MAY, WITTY WIN TITLES

January 17, 2005 12:00 am

Joe Sova

Sports Editor

Dino May and Kyle Witty captured individual championships, leading La Grande to third place at the Battle At the Border wrestling tournament Saturday in Ontario.

Emmett (Idaho) took the team title with 233 points, finishing 10 ahead of second place Ontario. La Grande had 135, followed by Timberline (Idaho) with 134.5, Vale 118, Weiser (Idaho) 117,

Dusty Bell of La Grande was runnerup to May at 152 pounds. Michael Godfrey finished second. D.J. May and Jeremy Blakely were third, and Chase Shirley and Patrick Hash were fourth. The top three in each weight class received medals.

"They wrestled pretty maturely," La Grande head coach Matt Wolcott said. "You could tell they made improvements."

Dino May won a 10-2 major decision over Toby Smith of Ontario in the semifinals, while Bell pinned Joe Dickerson of Weiser in 1:25 to reach the finals. In the championship, May pinned Bell with three seconds left in the second period.

Witty stuck Luke Cline of Emmett to the mat in 4:33 to win the 189-pound title. In the semifinals, Witty pinned J.T. Cole of Timberline at 3:54.

Godfrey (171 pounds) won by fall over Timberline's Jake Dawley in 5:35 in the semis, but lost to Jake Copeland of Emmett by fall in 4:35 in the finals.

D.J. May (125) lost in the semis to Ian Morcom of Vale 14-7. In the match for third place, May pinned Victor Garcia of Emmett in 4:37.

Blakely (160) earned an 8-1 decision over Timberline's Matt Murphy to grab third place. The Tiger lost a 15-7 major decision to Jacob Scarborough of Weiser in the semis.

Shirley (130) was pinned by Brandon Galbraith of Emmett in :47 in the match for third and fourth. To get to the medal match, Shirley beat Josh Messick of Weiser.

Hash (189) lost by fall to Cole in the match for third and fourth after earning a 3-1 decision over Emmett's David Summers in the consolation semifinals.

La Grande's next action is Saturday at the Parma (Idaho) Invitational. Wrestling begins at 8:30 a.m.