Grizzlies, Bulldogs collide and shine in Pendleton
The McMinnville wrestling team finished second and the Willamina wrestling team finished eighth at the Freeberry Wrestling Tournament, held Saturday at Pendleton High School.
The Grizzlies had three weight-class champions and three runners-up in accruing 238 points, second only to event host Pendleton (297). Culver (195 points), Weiser (Idaho) (191) and Walla Walla (Wash.) (152.5) rounded out the top five.
“We had a great tournament at Pendleton,” Mac coach Shawn Keinonen wrote in an email. “Everybody won matches. We wrestled hard.”
The Bulldogs scored 105 points with a 10-person squad, just behind Burns’ 126 points.
“Those who made the trip had some great matches and tough competition,” Willamina coach Ariah Fasana wrote in an email.
The 132- and 138-pound weight class finals were both local affairs.
McMinnville’s Dalton Donaldson bested Willamina’s Michael Reyes at 132 pounds, winning the final in an 11-4 decision. Coty Brown of the Bulldogs defeated Manny Humlie of the Grizzlies in a 6-5 decision at 138 pounds.
“Coty really pushed the pace in his matches this weekend and looked really sharp,” Fasana wrote.
J.T. Barnes of McMinnville pinned four opponents en route to the championship at 152 pounds. Grizzlies sophomore Bobby Crowston won the 145-pound final in a major decision.
Aspen Nelson (113 pounds) and Brian Barnes (195 pounds) each posted runner-up finishes for McMinnville, while Alvaro Flores (113 pounds), Josh Blanchard (170 pounds) and Jake Potter (220 pounds) each earned fourth-place finishes.
Tyler Heidt finished fourth at 182 pounds for the Bulldogs, and Austin Howard took fifth place at 160 pounds.
Willamina hosts the 19-team Bob Bishop Invitational on Saturday, with matches beginning at 10 a.m. McMinnville travels to Salem for a dual meet against Sprague on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
Dayton’s Micah Cisneros took sixth place at 145 pounds at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno, Nev., the only member of the Pirates to place at the 82-team tournament.
Cisneros, the reigning Class 3A state champion at 138 pounds, went 5-3 in the 145-pound bracket, his first loss coming in the championship quarterfinals. As a team, the Pirates finished 31st.
“Micah is definitely at the level of the better kids on the west coast and he wrestled well,” Dayton coach Rob Henry wrote in an email. “Some of our other kids lost matches in which they probably should be more competitive. Part of it was the travel. Part of it was not fully believing that they could compete at this level. We feel like the performance of some of their teammates show them that they are completely capable of competing with the best kids on the west coast.”
Henry was complimentary of the wrestling of Tyler Clark (170 pounds) and Andres Gonzalez (220 pounds). Clark went 3-2 at the Classic, with two victories by fall; Gonzalez went 5-4.
Pirates freshman Jared Henry went 5-3 at 138 pounds, winning two matches in the championship bracket. Jarred Montgomery finished 3-2 at 182 pounds.
Dayton will participate in the Bob Bishop Invitational at Willamina High School on Saturday.