SKYLER PETERS DEFEATED A WALDPORT OPPONENT. Tom Page/For The Creswell Chronicle
Titus Rice (152-pounds) and Asher Ruchti (160-pounds) won their divisions to spark Pleasant Hill Saturday in the King of the Hill wrestling tournament contested on the Billie mats.
P-Hill finished sixth in the overall standings with 107 and just trailed Sheldon 111, Central Linn 110 and Philomath 108.
Rice pinned his way to the 152-pound title, nailing his opponents in 3:34, 3:10 and 3:09.
Ruchti also won his three matches by pins in 3:03, 1:27 and 2:45.
Charles Conrad gave the Billies two finalists at 152-pounds, winning by a 5:37 pin and 18-6 major decision before dropping the championship contest to Rice.
Two Billies also squared off in the 160-pound finals with Rowan VonOrloff winning by a 10-5 decision and semi-final injury default to earn a shot at Ruchti.
Jasmin Duckworth (106-pounds) reached the finals at 106-pounds and finished second, winning two of three matches by 42 second and 1:16 pins.
Ethan Litson (120-pounds) and Jacob Pray (138-pounds) placed third.
Following a setback in the semis, Litson responded with 1:11 and 2:46 pins while Pray won a pair of matches by a 3:12 pin and 11-7 decision then a 6-0 decision to place third.
Skylar Peters won three of five matches at 145-pounds to finish fourth. He had 17-6 and 5-3 decisions and a 30 second pin.
Jackson O’Connor added a fourth at 120-pounds with a 13-5 decision in the quarter-finals.
Logan Parrish used a 40 second pin to finish fourth at 170-pounds.
Samuel Baker went 1-2 at 138 pounds with a 1:01 pin of a Central Linn opponent.
”Our numbers are up and we have a number of tough kids,” said coach Dahn Nikitins.
”Our middle school program has been a big help. The kids are ready when they come into high school.”