By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary went to the Oregon Classic in Redmond to face the best teams in the state.
The dual tournament did not disappoint as the Celtics went 1-5 on Jan. 12-13.
“Right now we’re just going through some lumps and bruises,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “We’re trying to put together the best lineup we can put out there, have some injury issues that we’re dealing with, some other issues keeping some kids out of our lineup.”
The Celtics went 1-3 in pool play on Friday, with the lone winning coming against Hidden Valley, 46-34. McNary then lost both of its matches on Saturday, falling to Centennial and Barlow.
“We just couldn’t get all 14 of our guys firing at their best at the same time in one dual,” Ebbs said. “It kind of came in pockets and waves and as a result our dual match score didn’t look so good. We’ve still got a number of guys just trying to finish off learning their skills and learning how to compete and get to that next level. That’s the No. 1 reason why we go there, to wrestle high level competition so we can come back and put the final touches on the team that’s getting ready for districts.”
Senior Brayden Ebbs didn’t wrestle Friday, recovering from a concussion. He returned Saturday and went 2-0 with two pins at 160 pounds.
Enrique Vincent finished 5-1 at 126 pounds with the only loss coming to No. 1 ranked Phillip Kue of Centennial.
“He’s (Kue) got a great shot. He got in on our legs,” coach Ebbs said. “We couldn’t stop it and we couldn’t find an answer in the six minutes they gave us but we’ll go back and find an answer this week. Wrestling is not that much different than any other sport, doesn’t matter whether we win or lose that match right now, that’s the guy we’ve got to beat when we get to state in about five weeks. So we’ll go to the drawing board and get ready to wrestle that match.”
Freshman Grady Burrows went 4-2 at 106 pounds for McNary.
“They were pretty good kids when he lost but he’s doing a great job,” Ebbs said. “He’s a shining star. He’s a freshman wrestling varsity and doing well and contributing to our team. He’s a guy who should be putting his sights on the state tournament. And if he can get things to go his way, he could have a shot at getting a medal at the state tournament as a freshman.”
McNary sophomore Nicollette Parra won the high school girls tournament on Saturday.
At 135 pounds, Parra earned three pins to get to the finals, where she won by a 6-4 decision.
“She beat a girl (Emma Truex) that’s ranked 15th in the nation in the semifinals on her way to winning that tournament,” Ebbs said. “She’s doing really well for herself.”