HILLSBORO - The Pendleton wrestling team placed fifth in the Reser Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, finishing with a score of 127.5, while Hermiston placed ninth at 91.5.

Keith Carter (130 pounds) and Joe Williams (215) each went 3-1 to finish second in their respective classes.

Carter lost 6-5 to Matt Kim in the finals, and is 1-2 against the West Linn grappler this season. Carter defeated Kim in the Newberg Tournament on Dec. 3, but Kim bested Carter in the Oregon Wrestling Classic on Jan. 8.

Williams fell to Crater's Cody Clark 3-2 in the finals.

"Joe wrestled a great kid (in Clark)," Pendleton coach Fred Phillips said. "I was really pleased with how Joe wrestled this weekend."

Justin Carter (5-1 at 140) and Justin Williams (4-1 at 215) each placed third for the Bucks.

Carter defeated Marshfield's Matt Frost 3-1 in the third-place match.

"It was only 3-1, but it might have been the best overall match I've seen (Justin) wrestle," Phillips said.

Drew Guthmiller (4-2 at 125) placed fourth, and Clay Wunder (3-2 at 275) took fifth.

Pendleton's Kenny Melton also secured fifth place, going 5-2 while wrestling up a weight at 135.

"Kenny Melton did a fantastic job," Phillips said. "He's a 130-pounder, but we put him in at 135, (and) he wrestled his heart out.

"He's just getting better every time he goes out there."

Crater, which defeated the Bucks 32-25 to win the Classic, finished with 209 team points to win the tournament. West Linn (157.5) finished second, and Newberg (151.5) took third.

For the Bulldogs, Keith Saucillo placed second at 112 with a 3-1 overall record. Brent Parks (135) and Garrett Later (215) placed third in their respective classes. Parks finished 4-1 and Later went 5-1.

Troy Kessell (189) went 3-2 to earn fifth-place honors.

In the junior varsity tournament, Hermiston's Kevin Verwey won the 171-pound weight class, going 4-0.

Teammate Taylor Atkinson (215) placed fourth, and Derek Harmon (152) wound up in sixth place.

Pendleton's Guy Hamm won the 275-pound weight class, finishing 4-0. Nick Brizendine (119) and Andrew Rosenberg (140) each took second, and Drew Berry placed fifth at 135.


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