The Cottage Grove and North Douglas wrestling teams traveled over to the coast to participate in the Nick Lutz Memorial Invitational held at Siuslaw High School on Jan. 15.
Fourteen total teams competed over the weekend with Siuslaw scoring 195 total team points being declared the winner. Followed by North Eugene (189 points) and Junction City (141 points) coming in at second and third place.
Cottage Grove finished seventh with 112 total team points and North Douglas finished 12th with 11 total team points.
“Traditionally, this season we’ve been starting real slow,” said Cottage Grove Head Coach Rich Herzog. “We started better than we have been in the first round, overall we improved on a lot of positions. We didn’t get the results that we were wanting overall. We ended as a team about mid-pack. I think we’re doing better getting to the third round. But the first goal is to get all the way through all six minutes. And then you can work on stuff. We’re a young team and I’ve got kids in the lineup that might be a little early for them. But they’re they are competing hard and we’re learning and we are getting better.”
Cottage Grove had eight wrestlers finish in their weight class ranked 6th or better with Freshman Carter Bengston winning at 126 lbs. and scoring 26 points for the team. Logan Lowery (138) finished second, while Alex Neiss (106) and Rogelio Soto-Cruz (170) each finished third.
North Douglas’ Jacob Parsons (182) scored a team-high seven points for the Warriors as he finished fifth.
“The kids on this team are resilient.,” said Herzog. “They’re very coachable. So we can take those opportunities back to the room and work on them. And the next week, we do get better at protecting our weaknesses and not making those same mistakes again. We’ll refine, we’ll go out and we’ll practice those at the Bay City Duels and see how we do.”
Cottage Grove will be back in action at the Bay City Duels at Marshfield High School in a two-day meet that will go on Jan. 21-22. While North Douglas will have a home meet on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.
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