REDMOND — The Hermiston Bulldogs and Pendleton Buckaroos both earned top-five finishes in the Class 5A Special District 4 tournament on Saturday, and are sending a combined 15 wrestlers to compete at the state tournament next weekend.
The Bulldogs finished in third place with 207 points and Pendleton in fourth with 178 points. Mountain View won the team district title with 400 points and Redmond was second with 279.5 points.
For the Bulldogs, Joey Gutierrez (195 pounds) and Sean Stewart (220) each wrapped up the Bulldogs’ only individual titles on the day. Gutierrez finished a superb tournament with his third win by fall in three matches, this time pinning Redmond’s John Crivellone in 1:44. Stewart won his first career district title by pinning Redmond’s John Lawrence in 2:53.
Also qualifying to state for Hermiston was Ruben Madrigal (2nd place, 106 pounds), Gage Shipley (3rd, 120), AJ Tuia (2nd, 145), Zach Kirkpatrick (2nd, 160), Jake Palmer (4th, 182) and Beau Blake (2nd, 285).
For Pendleton, senior Brendon Bedolla finished off his successful run as the No. 6 seed at 138 pounds by capturing the district title with an 8-2 decision over Mountain View’s John Cole. Alex Rendon (126) came up just short of his second straight title as he fell to the undefeated Beau Ohlson from Mountain View by a 10-2 major decision.
Also qualifying for the Buckaroos were Caleb Tremper (3rd, 113 pounds), Isaac Urbina (4th, 152), Aiden Patterson (4th, 160), Kirk Liscom (4th, 170) and Aiden Henderson (4th, 195).
CLASS 4A DISTRICT 4
LA GRANDE — It was a solid day at the Special District 4 tournament for Mac-Hi on Saturday, as four Pioneers secured district championships and a total of seven wrestlers earned qualifying spots to the Class 4A state tournament next weekend.
Spencer Wells polished off his third consecutive district title at 220 pounds as he defeated Spencer Gerts of La Grande by a 5-2 decision. And at 195 pounds, Joshua Torres secured his second consecutive district title with a 1-0 decision over Baker’s G’ovi Quezada. The wins for both Wells and Torres mark the fourth straight trip to the state tournament for both.
Elsewhere, freshman Kiez White (106) kept his stellar debut season going with a 10-3 decision over Ontario’s Froylan Santiago for the district title, and Zach Crisman pinned Baker’s Jorge Duran in just 59 seconds to capture his first title.
Also qualifying to state for the Pioneers were Patton Wright (3rd place, 170), Brandyn Chaney (2nd, 182) and Cruz Garcia (3rd, 285). As a team, Mac-Hi finished in third place of the four-team district with 175 points, behind first-place La Grande (331) and Baker (281).