Wrestlers take down Grizzlies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Four McNary High School wrestlers were key to picking up the team’s first win, 44-28, over McMinnville High School since the Grizzlies joined the Greater Valley Conference. “It was a four-man puzzle, and we had some kids step up who had never been bumped up a weight class before. You do that and it’s like a flip of a coin. It was a string of kids that came out of their shell and did some good things,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. McNary hosted the meet Thursday, Dec. 17. It came down to needing a 195-pound wrestler to win the duel, Ebbs added. To make that happen, Celt Jesse Gomez wrestled at 160 pounds and lost by pin. Up next Carlos Vincent, usually a 160-pound entry, wrestled at 170 and won in a 16-8 major decision. Blake Gerstner wrestled at 182 pounds and won a barn burner with a 15-9 final score. McNary’s Isaiah Putnam, who was giving up about 20 pounds by the time he took the mat at 195 pounds, won in an 8-2 decision. “It was a good milestone. McMinnville is one of the teams that floats near the top and we knew they had four studs coming out this year. We ended up losing those matches, but we competed well even in those matches,” Ebbs said. The...

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