Prep wrestling: Keith Brown

Lebanon sophomore Keith Brown celebrates with coach Michael Cox after winning the 220-pound division at the Tournament of Champions.

Lebanon sophomore Keith Brown took first place in the 220-pound division at the Reser's Tournament of Champions.

The tournament was held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

Brown received a bye in the first round and pinned Eduardo Penaloza of Culver in the second round.

He earned a technical fall over Vàatausili Tofaeono of Century in the quarterfinals. That set up a semifinal against Hillsboro's Trevor Schubmehl, which Brown won in a 7-4 decision.

The championship round pitted Brown against Jacob Luna of Sprague. Brown won that match 3-1.

Lebanon's Chase Miller took third in the 160-pound division. Miller lost his first-round match to Roseburg's Darian Thacker, dropping a 6-2 decision. That put Miller on the long road back, which began with a pin of Sandy's Andrew VanHoute. Miller than won a 6-0 decision over Omarr Narruhn of David Douglas; a pin of Sweet Home's Boe Baxter; and a 4-0 decision over Dallas' Bryce Miller.

Those victories put Miller in the consolation semifinals. In that match, Miller pinned Newberg's Rowan Gallardo to advance to the third-place match, which would have been a rematch with Thacker. Roseburg decided to have Thacker forfeit that match.

Andy Vandetta placed fourth for the Warriors in the 132-pound division. After  a first-round bye, Vandetta pinned Mountain View's Holden Korish.

In the quarterfinals, Vandetta fell to Dallas' Joseph Foster. Vandetta bounced back with pins of Century's Christian Ochoa and  La Grande's Alex Kehr to reach the consolation semifinals. Vandetta advanced by forfeit and then fell to Redmond's Trae Bolken in the third-place match.

Lebanon's Lane Blisseck placed sixth at 182 pounds. He opened the tournament with a 6-5 decision over Hillsboro's Christopher Day, followed by a 7-4 win over Spencer Gerst of La Grande. 

In the quarterfinals, Blisseck dropped an 11-1 major decision to Sweet Home's Nick James. Blisseck rebounded with a pin of Newberg's Jordan Beaudry.

Blisseck then fell in the consolation semis to Blake Ohlson of Mountain View and dropped the fifth-place match to Jared Coxen of Dallas.

Lebanon will host a three-way match with Dallas and Central on Thursday, Jan. 31.


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