Boosted by five individual champions and three runner-ups, the La Grande wrestling team scored 191 points to claim the team title at the Ranger Classic Saturday in Estacada.
Sandy, last year’s fifth-place finisher in the Class 5A state tournament, was second with 179 points.
Ezra McIntosh started the championship parade for LHS with a 4-1 decision over Washougal, Washington’s Tanner Klopman at 120 pounds. Alex Kehr edged out teammate Casey McCall by a 10-7 decision for the title at 126. Parker Robinson earned the team’s third title at 160, finishing with a 5-0 decision over Washougal’s Tanner Lees. Nathan Reed topped Scappoose’s Jack Eggers by decision, 9-6, at 170, and Elijah Livingston earned a 6-0 decision over Sandy’s Max Topliff in the 182-pound title match.
In addition to McCall, La Grande saw three other wrestlers take second: Braxton Bisenius, who went 1-1 at 113, Christopher Woodworth, who was 2-1 at 195, and Spencer Gerst, who went 2-1 at 220 and dropped a tight 2-1 double overtime match against McLoughlin’s Spencer Wells.
Outlaws roll at home
Enterprise, boosted by individual titles from four of its wrestlers, began the 2017-18 season with a victory in its home-opening tournament, the Enterprise Kick Off, Friday.
The Outlaws scored 84 points to edge Echo/Stanfield, which scored 72 points for second. Joseph/Wallowa took third with 67 points. Union/Cove (61 points) was fifth, Elgin (45 points) came in eighth and Imbler (eight points) came in 10th.
Shane Lund was a perfect 4-0 for the Outlaws at 120 pounds in the round robin-style format, and earned three pins on the day.
Cole Farwell (132) also went a spotless 4-0, and the defending state champion earned all his victories by fall.
Dylan Staigle went 3-0 at 145, also winning all three matches by fall.
Klint Norton also took the 285-pound weight class, pinning his only competitor in the second round.
Trace Evans came in second for the Outlaws at 132.
Third-place Joseph/Wallowa picked up individual titles from Steven Beckman at 113, Gus Ramsden at 160 and Austin Brockamp at 170. Beckman, a defending state champion, pinned his three opponents.
Ramsden topped both his opponents by fall to finish 2-0 on the day, and Brockamp had two pins on his way to a 3-0 performance. Guylen Snyder, meanwhile, came in second at 152.
Union/Cove’s Jaxon Blackburn won the 126-pound division, going 3-0 with a trio of pins. Teammate Daniel Devore also went 3-0 to claim the 138-pound class. Carter Blackburn took second at 138, finishing 2-1. Gabe Hurt also went 2-1, and took second at the 120-pound ‘A’ division.
Hunter McConnell led Elgin with a victory in the 132A class, going 3-0 with two pins.
The Huskies also earned two second-place finishes from Jordan Volle, who went 2-1 in the 170A division, and Clayton Hammond, who was 3-1 at 195.
Zach Brown paced Imbler by taking second at 1-1 in the 220A division.
Enterprise was also in action at the Dick Griswold Memorial Invitational Saturday in Potlatch, Idaho, and finished 10th with 69 points.
Lund and Farwell again went undefeated on their way to tournament titles. Lund pinned all three of his opponents at 120, including Kellogg, Idaho’s, Taylor Bush in the finals. Farwell went 3-0 and met Evans, his Enterprise teammate, in the finals, and topped him via fall for his third pin of the day. Evans finished 3-1 to take second.