On Saturday, March 8, twelve HRVHS Wreagle wrestlers made the trek to Sweet Home HS to compete for the right to represent Oregon at a series of exhibition matches in South Africa this summer.
Wrestling at 140-pounds, Chad Muenzer Jr. finished first in a 9-person bracket to earn a spot on the Oregon team. In the semifinals Muenzer beat 2A 138lb OSAA State Champ from Culver HS 16-13 and in the finals he beat the 2A 132lb OSAA State Champ from Lowell HS by a score of 19-8 tech fall.
Elena Kroll & Emily Sullenger also wrestled well placing second in the 145-pound & 125 pound weight classes respectively. They each were alternates fur the team.
Emily Mitchell placed first in the 165lb class, but is unable to go on the exchange trip.
Other Hood River placers included Aaron Osborne, 4th at 170lbs and Clayton Morris-Reade, 4th at 185lbs.
On Sunday, Kroll & Sullenger received word that they had earned a spot on the team with Muenzer.
The trip to South Africa is just one of a long series of international cultural exchange trips that Oregon has participated in. The state has sent teams to international events each year for more than 50 years. Most recently, Oregon hosted a teams from Russia, Switzerand, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan.
The 2019 Oregon USA Cultural Exchange wrestling team will have 12 boys and 8 girls:
105 — Carmelo Farfaglia of La Pine HS. 120 — Johnathan Morales of Williamette HS. 130 – Lorenzo Vasquez of Culver HS. 140 – Chad Muenzer of Hood River Valley HS. 150 – Manuel Monroy of Thurston HS. 160 – Tyler Resko of Wilsonville HS. 170 -Chase Miller of Lebanon HS. 185 – Rourke Martin of Roseburg HS. 200 – Cylus Hoke of Culver HS. 215 – Logan Kerr of North Eugene HS. 275 – Brian Jenkins of Thurston HS.
105 – Olivia Flack or La Pine HS. 115 – Lexi Schilling of Sweet Home HS. 125 – Emily Sullenger of Hood River Valley HS. 125 -Charli Stewart of Bend HS. 135 – Jaesa Ruchti of Pleasant Hill HS. 135 – Elena Kroll of Hood River Valley HS. 145 – Piper Staniford of Franklin HS. 155 – Adelle Kent of Cottage Grove HS
The trip will take place in the middle of July for three weeks into August of 2019.