February 24, 2002 11:00 pm

PORTLAND State champion wrestlers from Elgin have a thing about winning when theyre sick.

Two years ago, Brock Eckstein had an infected cauliflour ear that sent him to the hospital the week of the state meet and sapped his energy during his 191-pound title run.

Saturday night, Brian Sanders capped a weekend that started with the stomach flu and ended with a title at 135 pounds.

He had stomach flu bad, Elgin coach Rocky Burgess said. He had to use his total injury timeouts in the second match (Friday) because he was so sick.

By his semifinal match Friday evening, Sanders wasnt sick to his stomach any more.

He told me, I just feel like nothings going to bother me. This is my year, Burgess said.

Sanders came out with a 13-8 decision over Justin Murray of Scio for the 135-pound state title at the OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 2A/1A Wrestling State Championships at Memorial Coliseum.

A short while later, Enterprises Joe Osborn completed his quest for a state title with a 12-6 decision over Gervais Jeff Hamor.

Joe was in pretty good control the whole match, Enterprise coach Chris Wolfe said. There was never a time where you were wondering who was going to come out on top.

Enterprises Jake McCleary was a runner-up for the second year in a row after getting pinned by Central Linns Lee Fincher in the second round of the 112-pound final.

Hes pretty disappointed to get second in state two years in a row. He should be extremely happy, Wolfe said. Hes done something that theres so few that you can hardly count them, getting to the finals your freshman and sophomore years. You can take a look at Osborn and see how hard hes worked to get one state championship.

Osborn was a runner-up last year, too.

The Hamor kid had a great takedown. I think he just kind of got outsmarted, Wolfe said.

Hamor took down Osborn in the first round, but that was the last time he had control.

To get taken down first was kind of surprising. (Osborn) handled it pretty well. As soon as he got taken down he got right back up.

Sanders was taken down early in his championship match, but was out of bounds when it happened.

That kind of got Brian going, Burgess said. From then on, it was Brian all the way.

Sanders put together his most aggressive match of the year to win the title.

The kid from Scio, he was very, very good on a firemans carry, and he was very tough to beat when he rolled you, Burgess said. So Brian knew that he had to take control on the feet. He had to be more the aggressor, more offensive than he ever has been.

Brian kind of struggles on offense, but he really put it together at state.

Enterprise finished fifth in the team standings, well out of fourth place but higher than pre-tournament predictions. The team was boosted by the third-place showing from junior Austin Himes at 125. Himes finished with a technical fall in the second round over Nick Moser of Colton.

Imblers Eric Johnson finished third, winning a 13-2 major decision over Santiam Christians Garren Bremer at 189 pounds.

Josephs Joel Lewis was sixth at 215 after getting pinned by Gervais Justin Claxton in the third round.

Nyssa won the team championship over Culver.

OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 2A/1A Wrestling State Championships

Saturday, at Memorial Coliseum, Portland

Local results

Team scores (top five and District 4-2A/1A) Nyssa 135, Culver 122, Dayton 117, Neah-Kah-Nie 112, Enterprise 70.5, Pine-Eagle 50, Elgin 28, Imbler 26.5, Joseph 15, Crane 10, Stanfield 7.

Championship finals

112 Lee Fincher, Central Linn, pinned Jake McCleary, Enterprise, 3:04.

135 Brian Sanders, Elgin, dec. Justin Murray, Scio, 13-8.

152 Joe Osborn, Enterprise, dec. Jeff Hamor, Gervais, 12-6.


125 Austin Himes, Enterprise, maj. dec. Pat Lynn, Joseph, 11-1; Himes dec. Mike Kittleson, Oakridge, 13-11.

135 Andrew Manderscheid, Oakridge, dec. John Bartel, Imbler, 5-4.

145 Dave Hopkes, Nestucca, maj. dec. Daniel Johnson, Imbler, 15-4.

171 Riley Spivey, Bonanza, pinned James Nash, Enterprise, 5:10.

189 Eric Johnson, Imbler, tech. fall Ivan Kartal, Gervais; Johnson dec. Ryan Wynn, Nyssa, 2-1.

215 Luke Ellis, Vernonia, dec. Joel Lewis, Joseph, 10-4.

Third-place finals

125 Himes tech. fall Nick Moser, Colton, 4:00.

189 Johnson maj. dec. Garren Bremer, Santiam Christian, 13-2.

Fifth-place finals

215 Justin Claxton, Gervais, pinned Lewis, 4:25.