BAKER — After a scheduling mix-up caused Pendleton’s home swim meet to be canceled last weekend, the Buckaroos and Hermiston Bulldog swimmers finally kicked off its 2015 season on Saturday with a meet at Baker. When the last laps in the pool were finished, the Buckaroos found themselves at the top of the scoreboard, as the boys and girls teams combined to take first place in the meet. The girls team finished in first place out of four teams with 657 points, while the boys team finished second place behind La Grande with 528 points.
Hermiston struggled at the meet, as the girls finished fourth with 277 points and the boys team finished in third with 235 points, combining for a third place overall finish.
Pendleton won the boys 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:49.43 with Jon Jennings, Dylan Clemons, T.J. O’Hanlon and Lukas Johnson swimming legs in that order. The Pendleton boys also won the 200 freestyle relay and placed second in the 400 freestyle relay. Johnson, Clemons, Grant Banister and Jennings combined for a time of 1:36.82 in the 200 freestyle, and Banister, Hunter Frazier, O’Hanlon and Rylan Headley posted a 4:12.64 in the 400.
The PHS girls also won the 200 freestyle relay, with Oceane Schreier, Jennifer Schulze, Bethany Van Cleave and Sam Schmitz going for a time of 1:56.79. The lady Bucks were also second in the 400 freestyle with Tiffany Armstrong, MaKayla Lee, Kaitlyn Driskel and Landry Huth stopping the clock in 4:55.09.
Individual event wins for the Bucks came from: Sam Schmitz (200 freestyle, 2:17.01), Jon Jennings (50 freestyle, 22.82; 100 backstroke, 1:00.44), Lukas Johnson (100 freestyle, 54.47), Jill Schulze (50 backstroke, 41.97), Dani Moore (50 breaststroke, 45.97), Nolan Bylenga (50 breaststroke, 47.65)
Individual wins for Hermiston were by: Adrian Stewart (100 freestyle, 1:33.41), Carson Wrathall (100 freestyle, 1:00.99), Keaton Mikami (50 freestyle, 28.93).
LA GRANDE — Four local teams competed at the Muilenburg Tournament in La Grande on Friday and Saturday, and although they only secured one weight-class champion, Pendleton brought in the most team points of the locals.
The Buckaroos placed sixth out of 22 teams with 160 points, and were paced by the 152-pound championship of Morgan Holcomb. Holcomb won the final match 16-2 over Trevor Thiessen of Banks for his second tournament win of the young season. He was the only PHS wrestler to reach a championship final.
Mac-Hi was right behind Pendleton in the team scoring at seventh with 155 points, and also brought home three individual titles.
Riley Chester topped David Perez of Weiser (ID) 10-7 in the 138 final, Cole Skramstad pinned Lake Oswego’s Marco Young in 5:01 to win the 160 title, and Alyxander Shaw edged Walla Walla’s Andrew Granchukof 3-1 in a defensive 170 championship.
Also winning a title at Muilenburg was Heppner’s Ryan Smith, who pinned Lake Oswego’s Danior Imanbayev in 2:58 in the 113 final.
Heppner was 15th (77.5) in team scoring and Irrigon was 19th (32).
OTHELLO, Wash. — A.J. Rockwell is off to a fine start this season for the Riverside Pirates, and claimed his second tournament title over the weekend at the Leonard Schutte Invite.
Wrestling in the 126-pound division, Rockwell took out a pair of Washington’s better wrestlers to win his latest championship.
In the semifinals he beat Ty Peth of Burlington-Edison 6-3, then won the title 4-3 over Spencer Clegg of Clarkston.
Peth was a state finalist last season and Clegg is a defending state champion.
Also for Riverside, Andrew Barker and Tyeler Hancock placed third in their weights and Ivan Escobedo was fourth.