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Different state, similar result for the Tillamook High School wrestling team.

The Cheesemakers made the three-hour drive up North this past weekend to participate in the Bearcat Invitational in Chehalis, Wash. Dec. 5.

Tillamook was the only school in the 13-team field from Oregon, while their competitors were from a widespread of classification levels in Washington.

And if our neighbors up North needed any convincing that the Evergreen state knows a thing or two about wrestling, they certainly got it last Saturday when the Mooks took home the first place trophy.

“We had five champs on Saturday; Chad Werner, Quintin Metcalfe, Miquel Niemi, Fabian Niemi and Luis Macias,” head coach Lonnie Eggert said. “As a team we wrestled really well and brought home lots of medals.”

As a team, Tillamook accumulated 196.5 points, edging tournament host WF West High School’s 183.5-point total. In addition to the five first place finishers, the Cheesemakers had second place finishes from Keegan Hagerty in the 120 weight class, Tommy Cruz in the 160 weight class and Caleb Werner in the 170 weight class.

In the 123 weight class, Metcalfe went 3-0 on the day with a sudden victory over Caleb Walters from WF West in the championship match. Macias breezed his way through the 132 weight class winning by fall in round one, by major decision in rounds two and three and winning a 9-4 decision in the championship.

In the 145 weight class, Chad Werner won by injury default after his first round bye, then by fall in the semifinal match and in the championship, Werner earned an 11-4 decision victory over Jayden Lancaster from Rochester High School.

The top performances of the day went to the Niemi brothers, who dominated the 152 and 182 weight class brackets. In the 182 bracket, Fabian earned a first round bye, then won his quarterfinal match by fall in one minute and 32 seconds. He then earned a 5-1 decision win in the semifinals before winning by fall again in the championship to claim the title.

At the 152 weight, Miquel made quick work of his four opponents on the day, winning by fall in every match, including a championship victory over Owen Enriquez of RA Long High School in just one minute and two seconds.

The Mooks will be competing again tonight against a couple of district opponents in Banks and Estacada. The 6 p.m. scheduled meet will be at Banks High School.

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