As of Wednesday, February 10, 2016
SOUTH ALBANY — Dallas’ wrestling team won the Mid-Valley Classic on Saturday in the team’s final tournament before the Mid-Willamette Conference district championships on Feb. 19 and 20.
Joseph Foster (113 pounds), Noah Sickles (126), Ean Woodruff (138), Tanner Earhart (152), Jeff Dunagan (170), Clay Coxen (182) and Marcos Molina (220) placed first to lead the Dragons.
“We are no longer trying to add to our repertoire, we are just trying to hone the skills we’ve shown the wrestlers at this point,” Dallas coach Tony Olliff said. “If we can stay healthy and keep the wrestlers focused at this point, that’s good.”
The Mid-Valley Classic not only gave Dallas momentum, but played a big role in preparing the Dragons for a run at another district title.
“One of the big reasons we went to South Albany is because that’s where our district tournament is going to be,” Olliff said. “I think the gym will be pretty familiar to us if we spend the Saturday before in it. The other goal is to get everyone some varsity exposure so that some of our younger district entrees aren’t going through any type of shock at the district tournament.”
Dallas also defeated Silverton 61-13 in the team’s final dual meet on Feb. 3.
GIRLS BASKETBALL SPLITS LEAGUE GAMES: Dallas’ girls basketball team defeated Woodburn 50-37 on Feb. 3 before falling to Central 50-43 on Friday. The loss meant the Dragons (10-9 overall, 5-4 MWC) fell two games behind the Panthers for third place. Dallas holds a two-game lead over Crescent Valley for fourth. The Dragons played South Albany Tuesday after press time before hosting Corvallis Friday at 7 p.m. Dallas plays at Crescent Valley on Tuesday.