Small wrestling team looks for big results on the mat

NEWPORT — Six Newport wrestlers will put it all on the line for a chance to qualify for OSAA State Championships at the Oregon West Conference that begins on Friday, Feb. 9. Even though Newport has a smaller team than the rest of the conference, the 2018 Cub squad is confident going into the tournament with four wrestlers seeded in the top-six of their weight classes. “We are sitting in a good spot, we got some good draws,” said head coach Rick Hernandez. “(The team has) turned the corner right when they needed to at the end of the season. We have just as good a shot as anybody, that’s for sure. I’m not going to overlook anybody, I just think our guys are prepared and are excited knowing that this could be the final two weeks of the season.”

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