UNION — Eighteen local 2A/1A wrestlers are still in the running for a district title after reaching the semifinals Friday at the District 4 tournament in Union.
Both Gabriel Hasbell of Elgin and Garrett Burns of Imbler are into the 113-pound finals. Each had early-round byes, then picked up pins in the quarterfinals to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
Elgin’s Kenny Terry and Union/Cove’s Jaxon Blackburn are in the 126 semifinals, after wins by fall in the quarters, and will square off Saturday for a berth in the district title match.
Elgin’s Joe Lathrop won two matches by fall at 132 to reach the semifinals, while Enterprise’s Trace Evans won his quarterfinal bout by forfeit at 138.
At 145, Carter Blackburn of Union/Cove and both Kennisen Knifong and Zeb Ramsden of Joseph/Wallowa are into the semifinals. Blackburn had a bye and won his quarterfinals by 4-0 decision, Knifong won two matches by fall, and Ramsden had two wins by forfeit. Blackburn and Ramsden will meet in Saturday’s semifinals.
Imbler’s MyKail Foster won by fall in the 152 quarterfinals, as did Elgin’s Clayton Hammond in his quarterfinal match at 170.
Charlie Evans of Enterprise and Joseph/Wallowa’s Ronny Morello both won by fall to advance at 182, with Morello winning in just 16 seconds. Union/Cove’s Damon Nipper earned a pin at 195 to reach the semifinals.
Jonah Staigle of Joseph/Wallowa, Drew Widener of Enterprise and Michael Day of Union/Cove advanced at 220 — Staigle and Widener both picking up byes and Day winning by fall.
Tyler Gray of Enterprise advanced to the 285 semifinals after earning a win by medical forfeit.
The tournament continues Saturday in Union, with the top two wrestlers in each weight class qualifying for the state tournament Feb. 28-29.