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Central Washington took a young squad of freshmen and sophomores to Oregon State’s 7s tournament Saturday, and the Wildcats went 4-1 en route to the title. CWU beat Oregon and Pacific and lost to Washington in pool play. In the semifinals they beat Western Washington 21-7, and in the final they avenged their sole loss, beating Washington 26-14.

Central Washington coach Tony Pacheco gave the A-side the week off, partially to rest them after a physical tournament in Bellingham, Wash. the week before, and partially to give some of the younger players experience, in the hope of finding a few who can contribute to the top side. Freshman Maverick Schirmer, the younger brother of Wildcat A-side player Aladdin, and sophomore Junior All American Vili Toluta’u, were standouts in Corvallis, Ore.

“It’s good for them to get a lot of minutes and a lot of opportunity…They’re just really direct right now as players. They’re going to go forward,” said Pacheco of Schirmer and Toluta’u.

“Maverick’s got a good pace on him, and he can finish. He’s finished a lot of tries from distance, kind of in loose play where we’ve forced a turnover and he’s had a lot of green in front of him. He was able to just take it and go the distance. He did a lot of running and scored a lot of tries from a long ways out, not necessarily as part of the pattern or attack or anything.”

Central is building toward a couple of big tournaments in October – the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference Qualifier Oct. 19, and the Oct. 26 Battle of the Bay tournament in San Francisco. The A-side’s biggest test prior to those outings will have been Viking 7s, where they beat Washington, U. British Columbia, Oregon State and a Chuckabut Bay mixed side. They lost to U. Victoria in the final.

Scores from Oregon State tournament
Pool A - UW, CWU, UO, PU (Pacific)
CWU 28 def UO 14
UW 22 def PU 0
UW 17 def CWU 5
UO 52 def PU 0
UW 33 def UO 7
CWU 31 def PU 0

Pool B - WWU, OSU, WOU, WU (Willamette)
WWU 28 def WOU 0
OSU 27 def WU 0
WWU 19 def OSU 12
WOU 20 def WU 12
OSU 40 def WOU 0
WWU 28 def WU 5

UO 38 def WU 0
WOU 22 def PU 5

UW 21 def OSU 0
CWU 21 def WWU 7

PU 22 def WU - 7th
UO 36 def WOU 5 - 5th
OSU 26 def WWU 5 - 3rd
CWU 26 def UW 14 - FINAL