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The Canby Cougar wrestling squad continued their dominant start by winning the Rick Herrin Holiday Classic at McKay High School on Saturday night.
The Cougars competed against 15 other teams — ranging from Jefferson to Tillamook — and easily captured the runaway victory, posting 219 points, which was nearly 45 more than second-place South Salem.
Two Cougars, Craig Williams and Ty Ewers, were named individual champions, winning their weight class outright in the tournament. Williams won the 120 class over Hunter Downs-Getchell of South Salem, winning by fall three minutes in.
Meanwhile, Ewers was victorious in the 126 class, beating Oscar Doces of Wells by a majority 14-1 decision.
2021 Rick Herrin Holiday Classic School Results
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Ethan Ensrud (160) and Cash Montgomery (182) placed second in their respective classes, while eight others — Matthew Young (106), Brady Froyd (113), Landon Sprague (132), Thomas Marquez (138), Zach Netter (145), James Keinonen (160), Jackson Doman (170) and Matthew Hagen (220) placed in the top six positions in their weight classes.
The Cougars placed in all but two of the 12 weight classes.
Brady Froyd had the quickest victory of the day, winning his second consolation match against Reese Fitzpatrick of Forest Grove in a lightning-fast seven seconds.
In junior varsity action, eight wrestlers placed first in their respective brackets: Nico Yazzlino, Eric Jimenez, Jesse Zimmer, Tyler Hedberg, Isaiah Parsons, Wyatt Samarin, Collin Vian and Saxon Montes.
The second-place Saxons of South Salem had three individual victors, as Aundre Chacon (113), Rene Cruz (138), and Anton Chacon (160) all won their respective events.
However, the deep Cougars lineup ensured that their victory in the first major tournament of the season was never truly in doubt.
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