrestlers to emerge from the tournament unscathed. Ross had three pins, two forfeits and three matches decided by decision in his run. Reynolds barreled through the competition with five pins, one technical fall and two forfeits.