ELGIN/IMBLER SECOND AT JO-HI TOURNEY
At the Joseph High School wrestling invitational Elgin/Imbler narrowly defeated host Joseph, 154 points to 153 1/2 points, for second place.
Culver was the overall team champion Thursday with 233 points, boasting six champions and placing twelve wrestlers in the finals.
Joseph was buoyed by the performance of tournament champions Lance Strickland at 160 pounds and Clayton Lowe at 215 pounds.
Lowe finished 3rd at 2A/1A state last season at 215 pounds, and Strickland is 12-0 after sitting out the first half of the season due to disciplinary reasons.
"My kids wrestled really good," Joseph head coach Matt McDowell said. "Clayton is really on track and Lance is back and wrestling well and I think he'll do well at state."
Elgin/Imbler's Justin Sanders (125 pounds) and Jeff Smith (189 pounds) won tournament titles as the combined squad placed five wrestlers in the finals.
"These kind of tournaments are good for us," Elgin/Imbler head coach Rocky Burgess said. "The kids are excited when they see a team like Culver show up. They want to wrestle quality opponents so when they do get to state they'll be ready."
In Sanders' championship match he defeated Culver senior James Moyses, last year's 2A/1A state runner up at 112 pounds, 3-1.
"That was the match of the night, the one everyone was waiting for," Burgess said. "It was a real barn burner."
Andy Wallace was the lone champion from Enterprise, defeating Joseph's Thane Shetler in the 145 pound finals.
1. Culver 233, 2. Elgin/Imbler 154, 3. Joseph 153.5, 4. Pine Eagle 128, 5. Wallowa 91, 6. Sherman-Condon 73, 7. Enterprise 26, 8. Powder Valley 9.
103 Williams, Culver, pinned Nelson, Culver. 112 Thompson, Culver, pinned Huffman, E/I. 119 Baltazar, Culver, pinned Nelson, Culver. 125 Sanders, E/I, def. Moyses, Culver. 130 Kennedy, Pine Eagle, def. Kenyon, Culver. 135 Kinley, Culver, maj. dec. Anthony, E/I. 140 Roberts, Culver, maj. dec. Mathis, SC. 145 Wallace, Enterprise, def. Shetler, Joseph. 152 LIndsay, Pine Eagle, def. Brabham, Culver. 160 Strickland, Joseph, pinned Thompson, E/I. 171 Brown, SC, maj. dec. Millhouse, Pine Eagle. 189 Smith, E/I, pinned Harding, Joseph. 215 Lowe, Joseph, pinned Brunke, Culver. 275 Fisher, Culver, pinned Garnett, Joseph.