Observer staff

The Eastern Oregon men’s wrestling team went 2-0 at the Providence Duals in Great Falls, Montana, Friday, edging Dickinson State 25-24 and topping Northwest College 36-15.

In the match against Dickinson, Mhar Caballa (125 pounds) opened with a 19-4 technical fall, and Tyler Miller (141) notched a pin for an 11-3 lead. Jared Brant (149) followed with an 11-9 decision, and Eastern notched two late wins — a Drake Randall (174) pin and a Marco Retano (184) win by a 10-2 major decision.

The teams finished in a 24-24 tie, but EOU gained a bonus point for winning five of the nine contested matches to claim victory.

Against Northwest College, EOU won four contested matches and added three wins by forfeit. Caballa (125) and Brant (149) both registered wins by fall. Blake McNall (133) picked up a 4-2 decision, and Justin Wilson (285) secured a win by a 10-3 decision.

On Saturday, Caballa went 4-0 at 125 to win the title in his weight class at the Battle of the Rockies in Great Falls. Caballa finished the tournament title off with a 5-0 decision over Embry-Riddle’s Joshua Nira in the finals.

Only two other Mountaineers placed at the tournament. McNall came in third place at 133, finishing with a 4-1 record and an 8-3 decision over McKendree’s Charles McNeal in his final match. Retano, meanwhile, was sixth at 184 after getting to the semifinals and posting a 1-3 record.

Ryan Ninman (141), Brant (149) and Jacob Dupuis (165) all went 2-2 for the Mountaineers.

EOU next travels to Warner Pacific on Friday.

Higa’s win paces EOU women

Six members of the Eastern Oregon women’s wrestling team placed in the top four in their respective weight classes at the Battle of the Rockies Saturday, led by a first-place finish from Macy Higa at 130 pounds.

Higa went 3-0 to claim the top spot and finished by winning a thriller for the title, edging Krystin Paquette of the University of Alberta by a slim 12-11 decision.

Alexis Cavero followed in third place at 170, turning in a 3-1 record on the day and reaching the semifinals. She pinned Myranda Velazquez of the University of Jamestown in the third-place match.

Four EOU grapplers placed fourth — Amber Pair (116), Rosa Ramirez (123), Dempsi Talkington (143) and Cassidy Freeman (109). Pair finished with a record of 2-2 on the day. Ramirez and Talkington both turned in a record of 1-2 and reached the semifinals, while Freeman went 1-3.

Krystal Fabricante added a 2-2 effort to take fifth place at 130. Renay Monohan went 1-2 to take seventh place at 155.

The EOU women are back in action Friday at Warner Pacific.

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