It said a lot about the quality of competition that in the first eight matches only one ended with a pin.
That was the case when the McNary High School varsity wrestling team hosted the Sprague High School Olympians in a dual meet Thursday, Jan. 30. Sprague won the battle 42-24 as the Olympians came up with crucial pins in the middle weight classes.
“That was a great duel. We won a few matches that we weren’t so sure about on paper. We have faith in our training, but there’s still questions that need answering,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach.
The evening started with a trio of Celtic wins. First on the mat was sophomore Kyle Bond in his first varsity match-up against Oly Justin Vasquez-Ellis.
“At first I was a bit scared, but then I remembered to focus and tried to keep it to the basics of shooting and stand-ups,” Bond said.
Bond started the match trailing, but overcame the deficit and more to take the 9-4 win.
“He was quicker than I thought, and a bit stronger at first, but I figured out how to use it in my favor,” Bond said.
Junior Steven Wilkerson said finding a way to turn the tables on Oly Jacob Nelson was a matter of getting into, and at, Nelson’s head.
“Our coaches told us their heavyweights like to go for the head so I decided I was going to do the same thing and see how he liked it,” Wilkerson said. “He put his head down each time I did it, but then brought it up slowly. So I took the shot and I knew I had him.”
Wilkerson emerged with the 7-3 win.
Sean Burrows notched a major decision, 18-5, win over Sprague’s Evan Spragg, but then Celt Joey Kibbey fell victim to the first pin of the night in the third round of his match. A Louis Palos win by decision, 6-4, kept the team comfortably ahead for the Olys, but two decisions and four pins for the Olys had the Celts trailing in short order.
Junior Taran Purkey staunched the bleeding with a win by pin in 1:26 over the ninth-ranked Corson Davis.
“Purkey has a weird strength about him that makes him difficult to move and difficult to get away from. As soon as the scramble turned into a head-and-arm for Purkey I saw there was a minute left, and I knew the world was not on Corson’s side anymore,” Ebbs said. “I don’t even know if I want to be in Taran’s head-and-arm, it’s just not a good place to be.”
Sprague picked up another win by forfeit, but Celt Alvarro Venegas finished out the night with a 17-0 tech fall in four minutes.
It was something of a quiet week for the high school squad compared to recent ones that have included weekend tournaments, but the Celtic Mat Club took five wrestlers to the Oregon Wrestling Association Kids Collegiate Championship and came home with four placers.
Brayden Ebbs and Hunter Lucas placed third, Burrows took fourth and Wyatt Kessler took sixth.
Non-Keizer residents will be allowed to serve on more than two city committees, as long as conditions are met.
That was the consensus reached following a joint work session last month between members of the Keizer City Council and the Volunteer Coordinating Committee last month.
The issue had come up again since Sherrie Gottfried, the former Renaissance Inn employee now living and working in Salem, applied to sit on a third Keizer committee, the Traffic Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrian Committee.
Mayor Lore Christopher noted non-city residents such as Rick Day, Bob Zielinski and Jim Parent do a lot of volunteering in Keizer.
“Those are examples I would draw out as good reasons to appoint people who don’t live in Keizer to Keizer boards and committees,” she said. “We want to cast the net broad. We want as many people involved as we can. Ideally, people would be clamoring to be on advisory boards. But the reality is some seats go vacant and stay vacant.”
VCC member Chet Patterson said there should be some limits on what boards non-residents should be allowed on.
“My feeling is there have to be some exceptions,” Patterson said. “For example, not on Planning Commission and Budget Committee. But something like the Bikeways committee, a lot of bike people could bring expertise to the committee. To me, that far outweighs them not being a resident.”
While the group agreed non-residents should not be on a committee or board with control of city finances, council president Joe Egli suggested an expansion of the term Keizer resident.
“If you’re operating a business here, pay taxes here or live in Keizer, you should be to have a say,” Egli said. “If you’re not one of those three, there should be a limit. I would limit such people to no more than one per committee.”
Others agreed with that set of definitions.
Following the joint discussion, VCC members held their regular meeting and recommended Gottfried to the traffic safety committee. That decision was confirmed by councilors on Monday,
Gottfried will serve a one-year term that expires at the end of the year.
“They wanted to put her in as a stop gap measure, hence the short term,” Christopher said. “She’s trying to move back to Keizer.”
The mayor also noted four of the nine seats on the committee had been vacant, with Gottfried the only one applying to fill a seat.
“I didn’t realize we had nine seats on that committee,” Christopher said. “I thought it was seven. Council, it is a big rock to push up a big hill. I don’t think we need nine people on that committee.”
City Attorney Shannon Johnson said staff will look into the idea of lowering the committee size to seven people.