New competition, same result for the Sprague High School wrestling team.
Life for the Olympians in the new Greater Valley Conference began the same way it ended in the old Central Valley Conference: as district champs.
Sprague won it's third consecutive conference tournament title -- and 13th under coach Kary Hadden -- Saturday, winning individual championships in four weight classes for a team total of 378 points.
McMinnville placed second with 303.5 points and McNary was third with 261.
Even though Hadden's no stranger to league championships, this one against increased competition in the new GVC was extra satisfying.
"I'm really proud of these kids for the way they came through these last couple days," said Hadden. "Winning districts never gets old, and it never gets easier either."
Olympians senior Logan Holmquist, a defending district champion, got the first of Sprague's victories at 132 pounds with a forfeit win over McNary's Michael Phelps, who competed throughout the tournament with an injured left knee.
Both wrestlers were already assured a place in next week's state tournament so there was no need for Phelps, who said he plans to compete at state, to risk further damage.
Jake Vaughn continued the victory parade in the next match, at 138 pounds, with an overtime win against Manny Humlie of McMinnville.
Vaughn and Humlie were tied 3-3 through regulation and the first overtime period when Vaughn went ahead 4-3 with an escape move in the second extra session.
"I've had overtime matches before but never with these kind of stakes -- for the district championship," said Vaughn. "As the match went on I just had to be smart and not do anything to expose myself."
Then came time for one of the most unlikely wrestlers of Sprague's season in junior James Baxter.
In just his first season of wrestling, and coming back from a concussion that kept him out for more than a month, Baxter won the 152-pound class in dominating fashion.
In the final, he pinned Dalton Donaldson in the first round using a new move that he's been working on.
"Me and my brother have been working on this move called 'the spladle'. Usually, no one expects it or really knows about it, but I tried it out in my last two matches and it worked then so I decided to do it again," said Baxter
At 170 pounds, Corson Davis, the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the weight class in the state, earned his first district title with a win by fall over Josh Blanchard.
Being the top dog isn't a concern for Davis, who said he relishes the pressure.
"I don't think pressure is a bad thing; I like that pressure," said Davis. "I've been doing this a long time, since I was a little kid. I like to get excited and put on a show for the fans."
In the match prior to Davis' win, Cameron Harris of North Salem also won his first district championship, at 160 pounds, with an 11-5 victory against Alex Kiess of McMinnville.
Harris, who sports a large chest tattoo of the head of Jesus Christ flanked by eagle's wings, avenged a defeat in the finals at 152 pounds last year and credited his support team for the win.
"Couldn't have done it without God; couldn't have done it without family, friends, my coach," Harris said. "This is something I've wanted a long time."
Also for the Vikings, Sam Hirons got a quick pin of Sprague's Tanner Sorensen in the first period to win the 220-pound championship.
For McNary, Alvarro Venegas overcame a first-period shoulder separation to defeat Brian Barnes on points.
Venegas, a senior, writhed in pain as his coach assessed the severity of the injury before deciding to continue.
"It hurt really bad, I was really scared," said Venegas. "My coach said it's up to me whether I wanted to get out or stay in but this is my senior year. I wanted this win."
Elsewhere for McNary, junior Joey Kibbey lost the 106-pound championship match to Alvaro Flores of McMinnville, and Brayden Ebbs was defeated in overtime by Christian Guerra of Forest Grove.
In the 120-pound final, No. 1 seeded Brayden Ebbs from McNary lost Christian Guerra of Forest Grove.
West Salem's Lisala Manu earned the win at 285 pounds with a third-period take down of Jacob Nelson of Sprague.
South Salem's lone finalist, Edwin Montes, was pinned by Brice Hogan in the 182-pound match.