THE DALLES - Another wrestling season started Wednesday night for Hermiston, but it was a continuation of an unbeaten regular season.
Hermiston won 13 matches in a 61-9 dual meet rout of The Dalles-Wahtonka to begin Intermountain Conference competition. The Bulldogs improved their overall duals record to 13-0, going into this weekend's Oregon Classic in Redmond.
"It's good to get a win," Hermiston coach Curt Berger said. "We had good wins out of Kyle (Saucillo) at 135 pounds and Ethan (Parks), who looked good at 145."
Saucillo won a close one, 11-9, over Spud Simer, and Parks blanked Chris Brace 5-0.
Hermiston enjoyed a great start to the night with a 58-0 victory in the junior varsity contest.
In the varsity battles, Garrett Later (215), Troy Kessell (189), Kevin Verwey (171), A.J. Almaguer (140), and Cody Britt each won by fall. Later had the fastest victory, pinning Jordan Loftin in 78 seconds.
At 103, Ben Jorgensen scored a 6-0 win over Alex Devlaeminck.
For The Dalles-Wahtonka, Quin Simer (125) and Demetri Enesi (285) had wins over Dylan Olsen and Josh Barraza, respectively.
Next for the Bulldogs is a tournament in which they finished second to eventual state champion Crater. Hermiston and Crater are in the same draw this year, Berger said, "but we're the team to beat."
"We're going with the expectation to win the thing," he added.
State champion Brent Parks and Randy Larson did not wrestle Wednesday, as Berger was switching up the lineup to give some more wrestlers an opportunity.
"We'll do that the rest of the year," he said about making switches.