Bowmen grapplers are ready to step up
SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School wrestling team should have a familiar look to it this year, as it continues to battle in the Three Rivers League this season.
And, that's a good thing.
The Bowmen return a lot of last year's squad that finished in sixth place in the team standings at last year's Three Rivers League district tournament.
"We are returning virtually our entire varsity lineup this year," Sherwood coach Jeff Wilson said. "The strength of our team will be our depth from 120-145 pound, as well as at 220 and heavyweight."
The top returner for the Bowmen is junior Gaven Jolley, who will be wrestling in the 126-132 range. Jolley already has won a pair of Class 6A state championships, winning the 113-pound title as a freshman and then triumphing in the 120-pound weight class last year.
"He's looking to add a third state title as a junior," Wilson said.
Senior returnee Jack Murphy (120-126) is a two-time state tournament competitor and a team captain this year. He placed fourth at 126 at the TRL district tournament last year.
Senior Rustin Williams (182-195) is another returning state competitor, after placing fourth at district at 182 a year ago. He'll also be a team captain.
Returnee Jackson Barton (220) will be a junior team captain and returnee Jayden Cuthbertson (285) will be a senior team captain.
Meanwhile, according to Wilson, sophomore Nick Hekker (106) and junior Andrew Fujii (138-145) have shown a great deal of improvement this year.
The team also has some promising freshman, including Bryan Cuthbertson, Dalen Jolley and Zach Coenen, who are "looking to go to the district tournament this year," Wilson said.
The Bowmen also has a key newcomer in junior Kaden Rhinehart, who is a transfer from Missouri.
"Newberg and West Linn still look to be at the top of the league," Wilson said of the Three Rivers League this season. "We are hoping to be in the top two-three in the league this year."
The Bowmen, last Thursday, came up with a split in a TRL double dual match held at Canby High School. Sherwood fell 41-30 against Tigard, but got a 45-27 win over Canby. With the split, the Bowmen moved to 3-1 in TRL dual matches.
In the victory over Canby, Sherwood started off strong, getting pins in four of the first five matches of the contest.
Sophomore Logan Swanson got things going for the Bowmen, pinning Canby's Nick Marquez in a time of 2 minutes and 45 seconds in the 113-pound match.
At 120, Sherwood junior Haden Munson pinned Ty Leder in 4:16. Gaven Jolley, back in action after being sidelined due to an emergency appendectomy in December, then pinned Asher Chaffee in 0:38 in the 126-pound bout. Sherwood sophomore Bram Nelson, at 132, then pinned K'den McMullin in 1:51.
Fujii also picked up a win by fall at 145, as did senior Andrew Mabry at 152.
Getting decision wins for Sherwood in the match with Canby were sophomore Philip Resch at 138, Williams at 195 and Barton at 220.
Against Tigard, the Bowmen came up with a pair of victories by fall.
Mabry defeated Alexander Leon in 1:41 in the 141-pound match. At 220, Barton pinned Nicholas Miller in 2:13.
Gaven Jolley got a technical fall victory at 126. Fujii, at 145, also got a technical fall win. Winning by major decision for the Bowmen were Resch (138) and Rhinehart (170).
Sherwood was scheduled to host Tualatin in a league dual match on Wednesday. Results of that match weren't available when the Times wen to press.
The Bowmen will be back in action when they compete at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the First Interstate Bank Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.