REDMOND — Amber Pair and Erin Redford each won individual titles Saturday as the Eastern Oregon University women’s wrestling team finished fourth at the Oregon Classic Women’s College Tournament in Redmond.

Pair, wrestling in a round-robin format at 116 pounds, won all three of her matches, including two by fall, over Grays Harbor’s Cynthia Diaz and Providence’s Alina Kinsey. 

Redford won three matches at 143 and in the final earned an 18-12 decision over Adriana Orozco of Southwest Oregon Community College. 

EOU picked up two second-place finishes as well, as Morgan Shines posted a 2-1 record at 136 and Dempsi Talkington went 3-1 at 155. Talkington pinned three opponents on the way to the final.

Taking third was Cassidy Freeman, who finished 1-2 at 116, and Krystal Fabricante, who was 2-1 at 130.

On Friday, the Mountaineers earned a 33-17 victory over Grays Harbor in a dual in Redmond, winning all six contested matches. 

Three of the matches were won by fall, with Shines, Redford (155) and each securing pins for Eastern Oregon. Freeman, Pair (123) and Fabricante all added victories by technical fall.

Eastern is back on the mat Friday at Southern Oregon.

EOU men place 18th at Missouri Valley

Keegan Mulhill finished in sixth place individually Friday and Saturday to lead the Eastern Oregon University men’s wrestling team to an 18th-place finish at the Missouri Valley Invitational in Marshall, Missouri.

Mulhill, who went 5-3 on the day at 174 pounds, was one of three Mountaineer wrestlers to reach the quarterfinals. He won his third-round match by disqualification over Indiana Tech’s Kolby Ferris, but dropped a 2-0 decision in the quarterfinals to Embry-Riddle’s Daniel Butler. Mulhill responded to the loss with two wins by fall in a combined 2:37 before dropping his final two matches, including the fifth-place match by medical forfeit.

Blake McNall (141) also won his first three matches to reach the quarterfinals, including earning a 10-2 major decision over Benedictine College’s Kyle Smart. But McNall dropped his next two matches, which knocked him out of contention to place.

Marco Retano (184), like McNall, won his first three but then lost two in a row. Retano scored a 16-3 major decision over Ottawa’s Xavier Schecter to reach the quarterfinals before dropping two in a row.

Josh Pine (165) and Noel Orozco (285) were the other two Mountaineers to finish with winning records in the tournament, both going 3-2.

EOU is back in action Saturday when it faces Warner Pacific and Embry-Riddle in Forest Grove.

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