By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
When it came time for their final match at the regional meet Saturday, Feb. 9, McNary High School seniors Grant Gerstner and Rob Phelps found themselves squaring off with each other in the 160-pound weight bracket.
“Everyone was telling us that we should mess around, get a super-high score going and then go live for the last minute to see who was best,” Phelps said.
“We’ve been wrestling together since seventh grade and we knew what each others’ styles are like and we taught each other what we both know,” Gerstner added.
When the whistle sounded, however, both young men put aside history and friendship and gave spectators a brief and hard-fought match. Gerstner caught Phelps on his back late in the first round and pinned him to claim the regional title.
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