THE?DALLES — Anyone who came late to Pendleton’s Columbia River Conference dual with the Dalles Wahtonka on Wednesday might have stumbled into an empty gym.

The Buckaroos wrapped up a 49-27 dual victory like they were on the clock, finishing up in near record time. The meet featured three forfeits — two from the Bucks and one from the Eagle Indians — and six first-round falls.

Pendleton, which has dealt with injuries all season, was going straight for the kill against The Dalles. Coach Fred Phillips knew there would be some forfeits, and expects the open weight classes to keep plagueing Pendleton all season, so picking up pins for the quick points is becoming crucial.

“We told the kids that because of the forfeits, we needed to go out and get falls,” he said. “They went out and were going for it. I’m not sure we’ve had that mentality before. Maybe that’s something they’ll be able to keep doing.”

Heavyweight PJ Schubert was the quickest to pin for Pendleton, laying down The Dalles’ Junior Fernandez in 16 seconds, but Dylan Holcomb at 145 pounds and Tristan Holcomb at 106 were right behind, picking up wins by fall in 25 and 27 seconds, respectively.

Other Buckaroo winners included Colton Skeen (120 pounds, fall), Ryan Skeen (126, 2-0 decision), TJ?Hancock (132, 15-4), Alex Ferder (152, fall) and Tanner Yeager (160, fall).

The Bucks will be in Beaverton this Saturday for the Southridge Tournament in their next action.

HERMISTON 56, HOOD?RIVER?VALLEY?7 — In Hood River, the Hermiston Bulldogs didn’t let the Hood River Valley Eagle entertain any thoughts of pulling off an upset on Wednesday in their Columbia River Conference dual.

The Eagles won just two matches, and even those could have gone better for the hosting team, said Hermiston coach Shaun Williams.

He said both of the Bulldogs in those matches were on their backs early, but battled back and avoided the pins —?a practice that often proves to be the difference between victory and defeat in the dual format.

As it turned out, their efforts may not have done much to affect the outcome of Wednesday’s dual, but they still went a long way toward impressing Williams, he said.

Hermiston won four of its matches by pinfall, the quickest coming from heavyweight Jacob Batease, who pinned Roman Ramirez in 1:05 to win the 285-pound match.

Isaac Aguilar wasn’t much slower with a pin over Jorge Ortega in 1:26 at 126 pounds.

Tyler Berger (145)?and Abraham Rodriguez also won with pins, theirs coming in the second periods of their matches.

One of the night’s closest matches was won by 120-pound Bulldog AJ?Garcia in an 11-9 win over Christian Marques. It was a quality win, said Williams, as Marques had beaten Aguilar last season.

Sammy Colbray went behind early in his 195-pound match but wrestled back for the 4-2 win over Nick Morgan.

Hermiston will be at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Tournament this weekend in Redmond.

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