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Redmond’s Brandon Short, left, grapples with Dallas’ Nick Thornton in a 126-pound match in Saturday’s semifinals.
January 23, 2013
REDMOND -- A year ago, Dallas High was a shocking winner in the Class 5A bracket at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, long-dominated by perennial champion Hermiston.
Entering this year's tournament, a repeat trip to the finals wasn't expected by most.
Not even by the Dragons.
"I don't think we expected to be as strong as we were last year," Dallas senior Brady Andersen admitted.
Expectations, it seems, aren't worth much.
Dallas surprised many in a tough field Friday and Saturday by reaching the finals, where the Dragons fell 48-18 to refueled Hermiston, which took third at the Class 5A state tournament in 2012.
Dallas, the defending Class 5A state champion, picked up a big 36-26 dual win over Redmond in the semifinals for a spot in the final match.
"I think we pleasantly surprised ourselves," Andersen, who finished the two-day tournament with a 5-0 record, including four total pins in both the 132- and 138-pound weight classes.
"We were able to see that not only can we make it to the finals with just our varsity, but we can also compete and look like we belong there -- that was good to see."
Andersen, David Holmquist (152), David Rebischke (170) and Tristan Ringhouse (182) managed to pick up wins in a tough final against Hermiston, the Class 5A state champ from 2007-2011.
Dallas coach Tony Olliff said his team took a different approach in Saturday's final match against a squad loaded with returning state champions: Most of the Dragons wrestled up a weight.
"The mentality with that was, 'We're going to get after you -- we're not going to run away from you, but we're not ready yet to wrestle you at weight in this venue,'" Olliff said. "If you look at the numbers, the final outcome, it doesn't look good, but I was really proud of the way the guys wrestled."
Dallas defeated Bend (72-0), Sherwood (54-21), Hood River Valley (45-26), Mountain View (51-21) and Redmond (36-26) en route to the final.
Leading Dallas at the tournament were Rebischke, who went 5-0 in his 170-pound matches; defending state champion Matt Hofenbredl, who finished with a 4-1 record while wrestling at both 113 and 120 pounds; Wyatt Passantino, who went 5-1 at both 152 and 160 pounds; Holmquist, who went 3-1 at both 145 and 152 pounds; and Nolan Miller, who was 4-1 at 106 pounds.
"As a team, we really did wrestle well," Andersen added. "We went out there in the first dual Friday against Bend and that really set the tone for us.
"We all got focused, we were intense and we were into it.
"I think we kind of surprised everyone and showed them `This is Dallas, we are back and we're ready to do what we need to do.'"
West Albany, Woodburn at Dallas
When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Teams: Dallas, Hermiston, Lebanon, Pendleton, Sandy, West Albany, Barlow, Canby, Cascade, Crater, Crook County, Culver, David Douglas, Glencoe, Grants Pass, Hillsboro, McNary, Newberg, Oregon City, Redmond, Roseburg, Sprague, Sweet Home and Willamina.
Where: Liberty High School, Hillsboro.
When: Friday- Saturday.