Wrestlers win 3 of 5 duals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity wrestling team got a lot of mat time last week, but only one Celt emerged from the fray unscathed. Junior Wyatt Kessler won all five of his matches in two days. “What’s made the difference is getting with the best partners and the toughest ones during practices,” said Kessler, who also wrestles with Salem Elite Wrestling Club at Sprague High School. Kessler said the best match of the bunch was with Afansay Chernishoff of Silverton High School at a tournament Friday, Dec. 11. “It was good because he was tough and strong and I had to overcome that with technique,” Kessler said. Kessler won by pin in the third round. McNary won three of five duals at the Silverton Tournament, but it was the two losses that stuck in the craw of Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “We lost to Mountain View and Cascade (high schools). Both of them had solid programs, but we lost and I didn’t think that was going to happen. Both those teams also lost to Silverton and I thought we were going to have some trouble with them, too, but we got the win,” Ebbs said. After the losses, Ebbs pulled the team aside for a pep talk and McNary won the Silverton match 42-37. “The lesson we got was just to...

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