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PREP WRESTLING: Dallas takes McKay Tournament title

SALEM -- Wyatt Passantino and Matt Hofenbredl each nabbed individual titles and a host of Dallas wrestlers picked up runner-up finishes to help the Dragons win their first tournament of the season with Saturday's victory at the McKay Holiday Classic.

December 05, 2012

SALEM -- Wyatt Passantino and Matt Hofenbredl each nabbed individual titles and a host of Dallas wrestlers picked up runner-up finishes to help the Dragons win their first tournament of the season with Saturday's victory at the McKay Holiday Classic.

Wyatt Passantino

Wyatt Passantino

Dallas won the tournament with 382 points, topping second-place Churchill (314 points) and third-place Union (303« points).

The victory came a day after the Class 5A defending state champions dropped a tough title-match dual to five-time Class 6A state champion Roseburg in Friday's McNary Duals Tournament.

Matt Hofenbredl

Matt Hofenbredl

"The neat thing about these two tournaments back to back was that everybody kind of had to battle," Dallas coach Tony Olliff said. "We had some good matches."

Saturday, Passantino swept through the field in the 152-pound class, pinning all five of his opponents, including title-match foe Justin Waldrop of North Salem, whom he pinned in 57 seconds.

"Wyatt just tore his way through the tournament," Olliff said of the senior. "He really wrestled tough -- we gave him the trophy on the way home."

Hofenbredl, last year's 5A state champ at 106 pounds, defeated Union's Daniel Rice in the 120-pound title match to capture Dallas' other individual title.

The sophomore was unbeaten on the entire weekend, as he won all three of his matches in Friday's McNary tournament.

Placing second in Saturday's tournament for the Dragons were Cody Bibler (106), Brady Andersen (138), Scotty Dunagan (170), David Rebischke (182) and Riley Sipe (285). Nolan Miller (106), Marquez Ensey (132) and Tristan Ringhouse (195) all took third.

In Friday's tournament, Dallas defeated Cleveland 51-19 and McMinnville 49-15 before taking on Roseburg in the final, where the Dragons fell 42-28.

Bibler, Miller, Hofenbredl, Andersen and Sipe picked up wins in the title dual.

"Since the whole six classification thing, Roseburg's only been beaten once (in the state tournament)," Olliff said. "They're the Hermiston of 6A. We gave them about as good a dual as we can right now, plus we still get two more shots at them at North Bend and possibly Reser.

"I was proud of our effort.

NEXT MATCH

Dallas at Army Strong Coast Classic

When: Friday-Saturday.

Where: North Bend High School.

What: The 27th annual Coast Classic will feature 34 teams from the state of Oregon as well as surrounding states with more than 600 wrestlers participating.