Wrestling: PHS, HHS pound out wins over Summit

Pendleton's Chris Fitzpatrick grapples Summitt's Egor Mosichenko during Saturdays match held at Pendleton High School.<BR><I>Staff Photo by Brenna E. Chapman</i>

PENDLETON - The Summit Storm had plenty to think about, or try to forget, on their way back to Bend from Pendleton Saturday.

They opened the day with a dual loss to Hermiston 67-6, then faced Pendleton on the day they celebrated their seniors and got shut out 82-0. Both duals were on Pendleton's Warberg Court.

Hermiston went with a lineup scattered with reserves to finish out an undefeated Intermountain Conference season while Pendleton wrestled nine seniors that ranged from varsity stalwart to first-year competitor and nearly posted a perfect score with just one match not brining in the full six team points.

The Bucks also saw some wrestlers return to the weights they will wrestle at in Districts, with Michael Savage dropping to 135, Bryan Corona to 160 and Jared Standley to 171.

"I've got to give lots of seniors credit," Pendleton coach Fred Phillips said. "They've been wrestling up a weight all season long so they could give us the best lineup to be a strong dual team. They didn't complain about it all year."

Phillips said although it wasn't a competitive dual, with the Bucks recording seven pins in the first minute, it was fun to see all of his seniors experience some IMC success.

For Hermiston, the dual capped a ravaging of the Intermountain Conference that has them penciled in to win state again this year.

The Dawgs won seven matches by pinfall and took their only losses in tight decisions with Summit's Eric Thompson beating Dalton Massey 3-2 and Ethan Hawes taking David Liebe 7-4.

The IMC District Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at The Dalles Wahtonka High.

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