Wilco League The Wilco League was one of the eight original A-1 districts at the first tournament in 1959, and had many outstanding teams and competitors during it's 24 year tenure, which came to an end in 1982. Four teams and 48 individuals claimed top state honors. In 1971, Rex Putnam High School became the first Wilco school to take a state championship, although a week earlier, they had to settle for second place behind Oregon City in the district. Rex Putnam almost made it two in a row, but ended up a distant second to Silverton in 1972. Silverton had been a member of the Wilco League until 1970. Even without the team title, the 1972 Wilco League effort does rate as the second best among all districts since 1959. Six champions and five runners-up were from the league. The championship finals included three rematches of district finals. Interestingly, Roy Palm of Tigard was the only district champ that beat his runner-up in the state finals rematch. Besides Rex Putnam, Oregon City (3rd), Tigard (4th), The Dalles (6th), and Milwaukie (7th) all made the top ten teams at state. In 1973, the state title return to the Wilco League, this time in the possession of Milwaukie High School. Milwaukie edged out Silverton for top honors. Their team effort was led by champion Tom Scott. The league effort in 1973 was also very formidable, with five cham- pions, two runners-up and nine other placers. The remaining two state team titles were won back- to back by Sam Barlow High School in 1980 and 1981. Winning two titles is hard enough, but Sam Barlow did it both times without claiming an individual crown. Turning in excellent all-round performances, the Bru- ins had only two runners-up in 1980 and one in 1981, with the balance of the scoring done by a very strong team effort in the consolations. Other Wilco League performances that deserve rec- ognition are those of 1971 and 1979. In 1971, the league had five champions, and two seconds. In 1979, there were three champions, three runners-up and eleven other placers from the league. Many outstanding wrestlers came from Wilco League schools. Larry Owings of Canby was a two-time state champions who went on to become an NCAA champion wrestling for the University of Washington. He is best remembered for his victory over Iowa State's Dan Gable in 1970. Roger Weigel of Molalla also became an NCAA champion while wrestling for Oregon State. Henk Schenk of Silverton was only the second Oregon wres- tler, outside the PIL, to win a medal in senior world competition, and the first since 1924. (Chet Newton of Oregon City was the first.) Roy Palm, Tigard, was a two- time state champion as was Wade Baker, Milwaukie. The league didn't have a Triple Crown winner until 1973, but that year the league did it big. Kevin Kramer, The Dalles, Scott and Palm all claimed Triple Crowns that year. Baker won a Triple Crown in 1978.
Barlow (Sam) 1971-1982 Canby 1964-1970 Centennial 1971-1973 Central 1969-1970 Clackamas 1971-1973 Columbia 1979-1973 Estacada 19694-1970 Gresham 1971-1973 Hood River Valley 1971-1973 Lake Oswego 1972-1973 Lakeridge 1972-1973 Milwaukee 1971-1982
Molalla 1959-1970 Oregon City 1971-1973 Parkrose 1959-1968 Putnam (Rex) 1971-1973 Reynolds 1959-1973 Sandy 1959-1970 Scappoose 1959-1965 Silverton 1959-1970 The Dallas 1966-1970 Tigard 1971-1973 West Linn 1971-1973 Wy'East 1959-1970
1973 Milwuukie 1972 Oregon City 1971 Oregon City 1970 Reynolds 1969 Silverton