PENDLETON — On Wednesday, the Pendleton Buckaroos hosted The Dalles in their first of two dual meets this season. The team was just days off a third place finish in the Colton Holly Memorial Tournament, and were ready to return to the mat.
But at Warberg Court, half the squad didn’t have to move a finger as Pendleton defeated the Riverhawks 64-6.
The first 30 points were earned by forfeit. It wasn’t until the eighth bout that wrestlers from the each school faced each other.
Pendleton’s Koby Jones (132) was up against Josiah Andersen, and took him down in 2:34.
Three of the next five Buckaroo wins would come by fall.
Alex Rendon (138) didn’t need a full round to pin Andrew Richman, ending his bout in 1:37. Blake Davis (145) continued Pendleton’s shutout with a win by fall over Glenn Breckterfield in 4:32. Isaac Urbina (152) was the final Buck to win by fall, getting out of his match with Austin Green in 1:36.
Ian Bannister (160) faced The Dalles’ Yordi Sanchez, and won by 15-2 major decision.
After another forfeit to put Pendleton up 64-0, The Dalles would final score its first points.
In the last match of the night, JR Scott (182) trapped Kirk Liscom in just 45 seconds. The points allowed the Riverhawks to avoid a shutout, but by then Pendleton had already marked his record with a win.
The Bucks will compete again on Friday at the Panther Duals in Redmond.
ECHO — On Tuesday, Echo welcomed Riverside, Irrigon and Elgin for a duals meet. The statistics from the Riverside-Echo matchup were made available Wednesday.
In one of three of the Cougars’ duals, they fell 40-30 at the hands of the Pirates.
Two forfeits started the match, giving Riverside a 12-0 advantage.
The Pirates went on to win their next two bouts, when Abraham Silva (120) faced Daylon Eng and Andrew Barker (126) wrestled Kyle Ranger.
Silva was able to pin Eng, while Baker went the full three rounds to win by a 13-2 major decision.
Echo’s Hayden Hilliard (132) was the first Cougar to get points on the board after winning by fall over Christian Reyes.
Two Cougar forfeits sandwiched a win, as Mychael Pointer (145) pinned Jacob Harris to cut their deficit to 34-12.
Now, it was time for the home school to rack up easy points. Three consecutive forfeits in the 182, 195 and 220-pound division put Echo within striking distance, 34-30.
But another forfeit, this time favoring Riverside, sealed the Pirates 40-30 win.
Echo will be traveling to the New Plymouth Invite in Idaho on Saturday, while Riverside stays close to home and will join Hermiston at the Farm City event held at Hermiston High.