LHS goes over the hill to raid Pendleton
La Grande dominates Buckaroos in mid-week dual by winning the tough matches
The La Grande Tigers wrestling team won its first single-team dual of the season in Pendleton Thursday night.
The Tigers defeated Pendleton 42-18, in what head coach Klel Carson said was a fun match.
“Pendleton is a tough team,” Carson said. “This was a good test for all of our guys, and it was fun to watch. We won all the close matches against them. That’s what made the difference. We had some wins by fall, but it was the close decisions that got us the win.”
Corey Issacson got the dual started off right, with a win at 106 pounds by fall. La Grande won three of the first four matches by fall, with Taren Hardwick and Jared Neisse picking up the other two wins.
Seth DeVinney was the first wrestler to pick up a close win, defeating Ryan Skeen 1-0.
In total, five matches were won by three points or less.
At 160 pounds, Jake Girrard defeated Larme Boston 5-2. Preston Armstrong won his match, 6-3, over Terrell Platt at 170 pounds.
Carson was more than ecstatic about Caleb Woodworth’s win at 182 pounds, a 4-3 win against Pyper McCallum.
“Pyper wrestled for us before moving over to Pendleton,” Carson said.
“He was a Class 5A state placer last season. For Caleb to pick up that win was huge for the team, and for Caleb.”
Micah Fuller defeated Joey Bliss at 220 pounds, 9-7.
“Pendleton is a top-5 team,” Carson said. “This is how you want to start the dual season. It’s going to help motivate everyone to work that much more.”
Ryan Middleton and Tyler Issacson picked up the other wins for the Tigers.
La Grande is scheduled to compete at the Skyview Duals at 8 a.m. Saturday, depending on the safety of travel.