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Banks High School wrestler JJ Ellis wins individual state wrestling championship

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BANKS - Banks High School senior wrestler JJ Ellis won the Oregon 4A 220-pound state championship at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 23.

This marks Ellis’ second state title in as many years with the Braves.

“(Winning the state title) was a goal this year for sure,” Banks wrestling coach Dan Herb said. “He’s the returning state champion and we kind of expected he’d win a second time. He was ranked No. 1 all year.”

Ellis, who won the final match by a score of 3-0, said his opponent, third-seeded Spencer Gerst from La Grande High School, was slippery on the mat.

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“He was different, that’s for sure,” Ellis said. “My game plan was to get him down and turn him over because my . . .

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