HEPPNER — A number of local schools traveled to Heppner for the Bank of Eastern Oregon Invitational.
In the eight-team field, Mac-Hi was the host successful finishing in second place with 122 points behind Baker (178). Riverside was the only other school to eclipse 100 points, and claimed third place (115). Irrigon, Hermiston and host school Heppner rounded out the rest of the standings.
The Knights finished with 64 points, good for sixth place. The Bulldogs brought a small team to the invitational and placed seventh with 53 points. The Mustangs barely made it over the 50-point mark, and finished in eighth place (52).
For the Mac-Hi Pioneers, four wrestlers finished in second place, one claimed first and three more finished in either third or fourth place.
At the 195-weight class, Joshua Torres and Brandyn Chaney had to face each other for the top spot. The two teammates defeated wrestlers from Riverside, Irrigon and Joseph to make it to the championship bout where Torres would come out victorious. He’s undefeated finish gave the Pioneers 26 points. Chaney, then, finished in second.
Joining Chaney in second place was Kyler Kelly (152), Alejandro Saldana (182)and Alex Doherty (220). Kelly and Saldana both went 2-1 on the day, and Doherty opened with a bye to finish 1-1.
Cruz Garcia (285) was the only Pioneer to claim a third place finish by pinning Grant Union’s Toby Boatwright in 3:22. Layne Ensey (113) and Jakob Henshew (132) each finished in fourth. The two split their bouts, finishing 2-2, and each added 14 points to Mac-Hi’s total.
For Riverside, Fernando Ortega (106) had the best performance earning a second place finish after Joseph’s Steven Beckman won by a major decision (13-2).
The Pirates also had a sixth place finisher in the 106-pound weight class. Yeidi Ramos survived the consultation rounds to face Baker’s Alex Gross in the fifth place match. Ramos was pinned in 1:54 to finish just outside the top five.
Five of Riverside’s wrestlers finished in third place: Andrew Barker (120), Christian Reyes (126), Ethan Snyder (132), Jacob Harris (145) and Allan Gutierrez (220).
Jose Puerta (152) was the only Pirate to finish in fourth place after Heppner’s Carson Brosnan won by fall in 3:01.
Rounding out the team’s top finishers was Juan Salgado (182), Adolfo Martinez (195) and Michael Carroll (285), all of whom claiming fifth place in their respective weight class.
Hermiston’s wrestling team was split between two meets on Saturday. In Heppner, a handful of wrestlers made the trip with Alice Todryk (106) and Cole Abbott (113) having the best finish for the Bulldogs.
Both wrestlers finished in third place, Todryk defeated Riverside’s Ramos in the consolation semifinal bout to face Ethan Moore of Grant Union in the third place match. She won by fall in 3:11. Abbott also made it out of the consolation semifinal and won by fall over Mac-Hi’s Layne Ensey. The bout almost latest the full three rounds before Abbott trapped Ensey at the 5:54 mark.
Hermiston’s Daniel Shipley (145) and Sam Marsengill (120) finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The hosting Mustangs didn’t fare well at their home meet. Leo Waite (126) had the most success with a second place finish. Carson Brosnan (152) and Charles Cason (160) both followed with third place finishes, while Trevor Antonucci (120) ended the day in fourth.
Suzanneah Cason (126) and Ethan Holmgren (182) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
WILSONVILLE — The Pendleton wrestling team finished in third place at the Colton Holly Tourney on Saturday.
The Buckaroos opened the day pitted against host school, Wilsonville, and the Wildcats escaped with a narrow 39-34 victory.
Pendleton’s Caleb Tremper (113), Alex Rendon (132) and Brendon Bedolla (138) — all of whom finished undefeated — were some of the first Bucks to get points on the board for the team. Rendon and Bedolla didn’t even have to take the mat, as they both won by forfeit. Tremper defeated Wilsonville’s Caleb Wilde when the 7-0 decision went his way.
Blake Davis (145), Isaac Urbina (152), Kirk Liscom (182) and Aiden Henderson (195) were also victorious in their bouts with Wildcat wrestlers. These four would end up going undefeated through the first three rounds.
After the five-point defeat, Pendleton had to face Lake Oswego. The Bucks dominated their competition, winning 58-15.
Only three Lake Oswego wrestlers one their bouts, one by forfeit, one by a 6-0 decision over Pendleton’s Aiden Patterson and the last by fall — Ethan Frech pinned Ian Bannister in 4:33. All of Round 1 winners continued their success in the second round, but some other Bucks who weren’t as successful against Wilsonville won their bouts against Lake Oswego.
Koby Jones (126) won by fall against Henry Fillmore in 4:46, Cezar Medina (220) won by forfeit and Max Bishop (285) pinned Cameron McKenna in 3 minutes flat.
In the third round, Pendleton came out on top once again. This time the Bucks handed Barlow a 45-30 defeat.
Tremper, Jones, Davis, Urbina and Henderson all won by fall — Davis got off the mat the fastest, pinning Nicholas Barden (145) in just 38 seconds.
Rendon earned his third victory again by forfeit. Liscom also had a break in this round, winning by forfeit, and a 8-4 decision went Bedolla’s way to help the Bucks advance.
In the championship rounds, the Bucks dropped their first match 48-25 against Canby.
Only five of Pendleton’s wrestlers won their bouts.
Tremper won by fall over Nick Marquez (113) in 3:03, while it only took Rendon 19 seconds to pin Adam Marquez for the win. Jones won by major decision (13-4) over Jordan Petersen (126), and Patterson won by a 10-5 decision against Kaden Boyd (170).
After the loss to Canby, Pendleton faced Beaverton in the third place match. The Bucks ran away with the win, 48-27.
Only four of Beaverton’s wrestlers won their bouts, while the rest fell to their Buckaroos opponent.
Rendon and Tremper had the quickest wins, pinning their opponents in 26 and 40 seconds, respectively.
Jones won by fall over Drew Field (126) in 1:34, while it took Henderson 1:56 and Liscom 3:47 to pin their opponents. Bedolla and Max Bishop (285) both won by forfeit, and Davis and Patterson by a 5-1 and 5-2 decision, respectively.
Pendleton will return home for a dual meet against The Dalles on Wednesday.
HILLSBORO — On Saturday Hermiston jumped one spot in the standings to finish in 16th place at the Liberty Invitational.
In the final day of competition, four Bulldogs placed with Aidan Villarreal having the team’s best finish after earning fourth place in the 138-pound weight class.
Villarreal made it to the semifinal match before North Marion’s Brandon Gibson won by a 5-3 decision to knock him into the consolation bracket.
After defeated Jack Evans of Newberg when a 7-3 decision went his way, Villarreal wrestled West Linn’s Cael Brunson for third place. Brunson won in sudden victory-1 over Villarreal (5-3).
Hermiston’s Beau Blake (285) finished in third place after a sudden victory went his way.
Blake was defeated by Newberg’s Tristan Osborn (Dec. 3-2) to move into the consolation semifinals. There he won by fall in just 47 seconds. He then faced Liberty’s Dylan Thygersen and won 3-1 to claim the Bulldogs’ only third place finish.
Ruben Madrigal (106) and Joey Gutierrez (195) finished in sixth place. Madrigal was pinned by Micah Worthington of Newberg in 2:21, and Milwaukie’s Chass Amundson won by injury default in Gutierrez’s final bout of the day.
Up next, Hermiston will host Hood River Valley on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
CRANE — Over the weekend in Crane, Class 1A schools gathered to see which would take home the 1A Oregon State Championship.
The Echo Cougars sat atop the leaderboard, winning the championship by 4.5 points. Five Cougars finished first in their respective weight class, one in second place and the last wrestler to place claimed third.
Kyle Ranger (126) received a bye in the quarterfinal round to then face Crane’s Glen Starbuck in the semifinals — where Ranger won by a technical fall in 4:44 — and Lowell’s Logan Davis-Tucker, who he pinned in 2:45.
Hayden Hilliard (132), Mychael Pointer (145), Logan Butler (195) and Kenneth Bevan (220) each took home a title and added over 90 points to the team’s total.
Hilliard won by fall over each opponent, and got out of Round 2 the quickest by trapping Lowell’s Kent McIntosh in just 47 seconds.
Like Ranger, Pointer and Butler both received bye’s. Point in the quarterfinal and Butler in both the quarter and semi finals. The Cougar duo didn’t have to wrestler for more than a round against their respective opponents, getting off the mat in end two minutes during each bout.
Bevan was the final Echo wrestler to win in his weight class, 220 pounds. He dominated the competition, pinning all of his opponents in no more than 1:35.
Daylon Eng (120) won second place after Adrian’s Kaden Rhead won by fall in 5:27, and Caden Fisher (182) earned third after finishing his opponents from Crane in a quick 32 seconds.