Jones leads Mac-Hi wrestlers at state tourney


PORTLAND — All three McLoughlin High School wrestlers placed at the Class 4A state championships on Saturday.


The Pioneers’ Jeffrey Jones (in black) finished third at 145 pounds. Teammate Blake Yensen (above, right, in black) placed fifth at 152 pounds.

Junior Jeffrey Jones placed third at 145 pounds, senior Blake Yensen fifth at 152 and sophomore Cole Skramstad sixth at 132.


Mac-Hi's Blake Yensen (in black) placed fifth at 152 pounds.

Jones opened the tournament by pinning Levi Summers of Stayton in 3:14. But in the quarterfinal match, Jones lost to Phoenix’s Kyle Bradfield by a 7-5 decision.

He rebounded from there, however, as he rolled off four consecutive wins, beginning with a technical fall over Lucas Erickson of Sutherlin. Jones then pinned Darin French in 4:29 and scored a major decision, 13-4, over Hunter Hoyt of Scappoose.

He secured third place with a win over Cole Ovens by major decision, 10-1.

“(I) was so proud of Jeffrey for coming back to get third place,” Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. “He lost in the quarterfinal match by a very questionable call. To get over that the way he did was outstanding. Jeffrey absolutely dominated the rest of his matches. Next year will be his senior year and a state championship will be in sight.”

Yensen dropped his first match by a 4-3 decision. But he responded with three straight wins: a pin against Taylor Dornbusch of Marshfield, a major decision win, 16-5, against Delbert Williams and a 12-6 victory against Tanner Swinehart.

In the consolation semifinals, Yensen lost to Austin Tillery of Henley by a 3-2 decision. He secured fifth with a pin against John Crites in just 2:46.

“Blake has had a great year,” Chester said, “and, this being his last year, to place at state was wonderful.”

Skramstad opened the meet with an 8-4 decision over Kyle Kintz of Gladstone, but fell to Zech Bresser in the subsequent match. Skramstad responded with a pin against Chase Fernlund and a 7-4 decision over Bee Nguyen to reach the consolation semifinals.

But Skramstad ran into Crook County’s Grayson Munn, who took a 6-3 decision win. He lost the fifth-place match, when Kintz exacted revenge with a 15-6 major decision victory.

“This was one of the toughest weights in the tournament,” Chester said. “He is now a two-time state placer and, being a sophomore, he has shown he’s one tough wrestler. The next two years will be very exciting.”


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