Three Keizer wrestlers recently traveled to Pocatello, Idaho for a Western Regional tournament.
The wrestlers who competed on behalf of the Celtic Mat Club were: Zach Hammerschmith at the Cadet age group (14 and 15) in the 170-pound weight class, Brayden Ebbs at the Novice age group (11 and 12) in the 90-pound weight class, and Samuel Partida at the Novice age group in the 105-pound weight class.
Each competitor wrestled in three different styles between June 17 and 23: Folkstyle, which is traditional middle school and high school American style wrestling, Freestyle and Greco, the Olympic styles like will be seen this summer in London.
Hammerschmith placed third in freestyle and qualified for Cadet Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota next month.
“Zach was an important part of our high school program this last year and will be returning to the mat for the Celtics as a junior next year,” said Jason Ebbs, head coach of the McNary High School wrestling program. “He is currently deciding on whether to pursue the national tournament after
his success at the Western regionals.”
Brayden Ebbs took first in Greco, second in folkstyle and third in Freestyle. It was Brayden’s third trip to the event and he has had success in the past.
“After winning the Greco tournament, he has really learned what he is capable of achieving. All of his matches except for one were won by tech fall or pin throughout all the tournaments,” Ebbs said.
The younger Ebbs qualified for the Kids Nationals tournament held in Orem, Utah.
Partida took first in freestyle and fifth in Folkstyle and Greco while qualifying for the Orem Kids Nationals tournament.
“Samuel’s first experience wrestling was in the six-week, grant-funded program that was put together in the middle schools after being cut from the school budget this year. However, his dedication and commitment drew him to our mat club where he began studying Freestyle and Greco. In 12 short weeks, he went from being brand new to the sport to winning an Oregon Freestyle State Championship and also placing third in the Greco State Tournament,” Ebbs said.
Eleven states were represented in Idaho as one of four regional tournaments nationwide. The Western Regional is comprised of Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
Fans and supporters can see brackets for the Kids Nationals tournaments at www.trackwrestling.com where they can surf their way to the Kids Freestyle Nationals and Kids Greco Nationals and click on View Brackets.
“This really is an exciting time for Keizer wrestling. As we are challenged by budget concerns and struggling participation rates due to increased fees, we have managed to keep these opportunities in place for the kids in our community,” Ebbs said. “Thanks to a few fundraisers we have done, some helpful donors, and a generous grant provided by the Siletz Charitable Contribution Fund, we made this event happen.”
Yakima 8, Volcanoes 2
It was a rough start for Salem-Keizer’s first road series of the year.
The Yakima Bears, a franchise expected to be based in the Portland area next year, answered the Volcanoes’ one run in the top of the second inning with two in the bottom of the inning and then pulled away.
Yakima pounded Volcanoes pitching for 14 hits, Shaun Cooper had three of them, and he and Joseph Loftus hit two doubles each. Jimmy Comerota drove in three runs.
In the Volcanoes’ second, Andrew Cain led off with a single, went to third on a single by Stephen Yarrow and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Jones. In the sixth, Joe Rapp doubled, was on third after an error and a walk, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Yarrow.
Lorenzo Mendoza was Salem-Keizer’s starter and loser. Yakima starter Alex Capaul was the winner.
Volcanoes 6, Yakima 4
A ninth-inning four-run rally evened the series in 2012 Volcanoes fashion, coming from behind.
Andrew Cain started the scoring with a leadoff home run in the top of the second inning. Yakima tied the score at 1-1 with a throwing error by first baseman Joe Rapp that let Josh Parr score.
Salem-Keizer regained the lead in the fifth when Chuckie Jones doubled home Matt Duffy, who had singled and stolen second base. The Bears went ahead by a run in the fifth on a two-run homer by Parr.
Yakima added a run in the eighth when Joseph Loftus singled Parr home.
In the Volcanoes ninth, four hits, two walks, an error and a force out produced the four runs. Relief pitcher Tyler Mizenko walked the first Bear he faced in the ninth but got the next three to fly out. He earned his second save, and Mason McVay, the reliever who preceded him, got the win. Yakima reliever Enrique Burgos was the loser.
Yakima 4, Volcanoes 2
The Volcanoes scored the first two runs of the game and had the same number of hits (eight) as Yakima, but the Bears bunched their hits well enough in the fifth inning to ahead by a run and added a run in the eighth.
In the Salem-Keizer first, Brennan Metzger walked, stole second base, reached third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chuckie Jones. In the Volcanoes second, Jean Delgado reached first base on an error and second on a balk, went to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Matt Duffy.
The one home run of the game was by Yakima’s Henry Zabala in the second.
Alexander Carreras was the Bears’ starting and winning pitcher. Volcanoes’ starter Raymundo Montero took the loss.
Volcanoes 5, Yakima 3
A three-run eighth inning evened the series for Salem-Keizer, which had scored the first two runs of the game in the first inning, followed by one run for Yakima in each of the next three innings.
In the Volcanoes first, Matt Duffy doubled, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chuckie Jones. Jones stole second and scored on a single by Rafael Rodriguez.
In the top of the eighth, walks to Kentrell Hill and Duffy and a single by Jones loaded the bases. Joe Rapp singled Hill home, and a double by Andrew Cain drove in Duffy and Jones.
Tyler Mizenko allowed one hit and retired the other Bears in the ninth, earning his third save. Reliever Franklin Noel was the winning pitcher, and Yakima reliever Jose Jose – yes, that’s his name – was the loser.
Yakima 2, Volcanoes 0
Yakima won the rubber game of the series with a combined (four pitchers) shutout.
It was not the fault of Salem-Keizer starter and losing pitcher, Mario Rodriguez, who allowed one run in five innings and has an earned run average of 0.90. It was not the fault of catcher Dashenko Ricardo, who went three for three, including a double.
Each club had seven hits and two errors, so it was a matter of the Bears’ putting their hits together in the first and sixth innings. Yakima starter Daniel Watts was the winning pitcher.
The Volcanoes returned home to start a series with the Eugene Emeralds.