Day: March 7, 2016

Ebbs, Burrows fourth in state, Phelps fifth

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity wrestling team posted three state placers at the tournament held in Portland Feb. 26 and 27. Celt sophomore Brayden Ebbs led the way, finishing fourth in the 138-pound weight class. He improved on his sixth place finish as a freshman. “I wrestled hard and did most of the things I should have. I had a pretty quick first day, but the second day you have to have a completely different mindset because every match is going to get tougher and tougher,” Brayden said. While Brayden was visibly disappointed in not coming home with a state title, father and McNary Head Coach Jason Ebbs said there was little reason for it. “He walked into the state tournament with his confidence exactly where he needed to be, but there were five returning state placers at his weight class,” Jason said. “Watching him go out there with that confidence facing those odds was comforting.” Ebbs made it to the semifinals before getting ousted from title contention, but already has his sights on goals for next year. “I’m definitely still chasing that state title, but I also hope to go undefeated next year,” Brayden said. Senior Jon Phelps placed fifth at 132 pounds. Phelps, the third of three brothers to graduate from the program, scored the family’s biggest trophy. “Jon beat...

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