MILTON-FREEWATER – There may not have been a gift exchange or caroling, but ten regional teams gathered at McLoughlin High School for the Mac-Hi Xmas Tourney on Saturday, December 21.
In a close race for the team title, Southridge finally pulled out the title, amassing 174 points. Second place Riverside finished the tournament with 126 points followed by Kamiaki at 105 points. Irrigon, just one point behind at 104 points, finished fourth and just one-half point behind the Knights, the combined team of Heppner and Ione was fifth at 103.5 points. Host McLoughlin was sixth with 102 points.
Irrigon found points as junior Asher Hall took the title at 113 pounds after a pin over Heppner/Ione sophomore Roen Waite. At 195 pounds, Irrigon senior maintained his perfect season, taking a7-5 decision over Southridge’s Trevor Hoopes in the first place match.
The Riverside Pirates claimed three championships. Wrestling at the 126 pound class, senior Fernando Ortega picked up the pin over Southridge’s Arturo Cardoza in the final match. In the 138-pound division, junior Ethan Snyder took a 3-1 decision over Irrigon’s Jacob Ayala for the win. Jumping to 170 pounds, junior Jose Puerta was crowned champion after pinning River View’s Hunter Davis.
The combined team of Heppner and Ione also found successes as freshman Saul Lopez was the victor in the first place match over College Place junior Kole Stubblefield by pin in the 132-pound class. In the battle for the title at 160 pounds, the match was Mustang versus Mustang, sophomore versus sophomore. In the end, Jace Coe took a 4-3 victory over teammate Conor Brosnan.
Team scores: 1. Southridge, 174. 2. Riverside, 126. 3. Kamiakin, 105. 4. Irrigon, 104. 5. Heppner/Ione, 103.5. 6. McLoughlin, 102. 7. River View, 94. 8. College Place, 72. 9. Echo/Stanfield, 40. 10. Enterprise, 11.Individual results: 106: First place, Eli Sepulveda (Southridge) over Ethan Jones (McLoughlin) by fall, 0:24. 113: First place, Asher Hall (Irrigon) over Roen Waite (Heppner/Ione) by fall, 0:49. 120: First place, Pablo Nicasio (Kamiakin) over Isaac Wood (McLoughlin) in overtime, 20-19. Third place, Brian Collins (Heppner/Ione) over William Harris (Riverside) by fall, 3:09. 126: First place, Fernando Ortega (Riverside) over Arturo Cardoza (Southridge) by fall, 4:22. Third place, Brandon Wood (McLoughlin) due to bye. 132: First place, Sau Lopez (Heppner/Ione) over Kole Stubblefield (College Place) by fall, 1:19. Third place, Aantonio Nicasio (Kamiakin) over Suzanneah Carson (Heppner/Ione) by fall, 0:15. 138: First place, Ethan Snyder (Riverside) over Jacob Ayala (Irrigon) by decision, 3-1. Third place, Zander Zackula (Southridge) over Ethan Piercy (Echo/Stanfield) by fall, 4:32. Fifth place, Roy Humbert (McLoughlin) over Kaden Mott (Kamiakin) by fall, 2:50. 145: Third place, Jonathan Lowe (Southridge) over Aysia Quigg (McLoughlin) by fall, 1:10. Fifth place, Isaiah Lemmon (Echo/Stanfield) due to bye. 152: Third place, Dylan Slover (Kamiakin) over Jacob Harris (Riverside) by fall, 5:33. Fifth place, Hunter Harvey (Enterprise) over Justin Patton (Irrigon) by fall, 1:39. 160: First place, Jace Coe (Heppner/Ione) over Conor Brosnan (Heppner/Ione) by decision, 4-3. Third place, Enrique Cardenas (River View) over Cyrus Piel (Irrigon) by fall, 4:57. Fifth place, Mason Smith (McLoughlin) over Ezra Petross (Southridge) by fall, 3:59. 170: First place, Jose Puerta (Riverside) over Hunter Davis (River View) by fall, 0:15. Third place, Jacob Tobery (Southridge) over Alan Murguia (Irrigon) by fall, 0:36. Fifth place, Zachariah Koekemoer (Irrigon) due to bye. 182: Third place, Teagan Swearingen (Echo/Stanfield) over Hans Miles (River View) by fall, 0:40. 195: First place, Roberto Ayala (Irrigon) over Trevor Hoopes (Southridge) by decision, 7-5. Third place, Bradley Sample (Echo/Stanfield) over Logan Swearingen (Echo/Stanfield) by fall, 1:54. Fifth place, Jesse Hernandez (College Place) over Kaleb Wells (Irrigon) by fall, 0:44. 220: First place, Bryson Ashley (River View) over Tanner Wells (McLoughlin) by fall, 5:29. Third place, Rafael Pereyda (McLoughlin) over Zachary McDonough (Riverside) by fall, 3:12. 285: Jordy Mendoza (Riverside) over Wyatt Reid (Southridge) by decision, 3-2. Fifth place, Tim Standley.
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