David Myong faces Trojan James Portilla, right, in the 170-pound weight class at the Trojans' War Wrestling Challenge. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins


Troy pins down War Challenge

By From page A6 | January 15, 2014

Portilla places first

For a second consecutive year, host Oak Ridge won the Trojans’ War Wrestling Challenge team title.

The Trojans finished with 197.5 points. Orland was second with 173 and Granite Bay third at 142.

“We’re focused on getting better each week,” Oak Ridge head coach Casey Rhyan said.

Six Trojan grapplers competed for titles in their respective weight classes. James Portilla was the lone Trojan who won, taking the 170-pound weight class. Portilla pinned Granite Bay’s Mitchell Morris in the second period.

“He’s coming around,” said Rhyan of Portilla.

Rhyan continued to praise Portilla, who was a starting defensive back on the Oak Ridge football team that went 12-2 last season. Portilla was already wrestling for a title in his third tournament of the season.

“He’s jumped in right away,” Rhyan said. “We’re really excited about James.”

Trojan grapplers who competed in championship matches in their weight classes were Josh Ploke (113), Ricky Mello (120), Brandon Clairborne (145), Ryan Redhair (152) and Bishane Segal (182). Each of them lost by decision.

Bringing home a third place medal was Trojan Sherman McVay (220), who went 2-1 for the day. Teammate Austin Hamilton (HWT) won his first match, but fell in the final two to take a fourth place finish.

Three Oak Ridge grapplers took fifth place; Kevin Belcher (106), Christian Portilla (132) and Corbett Ralstin (152). Belcher split his first two matches, but won the final three. Christian won his first, lost his second but won the last three, including the last two by decision. Ralstin won his last four matches after losing his opener.

Patrick Erwin (220) earned a sixth place finish for the Trojans. Taking seventh was Zach McGillis (132) and Ryan Wilson (132) was eighth.

Mike Bush


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