Douglas County produces 10 champions, wrestling coach of the year

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Area wrestlers dominated the 6A and 3A championships over the weekend in Portland.

The Roseburg Indians won the 6A title and Glide took home the big trophy for 3A schools.

The impressive performances at the state wrestling championships weren't only won on the mat. The 3A coach of the year honor also came home to Douglas County.

Jeff Freeman, the Glide High School head wrestling coach won the honor, but on Monday, it was still all about his wrestlers. "You know, we sent 13 guys up to the state tournament and we got a great effort out of all 13," he said. "We ended up with 8 state placers, 7 kids in the finals and 5 state champions out of that crew."

Senior Garret Short is a state champion in the 160 pound weight class, and says his favorite thing about wrestling is his teammates. "It really helps that all of us are friends and we all get along and everything," he said.

After falling short his junior year, Walker Damewood was excited to get the title back that he held his freshman and sophomore year, beating out the wrestler who bested him last year. "It's pretty awesome to finish it out on top," Damewood said. "Last year was a bummer, so, I wanted it back."

In the 6A classification, Roseburg was carried to a first place finish with 13 state placers and five state champions.