PORTLAND — West Albany High’s Mitchell Sorte won all three of his Friday matches at the OSAA 6A state wrestling championships to reach the semifinals.
The two-day tournament ends Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
Sorte, seeded third at 160 pounds, opened with an 11-0 major decision over Beaverton’s Andre Curtiss and won a 9-6 decision against Doran Gillespie of Roseburg in his second match. The junior then pinned Reynolds’ Joseph Mercado 3 minutes, 38 seconds in the quarterfinals.
Sorte will face second-seeded Taran Floyd of West Linn in Saturday’s semifinals.
West Albany teammates Wyatt French (120), Sawyer Myres (138) and Chandler Villareal (152) all advanced to the quarters before losing.
Lebanon teammates Cameron Alley (138), Joseph Blisseck (160), Tanner Sallee (182) and Jake Cripe (220) all reached the semifinals.
Sallee, the bracket’s top seed, cruised through with two easy pins while Cripe, seeded seventh, upset No. 2 Mario Nonato of Redmond by a 3-1 sudden victory in the quarterfinals.
Sixth-seeded Blisseck also pulled a quarterfinal upset, beating No. 3 Joseph Michelson of Springfield 10-4. Alley, seeded third, defeated Pendleton’s Jeff Kovach 11-7 to advance.
All 10 of South Albany’s state entries fell in the first round.
Sweet Home showed off its depth during Friday’s action, placing nine competitors into the semifinals.
Jacob Royer (106), Robert Watkins (113), Kobe Olson (126), Travis Thorpe (126), Dillon Stutzman (132), Ricky Yunke (138), Justin Kurtz (138), Jake Porter (145) and Bryce Coulter (182) all made it through to the semis. The Sweet Home teammates are on opposite sides of the bracket at 126 and 138.
Royer, Olson and Porter are all No. 1 seeds.
The Huskies, who placed fourth in the team points race last year, have earned a trophy for a top-four finish in eight of the last 10 seasons. Sweet Home is poised to add to its trophy collection Saturday.
Harrisburg got off to a strong start in the tournament by advancing five wrestlers in Saturday’s semifinals.
Top-seeded Dax Bennett (152) and second-seeded Layten Briggs (170) won their quarterfinals by fall. Eagles winning by decision were Chance Hendrickson (seeded first at 113), Grant Laiblin (seeded third at 132) and Deven Contreras (160).
Scio’s Jason Mask got one of the biggest upsets in the 3A brackets, knocking off second-seeded Chase Onstot of Williamina, 6-5, in a 220 quarterfinal.
Teammate Brandon Zeiher (145) also won his quarterfinal by a point. Dru Cook knocked off fourth-seeded Curtis Hollinger of Nyssa, 7-4, at 170.
Scio’s Jacob Lowther, seeded second at 285, also advanced to the semifinals.
Santiam Christian’s Jason Manzi is in the semis with a 13-7 win against Willamina’s David Elwood in a 138 quarterfinal. Manzi is seeded third.
Central Linn’s Caleb Day and Ben Hughes made the semifinals.
Day, the second seed at 126, earned a 14-4 major decision against Monroe’s Alec Avery in their quarterfinal. Hughes, seeded second at 182, pinned Adrian’s Drake Marquez in the first round.
Central Linn’s Mike Day, the second seed at 132, was pinned in the third round by Monroe’s Justin Doyle.