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Dallas’ David Rebischke, right, grapples with Tillamook’s Jordan Thompson in his 182-pound title match Saturday.
January 16, 2013
DALLAS -- The 2011-12 season proved to be the best in school history for the Dallas High wrestling team.
The Dragons brought home an inaugural Class 5A state team championship, two individual state title winners and became the pride of the city.
Except David Rebischke wasn't part of any of it.
Well, unless you count the then-sophomore watching his older brother, Ben, win on Oregon's biggest prep stage in the 220-pound final -- from the stands.
"Oh man, that was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," David Rebischke, now a junior, said of sitting out last season with an injury called "jersey finger," which he sustained during the 2011 football season.
"Especially with the whole team winning state and missing out on that, that was a huge deal.
"And then there was my brother winning state -- which was super cool and I was very happy for him -- but not being able to share some of the glory with him ... it was really tough, really tough."
So, when David Rebischke steamrolled through Saturday's annual Dallas Booster Club Tournament to take the 182-pound title, you might say the youngest Rebischke brother -- his oldest brother, Gabe, placed third at state in 2009 -- is out to show what he can do on the wrestling mat.
Dallas’ Wyatt Passantino, right, won the title in the 152-pound bracket at Saturday’s Dallas Tournament.
Rebischke was one of four title winners for Dallas Saturday, helping the Dragons to a second-place team finish with 315« points. Tillamook edged the Dragons for the tournament title with 324 points and Tualatin was third with 208 points.
Central, led by Collyn Lawson's second-place finish at 195 pounds, placed seventh with 111 points.
Other title winners for Dallas included Matt Hofenbredl (120), Ryan Spencer (138) and Wyatt Passantino (152).
Rebischke finished his 3-0 day with a first-round pin of Tillamook's Jordan Thompson. It was his first tournament title of the season for the 16-4 Rebischke, who placed third at North Bend's Coast Classic Dec. 7-8.
Like his brother Ben, a 220-pound state champion whose goal was to top his older brother Gabe's wrestling success, David said he, too, is motivated by his family's wrestling accomplishments.
"I've always been one that if you set that bar, I'll go to that bar," David Rebischke said.
"Gabe got third at state, Ben got a state championship, so I'm going to strive to do what I can do and just do as well as I can."
Spencer also won his first tournament title of the season, topping Tualatin's Blake Reser by a 3-2 decision in the 138-pound final.
A state qualifier a year ago, Spencer said he has his sights set much, much higher as a junior.
Dallas Ryan Spencer, top, went undefeated in the 138-pound bracket in Saturday's Dallas Booster Club Tournament.
"There's definitely room for improvement -- I can always get better, but I'm definitely headed in the right direction," Spencer said. "I'm definitely aiming for the podium this year. I want to place, so that's the big goal."
Hofenbredl made quick work of the 120-pound bracket for his third tournament title of the year. The sophomore and defending Class 5A state champion at 106 pounds has lost just once (22-1) this year, to Class 6A's Casey Coulter of Grants Pass, in his second-place finish at the Coast Classic.
Passantino (25-2) picked up his second tournament crown of the season in the 152-pound bracket, defeating Liberty's Hunter Dehlin by a 12-3 major decision in the finals.
Other placers for Dallas included: Garrett Lawrence (second, 145); Gunner Wyatt (third, 145); Scotty Dunagan (third, 160); Tristan Ringhouse (third, 195); Jake Rorem (third, 285); Cody Bibler (fifth, 106); Jordan Williams (fifth, 113); David Holmquist (fifth, 152); Nick Bradford (fifth, 160); Kyle Snyder (fifth, 220); Nolan Miller (sixth, 106); Mack Weninger (sixth, 195); and Stephen Uridales (sixth, 285).
For Central, Lawson was the lone Panther to reach the finals, where he suffered a quick first-round pin to winner Cody Ratliff of McNary.
That was OK for Central coach Van Holstad -- it was Lawson's first appearance in the finals this season.
"Well, he had never made the finals before so it was a whole new world for him," Holstad said. "To get into the finals of this tournament -- which is a good tournament -- that says a lot."
Saturday ended a tough week of competition for Central, which wrestled five duals, Saturday's tournament, and on Friday hosted the Japanese Cultural Exchange Wrestling Team for a friendly practice. Experiencing the high level of skill of the Japanese wrestlers was key for Lawson.
Central’s Collyn Lawson, top, was the top placer for the Panthers with his second-place finish in the 195-pound bracket Saturday at the Dallas Booster Club Tournament.
"Wrestling the national Japanese kids the other day really put it into perspective," Lawson said. "This whole week has been really good."
Others placing for Central were: Colin Swinehart (fourth, 113); David Vidal (fourth, 220); Daxten Blackwell (fifth, 126); Tanner Swinehart (fifth, 145); Tim Blair (sixth, 120); and Noah Stepp (sixth, 182).
OREGON WRESTLING CLASSIC
Where: Hooker Creek Event Center, Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond.
Class 5A Division Teams: Dallas, Hermiston, Liberty, West Albany, Mountain View, Bend, Sherwood, Hood River Valley, Churchill, Cleveland, Wilsonville, Silverton, Sandy, Crescent Valley, Marshfield and Redmond.