Willamette Valley League There have been two Willamette Valley leagues in Oregon wrestling. The member schools were somewhat similar, however, as the only school in the first not a member of the second was Sandy. The first tournament was held in 1946, when Oregon athletics was still recov- ering from the effects of World War II. The tournament, won by host Canby, also included Sandy, Molalla and Dallas. Ten wrestlers from these schools went on to win state titles in Salem two weeks later, although only four of them had also able to win league championships. This tournament was held annually through 1951, and league dual meet championships were awarded from 1950 to 1958. Many outstanding wrestlers came from this league. Chief among those was Lee Allen, Oregon's second four-time state champion. Allen went on to win numerous honors including wrestling on two Olympic teams. Three-time state champions were Dick Von and Art Keith of Canby. Two-time champs were Buzz Wheatley and George Krupicka of Molalla, and Clarence Connelly, Barry Schneider and Jerry Miles of Canby. The Willamette League was reborn for the 1980- 1981 school year, but didn't have a state champion until 1984 when Trent Stewart of Newberg won his first of two. His second title came in 1986 when the Newberg team also won the state Triple-A championship. The Willamette League was disbanded again at the end of the 1985-1986 school year. Dallas and Silverton moved down to Double-A and the remaining schools were split between the Metro and Three Rivers Leagues, leaving the Class AAA with eight leagues, again.
Astoria 1980 Canby 1983-1986 Dallas 1980-1986 Forest Grove 1980-1986 Glencoe 1981-1982 Lake Oswego 1980-1982