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Grapplers turn in best finish of year

Madras wrestling places second at Shamrock Invational in Riddle


The Madras High School wrestling team earned its highest placing of the season Saturday, finishing second at the Shamrock Invitational in Riddle.

The White Buffalos score 130 points to earn the silver, but were well behind the Roseburg junior varsity team’s winning score of 309 points. A second team of Roseburg JVs finished in third, followed by Class 2A programs Oakland and Oakridge.

The tournament is made up of mostly 2A and 3A schools, Madras coach Ron Oliver said, but the competition was good and the Buffs were able to get a confidence boost out of the deal.

“All the guys that traveled wrestled really well,” Oliver said. “We’ve done really well there in the past, and that’s why we go.”

Earning tournament titles for the Buffs were Ian Oppenlander at 106 pounds, Jarred DuPont at 132 pounds and Miguel Sevilla in the heavyweight division.

Trevor Parsons had a nice tournament, placing second at 145 pounds for Madras.

A welcomed addition back to the team was Michael Bauman at 195 points. Bauman suffered a shoulder injury during football season that has kept him out all year until the Shamrock tournament. As soon as Bauman was cleared to compete, Oliver said, he plugged him into the lineup. Bauman finished third at 195 pounds, and Oliver said he looked pretty good for not being on the mat for quite awhile.

“There was a little rust in there, and he’s just trying to get his timing back,” Oliver said of Bauman. “It’s great to have him back, especially when we have enough time to get him ready for districts. He’s still a month behind everyone when it comes to mat time, but he’ll get back into it.”

Colton Goss placed third, and Bryce Vincent placed fourth in their respective weight classes.

With the district tournament five weeks away for the Buffs, Oliver said the team is looking pretty good from a health standpoint.

“Right now, we’re on track and everyone is getting down to the weight they are supposed to be at,” Oliver said. “We already went through some sickness, so that’s behind us and we’re doing pretty good.”

The Buffs will take on Banks in a dual on Thursday, and then will keep traveling northwest to Seaside for the two-day PAC-RIM Armed Forces Tournament at Seaside High School.

Oliver said the tournament field will be loaded with some of the top 4A teams in the state, and it should be a nice preview of what the Buffs could expect at the state meet in late February.

“It’s a tough tournament, for sure,” Oliver said. “We’ll get a chance to see most everyone, and a lot of the teams that will be at the (Oregon Wrestling) Classic will be there as well.”

The OWC is the major tournament in the middle of the season for most schools, and while its dual-meet format doesn’t exactly cater to the strength of the Buffs, Oliver said his guys are going to give it everything they have to make up for the weights they won’t cover.

“It has been tough on us to fill some of the upper weight classes for duals,” Oliver said. “But that’s the team we have, so that’s what we have to work with.”

The OWC is slated for Jan. 17-18 at the Hooker Creek Events Center in the Deschutes County Fair Complex. Madras will compete in the Class 4A division.



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