Saturday, July 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Falcons top T-Birds in clash of young squads

In the midst of a trying season, the Foss wrestlers responded well against Mount Tahoma. The Falcons, who currently feature no seniors on their squad, won six of eight matches over the Thunderbirds to claim a 45-15 win at home on Jan. 16.

“We were moving around, we were staying active and pushing the pace,” said Foss junior 195-pounder Hien Ly. “We were staying controlled on top and working it.”

Ly earned a pin 19 seconds into the second round over Mount Tahoma’s Daniel Edison, after getting a key reversal toward the end of the first round to gain a 5-0 lead. The Falcons came up with four other pins on the night, as junior Joseph Wurtz began the match by pinning David Pressley just 55 seconds into the 132-pound bout. Sophomore Hung Mai followed at 138 pounds by pinning the Thunderbirds’ Zach Dean 30 seconds into the third round, after rolling to a 16-6 lead. Falcons junior 145-pounder Isaiah Smith was impressive in topping up-and-coming sophomore Garrett Owen-Bisson, gaining a 7-0 advantage before getting a pin midway through the second round.

But the Thunderbirds got some good work from two experienced seniors. Gerardo Cuevas controlled much of his match at 160 pounds against the Falcons’ Clayton Nichols, building a 5-1 lead in the first round before eventually getting an 8-4 win. Thunderbirds senior Nehemiah Barr later pinned Foss freshman Cedric Havea 20 seconds into the second round at 285 pounds.

Freshman Romeo Pathammavong outlasted Mount Tahoma junior James Pippin 7-3 at 152 pounds, and senior Jenny Dittell pinned the Thunderbirds’ Amiya Webster 50 seconds into the 113-pound girls match.

Despite being short on experience, Ly and fellow junior 106-pounder Wascar Carpio have taken it on themselves to lead the way for the Falcons. And they still have their sights set on the postseason.

“We’re going to bust our butts,” said Ly. “Taking state, that’s the goal.”