THE BEST FOR LAST
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
With the way things have been going for Adam Kleck lately, it was only fitting that the outcome of
La Grandes dual wrestling match Friday would come down to the Tiger senior.
Kleck, ranked third in the Class 3A division at 160 pounds, was pitted against 16th-ranked Jonah Salvino of Grant Union.
The 3-1 decision went to Kleck and the Tigers escaped with a 39-36 Greater Oregon League win, improving to 1-1 in division duals.
I knew I could beat him, Kleck said. Im on a roll right now. I knew what he was going to do.
In the opening period, Kleck was the aggressor, shooting four times and eventually getting a takedown with 18 seconds left on his fourth try.
Salvino, who wrestled down from his normal 171-pound position, gained a point on an escape with 30 seconds left in the second period.
The third round started with Kleck receiving two cautions from the down position after trying to get up before the whistle. Finally, with 40 seconds remaining in the match, Kleck escaped Salvinos grip for his third point.
The match featured five stops four for bloody noses and one for Kleck when he twisted his left knee.
That was one of the toughest matches Ive seen all season,
La Grande coach Miles Hancock said. Adam used a lot of good intelligence.
Hancock also credited the wrestling of Travis Carson and Jacob Cox. Carson pinned Cody Boyer in 3 minutes, 11 seconds, and Cox pinned Sam Stinnett in 3:38.
The dual featured eight forfeits, including a double forfeit at 103 pounds.
La Grande hosts Vale next Friday in another GOL dual meet.
La Grande 39, Grant Union 36
103 Double forfeit.
112 Josh Arnall, GU, wins by forfeit.
119 Austin Zander, LG, wins by forfeit.
125 Levi Hug, LG, wins by forfeit.
130 Dustin Heidemann, GU, wins by forfeit.
135 Sterling Horn, GU, wins by forfeit.
140 Nick Stiner, GU, pinned Shawn Hescock, LG, 3:40.
145 Justin Cernazanu, GU, pinned Tony Shaw, LG, 3:28.
152 Travis Carson, LG, pinned Cody Boyer, GU, 3:11.
160 Adam Kleck, LG, dec. Jonah Salvino, GU, 3-1.
171 Elijah Stinnett, GU, pinned Cheney Parker, LG, 4:37.
189 Jacob Cox, LG, pinned Sam Stinnett, GU, 3:28.
215 Jacob Simonis, LG, wins by forfeit.
275 Dellan Kodep, LG, wins by forfeit.
112 Josh Arnall, GU, pinned Jake Moncrief, LG, 3:41.
125 Levi Hug, LG , pinned Dustin Heidemann, GU, 4:45.
135 Sterling Horn, GU, maj. dec. Tony Lambert, LG, 18-5.