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The Joseph/Wallowa wrestling team rode five top-four finishes to take third at its home tournament, the Jo-Hi Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

Austin Brockamp (170 pounds) led the way by claiming the top spot with a 3-0 record, finishing the tournament with a win by fall over Pine Eagle’s Brandon Roe.

Steven Beckman (120) reached the final and went 2-1, but lost the title match by fall to Culver’s Noel Navarro.

Jonah Staigle (195) went 2-1, with his only loss coming in the semifinals, to take third. Michael Diggins (220) also placed third with a 1-1 record.

Gus Ramsden (160) posted a 3-2 record to take fourth, with all three of his wins coming by fall. Zeb Ramsden (138) took fifth with a record of 4-2.

Seventh-place Enterprise had four top-three finishes, with Trace Evans (138) leading the way by taking first in his bracket with a 4-0 record. Evans defeated Union/Cove’s Jaxon Blackburn by an 18-3 technical fall in the title match.

Shane Lund (132) also reached the title match and finished 3-1, falling in the championship to Culver’s Anthony Hood by pin. Drew Widener (220) was the third Outlaw to reach the final, going 1-1. He pinned Imbler’s Zach Brown in the semis, but was then pinned by Culver’s Eduardo Penaloza in the championship match.

Klint Norton (285) finished in third with a record of 3-1.

Tenth-place Imbler picked up a second-place finish from Logan Butcher (145). Butcher went 2-1, including a pin of Crane’s Rixon Doman in the semifinals, but was pinned in the final by Grant Union’s Damion Young.

Garrett Burns (113) went 1-2 to take fourth at his weight.

Jaxon Blackburn (138) led 13th-place Union/Cove by reaching the finals before losing to Enterprise’s Trace Evans. Blackburn finished 3-1, including a win by 4-2 decision over Zeb Ramsden in the semifinals.

Elgin, which took 14th, had just one wrestler win multiple matches with
Austin Greenlee going 2-2 at 138 pounds.

Enterprise, Elgin, Union/Cove and Joseph/Wallowa all head to the Orofino Invitational Friday in Orofino, Idaho, while Imbler’s next varsity match is TBD.

Tigers take 16th at Rollie Lane

The La Grande Tigers wrestling team had three wrestlers place in the top six on its way to a 16th-place finish at the Rollie Lane Invitational Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.

Grayson Livingston (170 pounds) reached the championship match and took second to lead the way for the Tigers. He went 4-1 on the day and made it to the title match with a 4-2 decision over Tazyn Twiss of Minico, Idaho, but lost in the final to Zack Stratton of Central Valley, Washington, by an 11-6 decision.

Parker Robinson (160) went 5-2 on the day to place fifth. He won his first four matches to reach the semifinals, then lost two in a row before defeating Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Mitchell Moffat by fall in the fifth-place match.

Chris Woodworth (195) was the final placer, finishing sixth at 4-3. Woodworth reached the quarterfinals, then after a loss reached the consolation semifinals before an injury forced him out of that match and the fifth-place match.

Several other Tigers, though they didn’t place, went deep in the tournament. Ezra McIntosh (120) recovered from an early loss to finish 6-2. Braden Carson (126) and Gabe Shukle (285) both turned in a 4-2 record. And Alex Kehr (132), Hayden Shafer (152) and Spencer Gerst (220) each went 2-2.

In the girls bracket Bella Guzlow (106) placed fourth with a 2-2 record, with both wins coming by fall.

The Tigers next host Parma, Idaho, Friday at Quinn Coliseum.

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