The morning after leaving as winners on the football field after the final game of their careers, two Spartans started their wrestling seasons with a bang. Cole Siemon and Nick Peterson headed to Clackamas Community College for the annual takedown tournament looking to get an early jump on their senior seasons. They did not disappoint.
140 pound Siemon drew a first round bye before facing NWOC rival Anthony Coates of St. Helens. In this tournament only takedowns are scored and a five takedown lead before the end of the third period constitutes a tech. Siemon dispatched Coats handily with a five takedown tech. In the semifinals he faced Freddy Hernandez of Woodburn and won by a score of 4-1. The finals would prove to be more difficult as Siemon would face defending 2A state champion Hunter McIrvin from Central Linn. Siemon was in control the entire match and won by a score of 2-0 to win the championship.
Competing in the 170 pound weight class, Nick Peterson started out with a quick 5-0 tech over Tyler Ensworth from Askeo Wrestling in Washington. In the semifinals he squared off against Chael Williams of Gladstone and had a 2-0 lead before Williams had to injury default with an ankle injury. In the championship round Peterson faced Vinny Chesnutt of Lake Oswego. Peterson dominated the match and won 3-1 to win the championship. Peterson pulled double duty and also wrestled the 174 pound class of the college division and placed fourth. Saturday marked a fantastic beginning for the Spartans who will see more pre season action at the Pacific Open next weekend.