Culver dominates Bend
The Culver Bulldogs wrestling team hosted the 6A Bend Lava Bears on Dec. 14 and were able to out-wrestle the Lava Bears 63-12.
Brody Piercy (106) was able to pin Austin Montez, of Bend in five minutes and 51 seconds for Culver. His brother, Jordan Piercy (113), only needed 52 seconds to pin his Lava Bear adversary.
Noel Navarro (120) was able to fight for every point and come away with a 3-2 decision over Bend's Davey Smith.
Johan Jaimes was able to win his match for the Bulldogs at 126 pounds. He pinned Lucas Dairy in a little over a minute.
Lorenzo Vasquez pinned his Bend opponent at the six-minute mark and Anthony Hood (138) won a 8-5 decision in the last 45 seconds of his match. Hood was down 4-5, before being able to score a reversal during the last seconds of the match.
Wyatt Corwin (145) and Hunter Augustynovich (152) were both able to get victories for Culver, Corwin by a pin at 5:46 and Augustynovich a 7-2 decision.
Hunter Tichero (170) pinned Christopher Cardenas of Bend in 3:02 and Culver's Joe Russo (182) pinned his opponent in 42 seconds.
Cylus Hoke (195) dug down deep and scored a last-second pin over Payton Davis of Bend. The match was extremely close and intense the entire way until Hoke finished the match in the last second.
"It was definitely more important than ever," Hoke said about the importance of working hard for an entire match. "I did not have a water polo season, which gets you in great shape. So now, it is important to build my gas tank so it is ready for the bigger tournaments."
"I am not exactly the perfect build to go out there and throw kids around, but I do my best, I guess," Hoke said. "I just stay calm, wrestle my match and that is all I can do. I can't control what he (his opponent) is doing or what the ref does, but I can control how I perform. Keep wrestling the way I know how and how I have been taught for years and hopefully get the win. It is not always going to go your way, so you just have to believe in yourself and keep wrestling."
"I have definitely rearranged some of my goals and a state championship is not my only goal," he said. "I am looking for some Reser (tournament) titles and things like that."
"We're doing good and we are fresh," said Hoke about the team. "We lost two seniors that were state champions last year, so we need to fill those shoes and I think there's some kids who show potential to do that."
The Culver wrestling program traveled to Harrisburg for a dual meet on Dec. 13 and was able to edge out the 3A Harrisburg Eagles 42-33.
At 106 pounds, Brody Piercy was able to pin his Harrisburg opponent, Russell Talmadge, in 2:38. Culver won the next three weight classes (113, 120, 126) by forfeit.
Vasquez was able to win at 132 pounds by decision. He beat Chance Hendrickson, of Harrisburg, 10-4. At 138 pounds, Riley Suttles (Harrisburg) was able to defeat Culver's Hood in an 8-2 decision.
Brynden Bevins (145) and Rouillard (152), of Harrisburg, were both able to pin their Culver opponents. Isaiah Toomey (Culver) only needed 42 seconds to pin his 160 Harrisburg adversary.
Chandler Strauss (170) and Dax Bennett (182), of Harrisburg, were both able to pin their Bulldog rivals.
The 195 match was won by Harrisburg due to a forfeit. Cylus Hoke (220) was able to out-wrestle Leithan Briggs (Harrisburg) for a 6-4 decision victory and the 285 pound match was won by Culver in a forfeit.
The Madras wrestling team traveled to a three-way dual meet in North Marion on Dec. 11. They faced off against North Marion and Corbett.
Victor Torres and Reece White were both able to pin their opponents for the Madras White Buffalos.