Hammerschmith takes second at state matches

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When McNary High School senior Zach Hammerschmith was in seventh grade he wanted to play basketball, but his mom encouraged him to give wrestling a try. “My cousin, Trevor Davis, was wrestling at the time and she’d seen what it had done for him. She wouldn’t even let me try basketball,” Hammerschmith said. At the time, reaching the finals match of a state tournament wasn’t even a blip on the radar. But, last weekend, that was precisely what he did. Hammerschmith battled his way to the premiere match in the 185-pound weight bracket and came up just short of his attempt at the state title. “I knew the kid (Roseburg High School’s Max Hane) was good, and I knew it would be a tough match,” Hammerschmith said. Hane had beaten Hammerschmith earlier this season, but he and Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach,  had planned for the possibility of a rematch. “He had his training in line, his attitude was good. He made a plan for himself in every match, and he had two jobs to beat Hane: stop the guy’s tilt and continue taking him down,” Ebbs said. Hane’s tilt led to his win the last time the two wrestlers met and, this time around, Hammerschmith stopped it completely. It was the other job that didn’t go quite as planned. “Zach...

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