Viks wrestlers show well at CG invite

Jan. 30, 2019 — “We had a phenomenal Saturday,” Siuslaw wrestling coach Neil Wartnik said of his team’s performance during last weekend’s Cottage Grove Invitational, where the Siuslaw boys placed 14th out of 26 teams, and the girls’ team landed second among 24 teams.

The Lady Vikings’ four-member team was narrowly edged out of first place by Cottage Grove’s 24-member team.

Freshmen Bailey Overton (115 lbs.) and Hayden Muller (135 lbs.) each won titles on Saturday, with junior Adriana Edwards (135 lbs.) placing second and junior Kinga Bugajska (145 lbs.) finishing third overall.

Muller had three wins on the day, defeating McKenzie Haden of Ashland (3:17), Barbara Caudillo of North Eugene (1:49) and teammate Edwards (2:57). Overtone also had three wins, all within the second round or sooner — including a win over Linda Cline of Elmira in just 56 seconds.

All four Lady Viks earned the right to compete for state berths during the first Oregon school Activities Association (OSAA) girls state wrestling tournament at Thurston High School in Springfield this Friday and Saturday.

The top two finishers in each weight division will move on to the state tournament in Portland Feb. 22-23.

"The girls performance was definitely the highlight of the day," said Wartnik, whose boys' team also had standout performances at Cottage Grove, including four finishes among the top five.

Junior 220-pounder Matthew Horrillo went 3-0 Saturday and 6-1 overall to place third in his bracket. Among Horrillo’s wins was a rematch with Noah Knight of Douglas, who defeated Horrillo 7-2 in the opening match of the tour-nament on Friday.

Horrillo went on to win his next six matches, including his re-match with Knight, 6-1 to take third place.

At 120 lbs., sophomore Brady Libby placed fourth, fellow sophomore Ryan Jennings earned fourth place at 152 lbs., and senior Riley Jennings finished the 170-lb. bracket in fifth place.

Tomorrow night, Siuslaw will host a senior dual with South Umpqua, beginning at 6 p.m.


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