State Wrestling 5A 182

Lebanon's Tanner Sallee defeated Dallas' Clay Coxen to win the 5A 182 state title.

PORTLAND — Lebanon senior Tanner Sallee capped his career with a championship, earning a 14-4 major decision in the 182 finals over Mid-Willamette Conference rival Clay Coxen of Dallas.

Sallee, a four-time state competitor, was the 160 runner-up a season ago.

“I wrestled up to my potential, just how I wanted to wrestle,” Sallee said. “It’s what everyone expected of me going in and it’s what I expected out of myself, and I came out victorious.”

The top-seeded Sallee dominated from the start, building a quick 7-1 lead on two takedowns and a near fall.

Coxen, seeded sixth, never got back into the match.

“Going in, I had all the confidence in myself,” Sallee said. “I had Colton, my brother, warm up with me. He just talked me through it and kept me pumped up. I knew I needed to get the takedown right off the bat and get the momentum.”

Two weeks ago, Sallee defeated Coxen 10-5 in the finals at the MWC championships. He also beat the Dallas senior 7-1 during a regular-season dual.

“Win or lose, if you’ve wrestled a kid you know his best shot, his stances,” Sallee said. “I knew he was leading that left foot forward the whole time and I like under hooking down to that leg, and it worked out for me a couple times.”

Lebanon sophomore Joseph Blisseck placed fourth at 160. Teammates Cameron Alley (138) and Clyde Rood (145) finished fifth while fellow Warrior Jake Cripe placed sixth at 220.

The Warriors were eighth in the team points race at 95. CV was 14th (55) while South Albany tied for 23rd (nine).

Crater won the team title with 175.5 points. Dallas was second at 147.5.

 

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