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Pack of seven Tigers headed to state

The Taft wrestling program is sending seven boys to State and a new co-head coach might be responsible for recent successes.

Meet Taft’s first female wrestler to grapple at State

As the first female wrestler in Taft history to qualify for State, Kadence James has pinned one of her lofty goals on the board -- well, she also high-jumped her way to second place at State last month.

Tiger boys wrestling takes tourney title

Tiger boys wrestling placed first out of 17 teams at the Class 3A Bill Hagerty Invitational tournament Dec. 21 in Nestucca while the Tiger girls showed teeth at their tournament in Hillsboro.

Taft’s Knott pins future on new wrestling program at Corban University

Whether taking down an opponent on the mat or turning two on the diamond, senior Taft High multisport star Cody Knott loves challenges. He'll...

Taft wrestlers end improbable season with hands raised, heads held high

The most successful season in school history aside, Taft High wrestling coach Robb Ellis took away much more Saturday from the thrill of watching his kids battle for glitzy medals and glowing accolades.

Calderon, Knott power Taft to all-time best State wrestling performance

The 138-pound sophomore joined senior Cody Knott by placing at least sixth in a three-overtime thriller to mark the first time in school history that more than one Tiger will take the podium at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships.

Knott leads five Taft wrestlers into second day of State meet

Third-seeded Taft High senior Cody Knott advanced with a bye, then defeated Burns junior William Johnson 15-1 Friday at the Class 3A OSAA State Wrestling Championships in Portland.

Eight is Enough: Taft suits up record contingent for State wrestling

Taft High hopes the road is paved with gold – not ice – as it travels to Portland today to compete in the Class...

Taft wrestling team advances school-record eight to State

Taft High qualified a school-record eight wrestlers Saturday to next week's OSAA Class 3A State Wrestling Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Taft wrestlers stand second entering Saturday’s District 1 finals

Saying they were “getting our win on at Districts,” Taft High stood in second place Friday night following the first day of action in the Class 3A Special District 1 Wrestling Championships at Warrenton.

Taft High wrestlers seek date with State at District tournament

Robb Ellis spent last year learning the ropes as a first-time head wrestling coach. This season, he’s trying to lead his team to a school record for success and satisfy some lofty expectations.

Taft wrestlers treat home crowd to memorable farewell showing

Taft High prepped for its bid to challenge for Special District 1 supremacy and goal of qualifying a school-record six wrestlers for the Class 3A State championships Thursday in its final home match of the season.

Taft senior wrestlers make final home stand Thursday

Eleven Taft High seniors will take to the mat for their final home appearance Thursday in the high school gym.

Taft girls stand strong before bowing out at State qualifier

Taft High senior Autumn Barela and freshman Kadence James made their presence felt against formidable odds Friday at Thurston High School in Springfield before...

Taft gets mat lesson in wrestling road match at Tillamook

Saying his team “went toe-to-toe with a wrestling machine,” the Tigers fell 63-15 to Tillamook, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team, but experienced a “super fun night.”

Taft wrestlers tune up for Districts with road split

Taft High won one match and lost another Thursday, but Coach Robb Ellis said his team performed like champions in both competitions in the absence of four top wrestlers and the aftermath of a punishing defeat.

Powerhouse Harrisburg humbles Taft wrestlers

The Taft High wrestling team, missing two key competitors due to illness and injury, was taken to the mat in humbling fashion Wednesday with a 48-18 loss at Harrisburg.

Tigers take down big boys in dual meet at Class 5A Central

The Taft High wrestling team overcame the absence of two of its State-level wrestlers Saturday to defeat the big boys and the little guys in dual-meet competition.

Tigers turn in total team effort at Waldport wrestling meet

Eleven of 19 Taft High wrestlers placed fifth or better Saturday, led by seniors Cody Knott and Devon Lindquist, who defeated State-level competitors from Class 6A Grants Pass for individual titles in the Alsea Bay Classic at Waldport.

Mayoral helps lead Tigers to landmark wrestling win with sudden victory

Calling it a landmark night for Taft High wrestling, second-year Taft Coach Robb Ellis’ upstart squad defeated defending Class 3A State champion Willamina in its own gym 39-37 in a dual match Thursday.

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