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
Sophomore Kenneth Johnston also made the cut for
“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.