Coast Range, Snow, Weather

Banks High School wrestler JJ Ellis wins individual state wrestling championship

Photo courtesy of Banks School District

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.

We rely on subscribers to keep the lights on in our independent newsroom. Join us with a digital subscription today.

Click here to subscribe.

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

You have reached content available exclusively to Banks Post digital subscribers.

Receive a 3-day free trial of unlimited digital access.

Already a subscriber? Login here.


New patients only, no cash value, cannot be combined with any other offers