SILVERTON — Lebanon put four grapplers into the final round at the district tournament on Feb. 10. 

Lebanon's Joseph Blisseck (170) and Keith Brown (195) topped the podium while teammates Landon Kisling (160) and Chase Miller (145) came away with silver. 

Dallas finished with 461 points to run away with the team title. Lebanon (273) was second, followed by Woodburn (224), South Albany (221) and Crescent Valley (218.5). Corvallis placed seventh with 126.5 points. 

"I think we wrestled halfway decent," Warriors Head coach Michael Cox said at the end of the tournament. 

The goal for Lebanon was to come away with second in team standings, as he expected Dallas to take the tournament. Cox said he also expects Dallas to win the team title at the state tournament as well. 

In the fashion of Dallas taking the glory,Miller lost a minor decision to Dallas's Jacob Jones in a match that went all three rounds. 

Miller is having an outstanding season with a 46-6 record. He cruised to the finals at districts by quickly pinning the first three opponents, and all in the first round spending a combined total time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds on the mat before facing Jones in the final. 

Cox said that the matchup that is likely to repeat again at the state tournament this weekend. Giving Miller a week to prepare for the likely rematch. 

Miller, visibly frustrated and upset following the loss, showed a fighting spirit and said he will be gunning for him at state. 

Keith Brown may have been the only Warrior in history to win a district title as a freshman in the 195-pound weight class, Cox added. 

Blisseck, the other Warrior to a walk away with gold did so in close battle with Dallas's Jared Coxen.  Blissick walked away with a 1-point decision over him.

Coxen was able to earn most of his points against Blissick through reversals during the match, so ahead by two and with seconds remaining on the clock, Blisseck cut Coxen lose to cede him a one point escape and not force an overtime from a possible reversal. The gambit almost backfired as Coxen was close to pulling off a last-second takedown. 

"I didn't expect that," Blisseck said. 

Blisseck said he attributes his success in the match to putting in more time practice, and attending wrestling camp over the summer. 

"I put in more time than most people should, and I just went out and wrestled like it," Blisseck said. 

The top four placers in each weight class qualify for next week’s 5A state championships at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

"We're going to have a good week at practice, and compete the best we can," Cox said of the state tournament. 


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