Sawyer Myres

West Albany High's Sawyer Myres, top, is the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds for the 6A state championships. 

Fresh off his first district title, West Albany High’s Sawyer Myres is seeded second in the 138-pound bracket for this weekend’s OSAA 6A state wrestling championships.

The two-day tournament for all classifications runs Friday and Saturday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

Myres, a senior, defeated McMinnville’s Andrew Mushombe by a 9-1 major decision for the 138 title at the Greater Valley Conference championships. Myres was the district runner-up at the same weight a season ago and went on to place sixth at state.

West seniors Mitchell Sorte (160) and Caulin Leach (195) are both seeded eighth in their respective brackets.

Sorte, last year’s 160 GVC champion, is looking to improve on his third-place state finish. Leach will be making his first state appearance.

The Bulldogs, who have nine total state entries, took second at the district tournament and went 8-0 in GVC duals.


Lebanon has three seeded competitors for the 5A state championships.

Joseph Blisseck is the No. 3 seed at 160 while teammates Keith Brown (fourth, 195) and Chase Miller (sixth, 145) are also seeded. Blisseck and Brown both captured Mid-Willamette Conference district titles last weekend.

South Albany has two seeded wrestlers in Angel Huerta (third, 220) and Chandler Villarreal (fourth, 152). The two seniors topped the podium at districts.

Eight Warriors and four Rebels will be competing at state.


As Sweet Home looks to defend its team title at the 4A state championships, 12 of the Huskies’ 15 entries are seeded.

Special District 2 champions Boe Baxter (third, 152), Nich James (third, 182), Connor Ford (fourth, 113), Bryce Porter (fourth, 120) and Hayden McDonald (fourth, 160) lead the way for the Huskies. Teammates Robert Watkins (fifth, 120), Robbie Yunke (fifth, 132), Travis Thorpe (fifth, 138), Ricky Yunke (fifth, 145), Bryce Coulter (fifth, 195), Jackson Royer (sixth, 126) and Justin Kurtz (sixth, 138) are also seeded.

The Huskies ran away with the district team points race, finishing with a score of 386.5. Cascade was second at 241.

At last year’s state tournament, Sweet Home (181) edged Crook County (180.5) by the slimmest of margins to win the team title.


Harrisburg junior Dax Bennett is the No. 1 overall seed at 182 for the 3A state championships.

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Bennett, a three-time Special District 2 champion, already owns state titles at 132 and 152.

Harrisburg teammates Chance Hendrickson (120), Chandler Strauss (152) and Leithan Briggs (170) are all seeded second in their respective brackets. Russell Talmadge is the No. 4 seed at 106.

Hendrickson was the 113 state champion a season ago.

Scio has two No. 2 seeds in Brandon Zeiher (145) and Jacob Lowther (285). Fellow Logger Adam Stratemeyer is seeded second at 160, as is Jefferson’s Conner Fairchild at 138.

Santiam Christian’s Caleb Beck is the No. 3 seed at 195.


Central Linn has four seeded wrestlers as it prepares to vie for the team title at the 2A/1A state championships.

Hunter McIrvin (113), Mike Day (138) and Justin Malone (285) are all seeded first atop their respective brackets. Day is a four-time Special District 3 champion in search of his first state title.

Teammate Mason Sloan is the No. 2 seed at 170.

Mike Day’s younger brother, Caleb Day, is also in the 138-pound bracket.


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