Jan. 23, 2019 — Siuslaw hosted teams from throughout the region and from all classification levels during its annual Nick Lutz Memorial Invitational on Saturday, with the Viking boys claiming several upset-wins to secure fourth place overall — and the highest 4A finish at the 18-team meet.
“The level of wrestling was outstanding,” said Siuslaw coach Neil Wartnik. “So many of the matches went down to the wire, with numerous upsets throughout the day — and our Vikings participated in a number of them.
“We came out on the upper hand several times.”
Siuslaw junior heavyweight Matthew Horrillo had the day's highest individual finish for the Viking boys team as well as the biggest upset. Coming into the tournament ranked as the fourth seed, Horrillo went on to up-end top seed 6A wrestler Benjamin Lutz of Sheldon, 6-5, in the semi-finals match at 220 pounds. Down by 1 point in the final sec-onds of the match, Horrillo turned the tables by scoring a takedown for a 6-5 win. He then went on to pin No. 2 seed Mike Montgomery, a senior from Elmira, in 4 minutes, 23 seconds for the tournament title round.
“Matthew had an amazing day,” said Wartnik. “His championship was impressive given that he defeated the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the tournament — a feat that is rare.”
Finishing second for the Viks was senior 170-pounder Riley Jennings, who won a pair of tough matches — by pin and 15-12 decision — in order to reach the finals and face Drew Swenson of Cottage Grove. Jennings held the lead until the final seconds, when Swenson tied the match with a penalty and an escape, send it into overtime where he won in sudden victory.
“Riley’s performance at 170 was outstanding. He handled himself with great composure,” said Wartnik. “His development over the season has been impressive.”
Siuslaw also got third-place finishes from sophomores Brady Libby (120 lbs.), Elijah LaCosse (132 lbs.) and Hector Garcia (160 lbs.)
At 152 lbs., sophomore Ryan Jennings had three wins on the day to place fifth overall.
In the girls’ division, Siuslaw had outstanding performances from its three wrestlers, freshman 115-pounder Bailey Overton, sophomore Adrianna Edwards (130 lbs.) and junior Kinga Bugajska (145 lbs.)
Edwards went 2-1 on the day, pinning Angela Barrett of Sutherlin and Madalun Hampel of North Bend, both in less than 45 seconds.
She eventually lost by fall to Jasmine Sweitzer to place third overall.
Bugajska placed second, going 1-1 with a pin against Tegan Schoonover of Sutherlin (1:52), and a loss by fall to Adelle Kent of Cottage Grove in 3:03.
Overton lost both of her matches and placed third.
“Overall, the team did a great job, “Wartnik said. “Plus, watching them work together while setting up and cleaning after the event brought great satisfaction. This meet could not have happened without their efforts and the invaluable support of countless volunteers.
“The coaching staff applauds them for their cooperation and positive attitudes.”
Siuslaw competed in a dual match last night at Philomath High School (after press deadlines) and will compete at the two-day Cottage Grove Invitational this Friday and Saturday.