Hillsboro wrestling’s season concluded Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Spartans fell a little short of their goals, but ended their season on high notes. As a team, the Spartans finished in the top 10 and were the top team out of the NWOC with 77.5 points. Thirteen wrestlers qualified for HilHi and eight won matches. Wrestling tough but coming up empty handed were 120 Josh Smith, 138 Jackson Godsey, 145 Jayden Strickland, Adonai Peraza Nava, and 195 Darrius Walker.
Wrestling at 120, Damon Chavez won his first match over Joshua Sitowski of Churchill before dropping consecutive matches. 126 Ralphy Medina scored a major upset in the opening round pinning seeded Zane Stewart of Thurston and later beating Ty Pearson of Central 3-2 to go 2-2 over the weekend. 145 Scott Ellis had a win by fall over Victor Rodriguez of Crook County along with two losses. 132 Cole Siemon has to battle through adversity and injury during the tournament. He opened up with an 8-7 decision over Ishmael Blas of North Eugene. In the quarter finals, Siemon suffered a major pectoral injury early in the second period and dropped 6-4 decision in overtime to Chad Muenzer of Hood River Valley. Thought to be finished by his injury, the senior showed that he would go out on his own terms and wrestled twice more pinning Lebanon’s Austin Dalton before succumbing to the injury and losing by fall to Jacob Curry of Redmond.
Senior 182 Chris Day became a state placer for the first time cementing his place in Spartan lore with a sixth place finish. Day finished the tournament 3-3 with a 5-4 victory over Julian Tormis of Dallas, a 10-6 overtime decision over Riylie Kauffman of Scappoose, and a win by fall over Willamette’# Michael Dardis. He would go on to drop an 8-3 decision to Jared Coxen of Dallas in the 5th place match. Junior 126 Tristin Keffer finally got his chance to compete at state after disappointing circumstances his first two seasons. He made the most of the opportunity with a 3-2 record and a fourth place finish. On Friday Keffer was dominant pinning Central’s Ty Pearson and beating Angel Diaz of Crater 10-4 to advance to the Saturday morning semifinal against number one seed Hunter Mode of Crook County. He wrestled Mode tough in a tight match for the first two periods, but in the third round Mode was able to pick up the win by fall. In the consolation semifinals Austin Anderson of Redmond had Keffer on the ropes with a 3-0 lead and choice of bottom position going into the final two minutes. There was no panic, only a top technique clinic as Anderson was turned to his back multiple times giving Keffer a 7-3 victory and a spot in the third place match. The magic ran out as Keffer fell to Hunter Eveland of Crescent Valley 4-0 and placing fourth.
220 Junior Trevor Schubmehl was a first time state qualifier after an injury ended his sophomore campaign early. Schubmehl was more than ready. He won his two Friday matches by fall over Bradley Castro of Eagle Point and Noah Ochs of Wilsonville. In the Saturday semifinal, Schubmehl lost a 11-3 major decision to eventual state champion Antonio Garcia of North Salem. The one loss wouldn’t discourage him as he finished strong with a pin of North Eugene’s Logan Kerr and a pin of Scappoose’s Quincy Cleveland in the third place match. The final pin was Schubmehl’s 33rd of the season along with his three earlier pins breaking school record of 29.
160 Senior Nick Peterson has only one goal and that was to be state champion. At the end of Friday he was on his way after a 9-1 major decision over Angel Perez of Crater and 5-3 decision over Bryce Miller of Dallas. Saturday morning his heart was broken. In a semifinal match full of close and controversial calls, Chase Miller of Lebanon came out on top off a 5-3 decision leaving Peterson scrambling to reasses his goals. The loss lit a fire under him as he beat Isaac Urbina of Pendleton by tech fall 16-1 and was victorious by major decision over Redmond’s Clayton Elrod 11-2 in the third place match. Peterson’s final victory was his 50th of the season and the 160thof his career both school records. Spring wrestling will continue for some of the Spartans, of the placers, Peterson is planning on wrestling in college, Day will go on a mission for his church, while Schubmehl and Keffer will look to improve on their finishes in their senior year of 2020.