Six local wrestlers, Union win crowns

Titans easily outdistance Kelso at Pacific Coast meet

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor



Six Vancouver wrestlers claimed individual championships and Union ran away with the team title Friday at the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships at Hudson’s Bay High School.

Dillon Thomas and Bryson Page won individual titles for the Titans, who easily outdistanced second-place Kelso to claim the team title 171-128.5.

Page claimed his title at 195 pounds with a 9-7 overtime victory against Calob O’Halek of Olympic.

Thomas prevailed at 182 pounds in the lone all-Clark County final of the evening, beating Prairie’s Cody Geary 8-3.

The signature championship match of the night came at 120 pounds, where Evergreen’s Matthew Nguyen face Kelso’s Josh Newberg for the title.

Nguyen, a 4A state runner-up at state last year, was ranked No. 2 in the state at all classifications at 120 pounds by the Washington Wrestling Report. Newberg, a 2011 3A state champion, is the top-ranked wrestler at 113 pounds.

But it was Nguyen coming away with an 8-7 victory in the final on Friday.

Evergreen’s Michael Nguyen, a 4A state champion in 2011, beat Brian Burchett of Klahowya 5-0 to win at 113 pounds.

Two Hudson’s Bay wrestlers captured PacCoast titles on their home mat. Aaron Blaine beat Daniel Leonard of Sherwood, Ore., 5-1 to win at 138 pounds, while Anniru Kamara beat Matthew Cuzzetto of Edmonds-Woodway 7-2 to win the 145-pound division title.

Oregon City (124.5), Chiawana of Pasco (119), Churchill of Springfield, Ore., (118.5) and Evergreen rounded out the top six in the team standings.