February 12, 2019
The Woodburn wrestling team performed well during the special district tournament at Tillamook this weekend. The team had 14 placers with 5 finalists and 2 district champions. Woodburn is sending 7 wrestlers to the OSAA 4A state championships in two weeks. These student-athletes have competed with incredible courage and grit, never backing down. In wrestling as in life, hard work pays off. Go Bulldogs!
- Wesley Vasquez 113
- Giovanni Bravo 138
- Marcos Hernandez 120
- Freddy Hernandez 126
- Angel Acevedo 145
- Hector Paniagua 126
- Israel Paniagua 152
- William Sandoval 138
- Jose Sanchez 152
- Bryan Ramirez 113
- Ernie Preciado 120
- Otto Dysinger 132
- Misael Ramos 145
- Jaime Cruz 170
What stands out to me most though are the incredible stories of never quitting.
Misael Ramos threw the #1 seed on his back before losing the match early in the tournament but never backed down to anybody.
He finished his placing match with what turned out to be a dislocated pinkie toe and 3 other broken toes; an incredible display of grit (we then spent a few hours in the hospital together during the finals).
Angel Acevedo was down by a point to a top seed from North Marion but didn’t stop competing. Angel threw him to his back with 2 seconds left in the match to win and advance to the finals.
Isreal Paniagua caught an incredibly strong Tillamook opponent in an alligator roll and pinned him. The kid was raging made at what he thought was just a fluke. They met again later in consolation and Israel threw him flat on his back to pin him in a head and arm.
Giovanni Bravo who lost in a close decision to North Marion at our home dual had a long grinding rematch at districts that went scoreless for the first 4 minutes as neither wrestler was going to back down. He won with a switch in the 3rd period and went on to be the district champ.
Wesley Vasquez who has gritted through multiple injuries and pushed himself relentlessly as the #1 ranked wrestler in state. But he has remained humble, coachable, and driven. He won the district title but is hungry and focused on state.
“Overall this weekend was full of some great and exciting wrestling. The team did very well although we could’ve done better, but there’s always something that we can improve on. As an individual I feel like I did very well during this tournament, but I’m still not satisfied, this is only the beginning of what is yet to come. These next two weeks the team and I will be preparing for the state tournament and I can guarantee you that we’ll be coming back even hungrier.” -Wesley Vasquez
“The team looked great. I knew we were gonna do a phenomenal job by the time we all weighed in and had our first matches. The team wrestled hard and smart throughout every second of the tournament.” -Giovanni Bravo
“Districts this weekend was ecstatic. Most of the guys in the team placed top 6 in the tournament and 5 made it the finals including myself. Two of the 5 won the tournament while the others fell, but despite that it left us only wanting to bounce back even stronger for the state tournament. This weekend was something great, and I know it’ll be even better at state.” -Marcos Hernandez
“Over all I feel like we did good as a team and as individuals. we fought hard. As for me, I feel like I did good. I had some mistakes in my semifinal match but I learned from that loss. I took 3rd and I’m proud of how I did today, but I’m not satisfied. I still have two weeks to fine-tune my shots and rest my knee that is killing me. I hope I get to wrestle the guy who beat me at districts; he beat me because of a mistake I made and it won’t be the same at state. I’m hungry and I’m not done yet. I’m determined to get my name on the wall of champions.” -Israel Paniagua
“This years district tournament was different than last years. Dropping down to 4A really made us work harder than ever just so we can show where we came from recently. Everyone in the team fought hard Friday and Saturday, not backing down from no one. We had around 13 guys placing and 7 going to state, I am proud for what the team has accomplished this season. Now for those guys going to state, best of luck to them to bring home state titles!” –Jaime Cruz
“The district tournament is where you show how hard you have been working to get there. It is were you give it all to get to state tournament. It’s also one of the tournaments that I won’t forget because I gave it all. Even if I got 6 place, it was awesome and I want to come back next year.” -Misael Ramos
“Might’ve lost at districts but I got way higher this year and that’s what I’m proud of.” -Alan Ibarra