Eagle Point High Coach Kacey McNulty took a total of 12 wrestlers to the State Tournament in Portland Feb 22-23, held at the Memorial Coliseum. At the end of day one, the Eagles were in fifth place with 53 points, trailing Hermiston, Dallas, Redmond and Sandy. With a good finish in day two of the tournament, the Eagles stood a chance of moving up in the bracket. Hermiston built up a good lead in the first day of action and would b hard to displace.
In the 113-lb division, Christian Torrico, in his first match, went up against tournament favorite Matt Hofenbredl of Dallas and lost by a fall at 4:47 into the match. Torrico then dropped into the loser bracket and dropped a 6-3 decision to Matthew Lucero of Wilsonville. With the second loss Torrico was eliminated from further action.
Senior Orlando De La Cruz recorded a fall against Alex Vazques of Sherwood in 1:48, then dropped a 13-0 decision to the number 3 seed in Charlie Vandetta of Lebanon. That loss dropped De La Cruz into the Loser bracket where he wrestled Dakota Peterson of Sandy and won that match by a fall in 4:30. That set up a Saturday match against J.R. Pascual of Willamette.
Eddie Perez at 126-lbs advanced to the second round in the winner bracket by virtue of a forfeit win over Clayton Lopez of Corvallis. At that point, Preez ran into the #1 seed in the tournament in that weight division, Austin Wallace-Lister of Wilson and lost a 12-4 decision to drop into the loser bracket. Perez then wrestled Ryan Skeen of Pendleton and recorded a fall in 1:29 to set up a Saturday match with Cayman Goin of Silverton in the race for the third place finish in the tournament.
Also at 126-lbs, sophomore Levi Pomeroy ran into a tough opponent in the first match in #2 seed Alex Rich of Crescent Valley. Pomeroy was counted out in 31-seconds of the first round, dropping him to the third place bracket where he recorded a fall over Steven Patton of Sandy in 2:02. He then faced Jacob Brundridge of Silverton and won by a 14-2 margin to set up a Saturday match with Wyatt Scribner of Hermiston.
Freshman Ethan Pomeroy, also at 126-lbs, ran into the #2 seed in Dylan Holcomb of Pendleton in his first match of the tournament and lost by a fall in 1:55. He then faced David Holmquist and lost by another fall in 4:23.
Sophomore James McCoy faced Nick Bradford of Dallas in the 152-lb division and recorded a 7-0 decision to advance to the second round in the winners’ bracket. There he faced Alex Ferder of Pendleton and recorded a fall in 1:28 to set up the Saturday meeting with #1 seed Wyatt Passantino of Dallas.
Also in the 152-lb division Thane Baumer faced a tough opponent in the #2 seed in Tyler White of Sandy, dropping a fall in 5:43 to send him to the loser bracket. There he faced Bob Coleman of Hermiston, recording a 9-0 decision. He then squared off with John Luttrell of St. Helens and recorded a fall in 1:14. That set up a Saturday match with Hunter Dehlin of Liberty in the race for the third place finish.
Senior Caleb Ash dropped his first match by a 17-6 margin to KiAnte’ Davis of Lebanon to drop him into the 3rd place bracket where he faced Chadd Rund of Sandy High School. He finished Rund with a fall in 3:54 to advance in the bracket where he recorded a 5-4 decision over Andrew Rice of Sherwood. That win set up a Saturday match with Robert Akil of Milwaukie.
Hunter Hoeptner of Eagle Point, the #3 seed in the tournament in the 160-lb weight class, faced Jesee Rodelo of Hermiston, recording a fall in 4:34 to advance to the second round against C J McKinnis of Sandy High School. Hoeptner finished off McKinnis even faster in this round by recording a pin in just 1:28. That advanced him to a match with the #2 seed in Scotty Dunagan of Dallas on Saturday.
Sophomore Blane Cloney drew a match with the #1 seed in the tournament in the 170-lb division, Kyle Bateman of Sandy. Cloney was pinned in 3:46, dropping him to the loser bracket where he faced Thomas Reed-Duston of Madison. There Cloney dropped a 6-1 decision, dropping him out of the tournament.
Senior Johnny Wilkerson advanced into the second round in the 182-lb division with a 5-3 decision over JR Sengphet of Madison High School, but unfortunately forfeited his next match. Wilkerson also had to forfeit a match against Brennen Yates of Redmond in the losers’ bracket to eliminate him from the tournament.
According to OSAA online records, the Eagles last recorded a state championship team in 1989 under the direction of Coach Bob Bergen. During a period of five years, the Eagles won the championship three years and were runner up twice more.