REDMOND — In the final day of competition at the Oregon Classic in Redmond, the Hermiston and Riverside wrestling teams claimed a top finish in their respective brackets.
Redmond hosted nearly 100 schools for the two-day event, which featured a number of local schools.
Hermiston, Pendleton, Mac-Hi, Riverside, Irrigon and Heppner all made the trip. Most of the local schools fared well the first day, but in the championship round only Hermiston and Riverside made the top eight.
In the 5A championships, the Bulldogs finished in eighth place, while the Pirates edged out Harrisburg for seventh place.
Hermiston was handily defeated by Dallas, 57-9, in the quarterfinals.
Only three Bulldogs won their bouts. Ruben Madrigal (106) came out victorious after the 17-12 decision landed in his favor. Zach Kirkpatrick (170) also won by decision, 11-8, and Beau Blake (285) outlasted his opponent to win by a 4-2 decision.
The loss put Hermiston in the consultation bracket where it faced Crater, but again the Bulldogs struggled. They lost the match 16-18 and again only three wrestlers were able to defeat their opponents.
Joey Gutierrez (195) won by forfeit. Madrigal earned his second victory of the day, but this by fall, pinning his opponent in 1:18. Blake also continued to find success on the mat, and trapped a Crater wrestler in just 0:53 to win his bout.
Hermiston was then pitted against Silverton in the seventh place match. It was the Bulldogs best performance of the day, but they still lost 47-31.
Adrian Delgado (106) won by forfeit, while Gutierrez was final able to take the mat. He pinned his opponent in 1:34. Adrian Tuia (145) won his bout by a 7-1 decision. Kirkpatrick finished the day 2-1 after winning by fall in 1:20 in his final bout of the day.
Sean Stewart (220) didn’t need more than a minute to pin his Silverton foe, and ended his bout in 0:55. Blake was the most successful Bulldog of the day and finished a perfect 3-0 after winning his last bout by fall in 2:22.
Hermiston’s team score was adjusted by -2.000 for biting.
Riverside also ended up in the seventh place match after losing its previous two. The Pirates were able to hold off Harrisburg, 45-27, to earn a top-eight finish.
In the final match of the day, Riverside only dropped five bouts.
Allan Gutierrez (220), Michael Carroll (285), Jose Puerta (145), Jacob Harris (138) and Abraham Silva (113) all won by forfeit.
Fernando Ortega (106) won by a 11-6 decision, while Chance Hendrickson (120) won by a narrower margin — a 7-4 decision. Both Christian Reyes (126) and Ethan Snyder (132) won by fall, pinning their opponents in 2:55 and 1:49, respectively.
Pendleton and Irrigon wrestled for first place finishes in its respective bonus rounds, while Heppner and Mac-Hi were both in contention for third place in its bonus rounds.
In the semifinal round of the 5A Bonus Round 1, Pendleton defeated Eagle Point 48-34.
Nearly all of the Buckaroos were able to pin their opponents in the first round of their bouts. Alex Rendon (132) won by fall in 0:42. Aiden Patterson (170), Kirk Liscom (182) and Perry Markgraf (285) all won by fall in less then a minute, as well.
Brendon Bedolla (138) and Isaac Urbina (152) brought down their opponents in 1:19 and 1:20, respectively, while it took Blake Davis (145) 5:08 to pin his.
Ian Bannister (160) won by forfeit. Results from the final round were not yet available.
In the 3A Bonus Round 3, Irrigon easily defeated Coquille, 54-18.
Seven Pirates won by forfeit, and the Pirates that did hit the mat pinned both their opponents by the second round of their respective bouts.
It took Silvestre Vasquez (138) only 0:56, while Josue Aguilera (160) trapped his opponent in 2:53. Results from the final round were not yet available.
In their respective bonus rounds, Heppner was defeated 34-22 at the hands of North Lake, and Mac-Hi 59-18 against Cascade. Results from their third place match were not yet available.
WALLOWA 49, ECHO 47 — Back at home, Echo was hoping for its first league win since Dec. 16. After overcoming a forgettable first half performance with two 17-point quarters in the second half, it looked as if the Cougars would get it.
But the visiting Wallowa Cougars edged Echo 49-47 to take the win. Wallowa’s first half efforts proved to be a game changer at the end — it outscored Echo 17-13.
Echo (6-11 overall, 1-5 Old Oregon League) was led by sophomore Rachel McCarty, who scored a 16 points. Fellow sophomore Tylene Skillman and senior Marti Huff pitched in 12 points a 12 points apiece.
For Wallowa (4-11, 2-4), sophomore Jamie Johnston finished with a game-high 20 points. Johnston was the only Wallowa Cougar to hit double digits.
Echo will have a week to recover before playing in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. First up a road game at Cove, and then back home for a matchup against Helix.
WHS 4 13 9 23 — 49
EHS 9 4 17 17 — 47
WALLOWA — J. Johnston 20, S. Tillery 7, G. Pendarvis 5, A. Young 4, R. Ferre 4, R. Goller 4, E. Moeller 3, B. Hafer 1, J. Scott 1.
ECHO — R. McCarty 16, T. Skillman 12, M. Huff 12, A. Putnam 4, L. Cox 3.
3-pointers — WHS 2, EHS 1. Free throws — WHS 2-2, EHS 12-33. Fouls — WHS 25, EHS 24.
NIXYAAWII 82, PINE EAGLE 19 — Again, it was the Nixyaawii Eagles show when the team hosted Pine Eagle on Saturday.
The undefeated Eagles have breezed through their schedule, most recently handing Pine Eagle a 82-19 defeat.
Nixyaawii (14-0 overall, 5-0 Old Oregon League) will remain at home for its next game schedule for Friday versus Joseph.
DUFUR 52, CONDON/WHEELER 38 — At Condon, the Dufur Outlaws extended their winning streak to three straight games after defeating Condon/Wheeler 52-38.
The Knights now move to 2-13 overall and 2-3 in the Big Sky League.
They will continue their home stand and face Ione on Friday. Dufur (7-6, 3-1) will travel to Sherman on Tuesday.
JOSEPH 57, HELIX 31 — Helix is familiar with streaks, as the Grizzlies lost three straight at the beginning of the season before going on an eight-game win streak. But on Saturday, after facing Joseph on the road, Helix is back on a skid.
The 57-31 loss is the Grizzlies’ third consecutive loss, and they are now .500 in league play.
Helix (9-7 overall, 3-3 Old Oregon League) will return home and host Pine Eagle on Friday. Joesph (11-2, 5-1) will face the perfect Nixyaawii Eagles on their home court Friday.
HERMISTON 67, LA GRANDE 38 — The Hermiston Bulldogs’ season has been less than favorable. They have struggled to find consistency and as league play approaches have been searching for their first win since Dec. 28.
On Saturday in La Grande, Hermiston got it. A 67-38 victory over the Tigers behind a 22-point outing from junior Jordan Thomas.
For La Grande, senior Delaney Lester led with 17 points.
Hermiston (2-11) will have a chance at a sweep as it hosts La Grande (7-7) on Tuesday.
SHERMAN 65, ARLINGTON 24 — Arlington has had a rough go since it began its season in the new year. The Honkers opened play with a win but have dropped games ever since.
Their skid continued at home against Sherman with a 65-24 loss.
Arlington (1-6 overall, 0-4 Big Sky League) will hit the road for a three-game road trip. First up is a matchup against Mitchell/Spray on Friday.
Sherman (5-7, 3-1) has won four of its last five games, and will return home Tuesday to face Dufur.
WESTON-MCEWEN 69, HEPPNER 48 — After a successful start to league play Friday, Heppner had a quick turnaround but couldn’t bring the momentum of that win into Saturday’s game against Weston-McEwen.
The visiting TigerScots defeated the Mustangs 69-48.
Up next, Heppner (9-4 overall, 1-1 Columbia Basin Conference) will begin its four-game road trip on Thursday at Culver.
Weston-McEwen (9-6, 1-0) will have a very brief non-league break, and travel to Waitsburg (WA) on Tuesday before finishing out CBC play.
CULVER 35, STANFIELD 27 — At Stanfield, Culver increased its win streak to four straight games defeating the home team 35-27.
Columbia Basin Conference play has just began for both schools, but Stanfield (2-14 overall, 0-2 CBC) will need to shake off early struggles when it travels to Riverside on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Culver (11-5, 2-0) will return home for a two-game homestand, first hosting Heppner on Thursday at 6 p.m.
SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 56, IONE 26 — Ione was coming off a rare win when it hit the road to face South Wasco County. The Cardinals had been at the losing end of some closer games as well as some blowouts.
On Saturday against South Wasco County, it was another blowout. The 56-26 loss was one of Ione’s lowest scoring games of the season.
Ione (2-11, 1-2 Big Sky League) will continue its road trip and face Mitchell/Spray on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
South Wasco County (11-3, 4-0) will hope to continue its dominance on the road, as it travels to Horizon Christian on Tuesday.
BURNS 38, UMATILLA 14 — Umatilla’s struggles continue while Burns remains victorious. On Saturday, the Vikings scored a season low in the 38-14 loss. They now have lost nine consecutive games. It’s Burns’ fourth straight win.
Umatilla (3-13 overall, 0-2 Eastern Oregon League) is still looking for that spark and will return home to host Nyssa on Friday.
HEPPNER 64, WESTON-MCEWEN 63 — The Heppner Mustangs opened league play at home on Friday and completely dominated their competition. They had a quick turnaround and hosted Weston-McEwen on Saturday, earning back-to-back victories with the 64-63 win over the TigerScots.
Junior Trent Smith led Heppner’s efforts with a 20-point performance. He had a little help from senior Alex Lindsay — who scored 10 points — and seven other Mustangs.
Heppner (7-6 overall, 2-0 Columbia Basin Conference) was up 39-33 at the half, but Weston-McEwen (5-11, 0-1) came out of the break and knocked down 18 points to take it first lead since the opening quarter.
The Mustangs outscored the TigerScots 15-12 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
Next, Heppner will hit the road to face Culver on Thursday, while Weston-McEwen returns home to welcome Pilot Rock on Friday.
W-M 19 14 18 12 — 63
HHS 15 24 10 15 — 64
WESTON-MCEWEN — B. Speed 26, Cambell 13, K. Rodriguez 6, P. Munk 6, B. Rudolph 6, G. Smith 6.
HEPPNER — T. Smith 20, A. Lindsay 10, T. Carter 7, G. McCurry 8, W. Steagall 6, K. Smith 6, H. Nichols 3, B. Wolters 2, J. McAninch 2.
3-pointers — W-E 6, HHS 4. Free throws — W-E 9-26, HHS 12-17.
WALLOWA 54, ECHO 49 — The visiting Wallowa Cougars outlasted Echo in single overtime to win 54-49.
The Echo Cougars got off to a slow start, scoring only 13 points in the first half compared to Wallowa’s 24.
Echo (6-11 overall, 3-3 Old Oregon League) came out of the break scoring 17 points in the third quarter and then forced overtime after an 11-point performance in the fourth.
However, it was Wallowa (8-7, 3-3) that was able to pull away with the win. It relied on two primary scorers, junior Christopher Noble and senior Sam Hilliard. Noble finished with a game-high 26 points, while Hilliard notched 17.
Leading Echo was junior Devan Craig, who scored 15 points. Senior Morgan Marcum pitched in 13 of his own.
Echo will take the court again Friday when it travels to Cove.
WHS 7 17 12 5 13 — 54
EHS 7 6 17 11 6 — 49
WALLOWA — C. Nobles 26, S. Hilliard 17, W. Prince 4, C. Goebel 3, M. Moore 3, R. Hafer 1.
ECHO — D. Craig 15, M. Marcum 13, J. Medrano 7, T. Mulder 6, C. White 5, Z. Gerhke 3.
3-pointers — WHS 4, EHS 5. Free throws — WHS 22-37, EHS 6-11. Fouls — WHS 11, EHS 27.
LA GRANDE 58, HERMISTON 48 — The Hermiston Bulldogs had a quick turnaround after a tough loss Friday night. On the road against La Grande, Hermiston fell 58-48 to continue its skid.
It’s the Bulldogs fifth consecutive loss.
Turnovers and missed opportunities hurt Hermiston’s chance at a comeback. In the first half alone, the Bulldogs committed 12 turnovers.
La Grande was able to take advantage and enter halftime up 27-18.
Hermiston (4-9) battled back, behind a 16-point performance from junior Andrew James, and came out of the break to outscore the Tigers 16-11 in the third quarter.
However, La Grand (10-6) ran away with it at the end thanks to the efforts of juniors Hunter Youngblood and Braden Bell, who led the team with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
For Hermiston, James finally had his breakout performance after missing the beginning of the season because of an injury sustained during the football team’s state championship run.
The Bulldogs will get a chance to tie the series as La Grande will travel to Hermiston for a rematch Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
HHS 8 10 16 14 — 48
LG 17 10 11 21 — 58
HERMISTON — A. James 16, R. Andreason 10, C. Ortiz 8, T. McCullough 4, A. Mendez 4, C. Smith 3, A. Earl 3.
LA GRANDE — H. Youngblood 16, B. Bell 11, G. Blackman 9, N. Tsiatsos 8, C. Reed 6, K. Chandler 6, I. Chamberlain 2.
3-pointers — HHS 7, LG 5. Free throws — HHS 5-8, LG 15-21. Fouls — HHS 19, LG 13.
STANFIELD 54, CULVER 47 — Stanfield has been trading wins with losses in its last few outings, but on Saturday the Tigers earned their first league win in a 54-47 overtime victory over Culver.
Stanfield (8-9 overall, 1-1 Columbia Basin Conference) hosted the Bulldogs, who also opened CBC play with a loss.
Culver (4-14, 0-2) will return home and face Heppner on Thursday. Stanfield will hit make the short trip to Boardman to play Riverside on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
JOSEPH 49, HELIX 35 — On the road, Helix was hit with its fifth consecutive loss after Joseph routed the Grizzlies 49-35.
Helix (1-15 overall, 0-6 Old Oregon League) has been struggling all season long. The Grizzlies have yet to pick up a league win and have only one win on the season.
Joseph (8-4, 4-2) will take its three-game win streak on the road and face Nixyaawii on Friday. The Grizzlies will return home and play Pine Eagle on Friday.
CONDON/WHEELER 62, DUFUR 44 — Returning home, Condon/Wheeler brushed off its most recent loss and got back to its winning ways as the Knights defeated the Dufur Outlaws 62-44.
Condon/Wheeler (10-5 overall, 4-1 Big Sky League) will continue to have the home-court advantage when Ione comes to town Friday.
Dufur (4-9, 1-3) will continue its road trip in Sherman on Tuesday.
BURNS 43, UMATILLA 35 — Umatilla hit the road with the momentum of a huge win, as the Vikings handed the Riverside Pirates their first loss of the season Friday.
However, the victory celebrations were short lived as Burns topped the visiting Vikings 43-35.
It was Umatilla’s first league loss, and it now sits at 13-4 overall and 1-1 in the Eastern Oregon League.
Burns (9-6 overall, 2-0 EOL) held the Vikings to their lowest scoring output of the season.
Umatilla hopes to pick up where it left off in The Pit when Nyssa comes to visit Friday.
SHERMAN 56, ARLINGTON 41 — Sherman is near perfect on the season, and it continued its streak Saturday at Arlington. The Huskies handed the Honkers a 56-41 loss, and while they move their win streak to eight straight games.
Arlington (6-7 overall, 2-2 Big Sky League) is looking to go above .500 in league play when it travels to Spray on Friday.
IONE 52, SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 50 — In a thrilling fashion, Ione defeated South Wasco County 52-50 in overtime Saturday night.
The win was just want the Cardinals needed, as they opened up league play with two consecutive losses.
Ione (3-10 overall, 1-2 Big Sky League) will remain on the road with a trip to Spray on Tuesday.
BAKER — The Bulldogs returned to the pool for the Baker High School January Invitational on Saturday. La Grande also joined the two schools in Baker.
Although Hermiston failed to earn first place in the combined team scores, the Bulldogs had some standout performances.
In the boy’s 50-yard freestyle, Ryan Barnard earned first place and seven points for the team after clocking 24.61.
Barnard also stunned his competition in the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 59.49.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Hermiston boys claimed first place in 3:48.57 and edged out the second-place Tigers by 90 seconds. Making up the team was Keaton Mikimi, Ryland Kestler, Alexis Perez and Preston Strong.
The boys 200-yard relay also featured a successful Bulldog team, only this time they claimed second place. Carson Wrathall, Seth Buck, Barnard and Lane Stevenson finished in 1:52.63.
On the boys team in the 100-yard freestyle, Buck — who entered unseeded — earned second place after he finished in 57.45. Only Buck and the La Grande Tiger who finished first swim sub-one minute. Buck also earned second in the 100-yard breast stroke (1:14.41).
In an individual event, Wrathall claimed another second place finish. In the 200-yard individual medley, he finished second out of two swimmers in 2:10.56.
Hermiston had a number of third place finishers.
On the girls team, Georgia Stevenson clocked 1:15.40 in the 100-yard backstroke.
Another relay team finished in the top three. Strong, Perez, Ryland Kestler and Mikimi made up the 200-yard freestyle relay, and finished in 1:55.53.
In the boys individual 200-yard freestyle, Strong also finished third (2:21.92), as well as in the 500-yard freestyle (6:41.25).
In the boys 100-yard butterfly, Mikimi finished third out of three swimmers, recording a time of 1:17.27.
Combined Team Scores
Combined Team Scores
1. La Grande High School 289
2. Baker High School 143
3. Hermiston High School 130
Girls Team Scores
1. La Grande High School 172
2. Baker High School 88
3. Hermiston High School 43
Boys Team Scores
1. La Grande High School 117
2. Hermiston High School 87
3. Baker High School 55