HUFF PINS STATE TITLE


Senior heavyweight Kainan Lane finished fifth at 285 pounds.

The Vikings took a total of four wrestlers to this year's Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 4A state wrestling meet at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, where junior Richard Huff (113 lbs.), senior Kainan Lane (285 lbs.), senior Nick Steinman (170 lbs) and sophomore Riley Jennings (152 lbs.) were on the mats for a chance at state titles.
   The two-day competition began Friday, with Steinman and Jennings unfortunately eliminated by day's end. However, Lane and Huff continued into Saturday after two wins in the qualifying rounds.
   Huff pinned both of his opponents, first against Colton West from Marshfield in 1 minute, 40 seconds. He then went on to battle Jarrett Graff in the quarterfinals in 5:01.
   Lane also pinned his way into Saturday's semifinals, defeating Miguel Galindo of Ontario (2:32) and Rogelio Ramirez of North Marion (3:51).
   Both wrestlers advanced to the semifinals, where Huff earned a spot in the championship round with a major 13-3 decision over Robert Watkins of Sweet Home.
   Lane, however, picked up his first loss of the tournament after being pinned by Dylan Porter of Elmira in 1:31.
   The loss moved Lane into the consolation semifinals, where he lost by decision to Caleb Parrott of Crook County, 6-1 . From there, Lane faced Donnie Clark of McLoughlin, who came into the meet ranked at No. 2. Lane hammered Clark, pinning him in just 1:40 for fifth place overall.
   In the championship match at 113 pounds, Huff squared off against Molalla freshman Maximus Tate, who had beaten Marshfield sophomore Frankie Harlow in the semifinals, 10-6 .
   In this match, Tate quickly found himself in trouble as Huff took him to the mat within the first minute then pinned him in 1:42 for the 113-pound 4A state title.
   Huff went undefeated at state, 4-0 , and was 40-3 for the season and undefeated at 18-0 in the 113-pound bracket.
   Sweet Home won the 4A team title by just one-half point over Crook County, 181 to 181.5. Marshfield was fourth (147), and Siuslaw was 12th in team scoring with 49 points.

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