Bayne wins 5A state title for Crater
One down, three more to go.
That’s obviously putting the cart before the horse in the case of Crater standout Elijah Bayne, but you can’t join rare company as a potential four-time state champion without winning your first time around.
The freshman Bayne left little doubt Saturday in claiming his first-ever Class 5A wrestling state championship, scoring a 10-4 decision over second-seeded Crook County freshman Landon Lavey in the 113-pound finals at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.
Bayne, seeded fourth, previously needed 33 seconds to pin Milwaukie’s Logan Bohlmann and scored a fall in 1:56 over Redmond’s John Browning to set up his closest match of the day in the semifinals against Joseph Johnson of Dallas.
In a close-to-the-vest semifinal, Bayne scored a 6-3 decision over Johnson, who was coming off an upset pin over top-seeded Wyatt Dingman of St. Helens.
With his win in the finals, Bayne ran his record to 30-6 as Lavey dropped to 32-8.
Eagle Point senior Dylan Dahling also was able to reach the championship finals but came up short and had to settle for second place at 132 pounds.
The Comets finished with five state placers overall behind strong showings from seniors Matthew Bolanos (third, 145), Brayden Gray (fourth, 160) and Ryan McCarty (fourth, 126) and junior Ty Havniear (fifth, 132).
Crater scored a top-10 finish in the team standings, placing seventh overall with 107 points. Eagle Point was eighth with 81 points.
Crescent Valley won the 5A team title with 241 points, followed by Crook County (210.5), Thurston (208.5) and Redmond (152).
“The really cool thing is every kid on our team won at least one match in the tournament,” said EP head coach Kacey McNulty. “Bringing 12 kids, you’re bound to have a kid who doesn’t have any success and we had success with all of our kids, which was nice.”
Dahling was dominant early Saturday at 132, posting a 16-5 major decision over Tanner Wallace of Lebanon and pin in 1:27 over second-seeded Hood River Valley junior Carson Farlow to reach the semifinals. In his bid to reach the finals, Dahling secured a hard-fought 13-8 decision over Isaac Jones of Dallas.
Against top-seeded junior DJ Gillett of Crescent Valley, Dahling got caught late in the second round and suffered a fall in 4:55 to finish at 21-7 overall and as state runner-up for the Eagles.
It was Gillett’s third straight state title in three attempts for Crescent Valley.
“The kid’s a national champion; he’s tough, real tough,” McNulty said of Gillett. “(Dahling) had a solid showing in the semis and, really, he was dominant until the finals.”
Bolanos was the only Crater wrestler to join Bayne in reaching the semifinal round, posting a pin in 1:05 over Ashtin Kauffman of Scappoose and a 5-1 decision over Brayden Newport of South Albany. Redmond’s Junior Downing — the eventual state champion at 145 — got the best of Bolanos in the semis, 15-5.
Undaunted, Bolanos pinned Owen Hess of Dallas in 2:03 to reach the third-place final, where he pinned Crook County’s Gavin Sandoval at the end of the first round.
In other third-place finals, McCarty dropped a 10-2 major decision to Thurston’s Braylin Ruchti and Gray was pinned in 2:56 by Benjamin Rintoul of Scappoose, who had earlier pinned him in the quarterfinals.
Havniear won by a technical fall, 19-2, over West Albany’s Jarron Huebner in the fifth-place final.
Sophomore Robert Howes was Eagle Point’s only other state placer besides Dahling after he finished fourth at 120.
Howes suffered a 12-3 loss to Jose Romero of Dallas in his first tournament match but battled back through the consolation bracket with two falls, a major decision and a 6-4 victory over Gavin Schaer of St. Helens to secure his spot in the third-place final. One of those pins came at the expense of two-time state-placer Logan Hill of Redmond.
In the third-place final, Silverton’s Jacob Moore scored a pin in 3:39 over the unseeded Howes.
“He showed a lot of grit and worked hard and had a good tournament,” McNulty said of Howes. “He was third in our league and fourth in the state so he had a great tournament.”
For Ashland, freshman Lindson Turner placed fifth after advancing to the semifinals at 126.
Turner suffered his first loss of the tournament in the semis on a pin in 2:17 by eventual four-time state champion Gabe Whisenhunt of Crescent Valley, and then was edged 4-2 by McCarty in the consolation semifinals.
In the fifth-place match, Turner scored a 9-5 decision over Redmond’s Jose Terrazas.
TEAM SCORES (TOP 10): Crescent Valley 241, Crook County 210.5, Thurston 208.5, Redmond 152, Dallas 119, Hillsboro 110, Crater 107, Eagle Point 81, Silverton 63, St. Helens 63.
Other Local Teams
23, Ashland, 20.
106 — Everest Sutton, Crescent Valley, pinned Billy Jackson, Redmond, 1:38; 113 — Elijah Bayne, Crater, dec. Landon Lavey, Crook County, 10-4; 120 — Tucker Bonner, Crook County, dec. Mitch Warren, Crook County, 10-3; 126 — Gabe Whisenhunt, Crescent Valley, pinned Anthony Comer, Scapppoose, 3:29; 132 — DJ Gillett, Crescent Valley, pinned Dylan Dahling, Eagle Point, 4:55.
138 — Kolton Malone, Thurston, dec. Derek Sossie, West Albany, 9-2; 145 — Junior Downing, Redmond, dec. Ethan Dunigan, Central, 7-5; 152 — Hunter Harwood, Thurston, pinned Daniel Jaramillo, Ridgeview, 1:35; 160 — Dylan Lee, Redmond, dec. Austin Dalton, Crescent Valley, 8-2.
170 — Daschle Lamer, Crescent Valley, tech. fall Brayden Duke, Crook County, 16-1; 182 — James Rowley, Crescent Valley, pinned Marshall Rodenbeck, Wilsonville, 1:41; 195 — Hayden Walters, Crescent Valley, pinned Ray Solis, Crook County, 4:45; 220 — Vaun Halstead, Thurston, dec. Sebastian Echeverria, Hillsboro, 7-1; 285 — Riley Godek, Crescent Valley, major dec. Neal Walter, North Bend, 14-3.
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