PORTLAND – Grant Union High School junior Jake Batease is the 2012 3A State Wrestling Champ at 285 pounds.

He’s the first Prospector to take a state wrestling title in many years, said coach Dave Naibert.

“He pretty much dominated the event,” said coach Dave Naibert.

Jake made it to the championship bout for his second year, and he was determined to ascend higher on the podium. He took second place in his class last year.

As district champ this year, Jake was a No. 1 seed and had a bye in the first round.

In his first match, he faced Cody Bremer, a Colton senior, and pinned him in the second round. Jake won by fall in 1:34.

In the semifinals, he pinned Christan Rodriguez, a Vale freshman, winning by fall in 2:29.

Then came the finals, when he met C.J. Osterman, a senior from Rainier. Jake won by decision, 1-0.

“It was more one-sided than that. Jake had him in several pinning situations, but they were off the mat,” said Naibert.

The championship completed a season in which he piled on the wins, going 33-2.

According to state wrestling records, the most recent Grant Union grappler to win a state championship was Trevor Knowles. He won at 160 pounds in 1997 and at 171 pounds in 1998.

“My goal for the season was to win the state tournament,” said Jake. “I set a goal in my mind to win it. I stuck to that goal and achieved that goal.”

He said the hardest match by far was the final.

“It came down to the end. It was a 1-0 decision, which is really hard,” he said. “It was scoreless for the first two rounds. It was down to the wire. It was physically harder, and mentally, too. That’s when you start worrying about scoring, instead of just wrestling.”

Jake said he believes that wrestling is 75 percent a mental sport, and 25 percent physical.

His goal now is “to win another state title, and to wrestle in college.”

His brother, sophomore Caleb Batease, took third place at 220 pounds.

He would have gone a little farther, if not for a few mistakes, Naibert said.

“My goal was to be in the finals. I did that,” Caleb said of his first trip to state.

Like his brother, he also had a first-round bye. Caleb got on the mat first, claiming a 3-2 decision over Andrew Garcia, a senior from Gervais.

“This was the hardest one,” he said. “Garcia was the No. 1 seed. It was the toughest mentally and physically. I had to go 6 minutes on the mat.”

Caleb then faced another senior, Cody Worthington of Rogue River, winning by fall in 3:48.

Caleb took another win by fall, to junior Evan Gleaves of Rainier. His time was 2:35.

In the battle for third place, Caleb faced Skyler Emery, a Nyssa senior. Caleb was determined winner by fall in 3:35.

Caleb said he’s happy with how he did as a sophomore, in his first time at state.

The state matches complete a season record of 37-6.

“My goal is to win the championship next year,” he said.

Naibert said Caleb gained maturity from state, and the experience “should put him right there” at the top next year.

The brothers will be powers to contend with again in 2012-13, when Grant Union moves to 2A competition. There, the two will also be up against strong competition, said Naibert. This year’s 2A state champions, he noted, are also underclassmen.

Winning at 285 pounds was Josh Parazoo, a junior from Scio. The champ at 220 pounds was David Henry, a junior from Oakland.

   

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