Siletz Valley’s Shawver, Clark claim state wrestling medals

Pat Shawver

PORTLAND — Two Siletz Valley High School grapplers returned from the recent 2019 OSAA state wrestling tournament at Gil Coliseum wearing medals.

Senior Pat Shawver (28-6) capped his high school career with third place in the 182-lb. division while sophomore Tanner Clark (25-12) earned fourth place at 145 lbs. The championship finale’ in Feb. 22-23 drew 34 teams from around Oregon, with Siletz Valley’s trio earning 12th place with 24 points. Culver dominated the event with 136 points, followed by second-place Glide, 71 points, and Lowell, 66.5.

Sophomore Kenneth Johnston also made the cut for state but failed to carve a spot on the podium after losing his quarterfinal by a razor-thin margin in the heavyweights. According to head coach Reggie Butler, the respectable showing for the eight-man squad closes the door on one era and opens the way to another.

“Pat Shawver is the last of a group of wrestlers who started in our youth program when he was seven years old,” reflected Butler, who said the feeder system was just restarted after several years of inactivity. “He had a good run and we were hoping he’d go out on top but lost a close match in the semi-finals.”

Butler described both state medalists as top athletes and scholars who set the pace for teammates during the season’s tough 2 1/2-hour workouts. Shawver and Clark were second in the 2019 district finals.

Siletz Valley’s wrestling team, buoyed by its partnership with Eddyville Charter, put itself on the map Jan. 26 when it won a three-way 1A division finale during a high desert road trip.

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