Rohan wins title at Tri-State

Written by Observer staff December 24, 2013 10:45 am

La Grande takes second in partial team class with eight wrestlers at Tri-State tourney

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho —  The La Grande wrestling team had a strong showing with a partial team at the Tri-State Wrestling Tournament in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Saturday.

With teams from Idaho, Washington and Oregon in attendance, the Tigers finished second in the partial school field with 79 points. Orting took first in the division with 88.5 points.

Junior Cole Rohan built off his strong performance at the Muilenburg Tournament last weekend, taking home a championship at 106 pounds. Rohan won four of his matches by pinfall after an opening round bye. 

He defeated Cooper McCullough of Moses Lake, Wash., by fall a 1 minute, 17 seconds into the final round of the championship match. 

Caleb Woodworth grabbed a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds. Woodworth advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Seth McLeod of Post Falls, Idaho, by major decision 9-1. He bounced back to win three more matches to make it to the third-place final. Woodworth lost by fall in the first round to Tanner Fischer of Oregon City.

“It’s a really tough tournament,” La Grande head coach Klel Carson said. “You have mutilple state winners in each bracket. That’s why we love coming over here. Cole, was a amazing. He is wrestling so well right now. It’s great to see his hard work paying off. Caleb kind of turned the corner. I think he’s realizing how good he can be.”

Carson said the Ryan Middleton had the upset of the tournament at 138 pounds. Middleton recorded a win by fall 44 seconds into the first round against Bryan Wais of North Central. The senior lost his next two matches. 

Seth DeVinney grabbed an 8th-place finish with by going 4-3 at the tournament. Tyler Isaacson and Jared Niess each picked up one win.Grande head coach Klel Carson said. “You have mutilple state winners in each bracket. That’s why we love coming over here. Cole was amazing. He is wrestling so well right now. It’s great to see his hard work paying off. Caleb kind of turned the corner. I think he’s realizing how good he can be.”

Carson said Ryan Middleton had the upset of the tournament at 138 pounds. Middleton recorded a win by fall 44 seconds into the first round against weight division favorite Bryan Wais of North Central. Middleton lost his next two matches. 

Seth DeVinney grabbed an eighth-place finish with by going 4-3 at the tournament. 

Tyler Isaacson and Jared Niess each picked up one win.