TIGERS PREPARE FOR DISTRICT
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
The district tournament in Baker City Friday is what it is all about for the La Grande wrestlers.
Five Tigers placed in the top six at district in their respective weight classes last year. Dino May, a 140-pounder, qualified for state as a freshman.
La Grande coach Matt Wolcott said wrestlers who do well in league do not necessarily do well at district. He added some wrestlers will move around weight classes, so it is hard to predict what will happen.
He said all the Tigers have a chance to do well.
"I think a lot of them have a chance on placing in the top three at district if they have a good tournament," he said.
The top three finishers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament. Senior Chris Tinnin (160) was undefeated in league. Tinnin was No. 5 in the Jan. 20 Monektree and Hutch rankings.
Sophomore Sean Crow (189), who placed fifth at district last year, had a 3-1 league record.
Sophomore Kenrik Neustel (215) was 5-1 in league.
May and sophomore Michael Godfrey (152) were 4-2 in league. Godfrey was fourth at district last year.
May is No. 5 in the Feb. 3 Bettis rankings.
Senior Dennis O'Reilly (171) was fourth at district and Jeremy Blakely was sixth.
Wolcott said it is anybody's guess how all the wrestlers will fare, especially in close matches.
The tournament will be tough with two-time defending state champion Burns in attendance.
"(But), we're ready for district and looking forward to it," Wolcott said.
The tournament starts at 3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday in Baker City.