Metro League The member schools of the Metro League have changed several times since the first tournament in 1959. Hillsboro, Beaverton and Sunset have been in the league since the beginning. The geographic area stretched from Gresham and Milwaukie to Astoria at one time. Through several realignments, it has gradu- ally been reduced in size (geographically) to it's present membership which includes the Washington County schools. Prior to 1995, Newberg and McMinnville were also in the league. This made it similar to the old Tualatin Yamhill Valley boundaries of the early 1950's or Special District Three in the late 1950's. The league had dual meet championships as early as 1957. During the early years of the league, the strongest teams were from David Douglas High School. The 1966 team was especially noteworthy. This team took the school and league's second state title. (The first was in 1961.) The school claimed two champions and two runners-up while winning top honors for Coach DeLance Duncan. Tim Wilmarth won his second state title at 191 pounds and Greg Morgan finished his high school career by winning his third state championship at the tourna- ment.
The 1961 David Douglas team, although not as strong overall as the 1966 version, had three individual champions. Pete Russo was one of those, winning his first of two state titles for the team. One other wrestler has won two titles for David Douglas. That was Jeff Scruggs, who would take them in 1976 and 1977. Another state championship teams from the Metro League was the 1987 Newberg team. This school was new to the league, coming in from the Willamette Valley League, where it had won the state title the year before. Neil Russo won Newberg's only individual title, and while doing so, also won his fourth district champion- ship, which included three in the WV League. This was followed by another state championship performance by the 1990 Hillsboro team that won its first title since 1952, winning the crown without an individual champion, but well-balanced effort from the entire team. Newberg won in the 1991 event. Under-rated all season, the Tigers easily out-distanced runner-up North Bend. Led by an outstanding effort from the light weights, This time they were guaranteed a champion before the finals started, as both 98 pounders were from Newberg. Then in 1992, Newberg repeated, a seldom seen accomplishment at the 4A level, this time in a very close contest with several other teams.