Sophomore Kyle Sether has joined a very select group of Oregon City High School athletes.
With championships at 2011 state high school Greco Roman, freestyle and collegiate wrestling tournaments, Sether became an Oregon Triple Crown winner.
He is thought to be only one of three or four wrestling Triple Crown winners in the history of Oregon City High School wrestling.
Former Oregon City wrestling coach Ed Burton says that an exchange student, Nayoa Nakai, won the Triple Crown in 1986.
Former Oregon City coach Wally Sparks says that Rudy Johnson was a Triple Crown winner in 1972, and Sparks thinks that Mark Hirota, who won a conference title for Oregon State University in 1981, may have been a Triple Crown winner his senior year at Oregon City High School.
But other than that, Oregon City wrestling coaches, present and past, don’t believe the high school has had any other wrestler accomplish the feat of earning state titles in three different wrestling styles.
“It’s exciting!” Sether said Friday, after attending a summer camp at Clackamas High School. “It’s a lot of pressure. But it’s nice seeing all my hard work pay off….
“That’s not a very long list for Oregon City, so it’s nice to be part of the record book.”
None of the other aforementioned wrestlers accomplished the feat more than once, so if Sether can repeat in his junior or senior years, he’d be the first at Oregon City to do it more than once.
“We’ll see what happens,” Sether said. “Anything’s possible, as long as I keep my head in it and keep putting in the work.”
Sether does put in the work. He’s been wrestling for six years and, except for taking a few weeks off in August, he practices his sport the year around.
This August he’ll be cruising the Caribbean with his family during his brief “off-season.”
“It’s hard to stay away. I’ll miss [wrestling] after a week or so. I’m excited for high school next year.”
Sether was dominant at this year’s state tournaments. He pinned his way to the state collegiate final and he handled Newberg sophomore Garrett Rider, winning 4-1, in the final.