The Hermiston Bulldogs wrestling team began its season on Saturday morning on the west side of the state, competing at the Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament in Oregon City.
The Bulldogs put together a solid day with a sixth place finish in the team standings with 134 points, despite not being at full strength due to a late finish of the football season with only 13 wrestlers traveling. Camas (WA) finished in first place as its 23 competitors tallied 250.5 points.
Hermiston’s best success of the day came in the lightweight classes, where both Alice Todryk at 106 pounds and Ruben Madrigal at 113 pounds earned first place finishes in their classes. Todryk pinned South Albany’s Logan Bond at 4:35 to get her win, while Madrigal pinned Hermiston teammate Isaac Lambert at 5:10 for the win.
The next-highest finishers for the Bulldogs were Zach Kirkpatrick taking second place at 182 pounds and Gage Shipley taking fifth place at 126 pounds. For Kirkpatrick, he lost out to The Dalles’ JR Scott, who pinned Kirkpatrick at 0:27.
Hermiston next wrestles on Friday for a dual at Post Falls, Idaho at 7 p.m.
RANGER CLASSIC — At Estacada, the Mac-Hi Pioneer wrestling team finished in seventh place with 80 points at the 11-team Ranger Classic tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Pioneers had two champions on the day, with Spencer Wells winning at 220 pounds and Kiez White at 113 pounds. Wells battled La Grande’s Spencer Gerst into two overtimes where he won a 2-1 decision for the title. White also took on a La Grande wrestler, Braxton Bisenius, and won by a 7-1 decision.
Devon Cothey at 132 and Patton Wright at 195 earned fifth place finishes.
Mac-Hi next wrestles this coming weekend at the Muilenburg Tournament in La Grande on Friday and Saturday.