Bulldogs travel to Reno for tournament
The Culver Bulldogs wrestling program traveled all the way to Nevada to compete in the Sierra Nevada Classic on Dec. 27-28.
Out of 87 teams that participated in the tournament, Culver was able to place 17th with 93.5 points. There were eight different states that competed.
Rancho Bernardo High School, of San Diego, California, placed first with 208 point, and Springs Creek High School, of Springs Creek, Nevada, placed second with 193 points.
Lorenzo Vasquez and Cylus Hoke were the only placers for the Bulldogs, but several wrestlers were able to score points for Culver.
Brody Piercy (106) won three of his five matches, two of them by pins and one by a 14-3 decision.
Noel Navarro (113) won his first match by a fall in 3:00 and his second match by fall in 1:05. He lost his next two matches and went 2-2 in the tournament.
Three-time state champion and Reser tournament winner Lorenzo Vazquez (120) looked dominant in his matches and was able to make it to the finals.
He beat his first opponent 16-1 in a tech fall victory and pinned his next opponent in 5:07 to reach the quarterfinals.
Vasquez dug down deep for a 4-2 decision victory in his quarterfinals match and won a 7-4 decision in the semifinals match.
Richard Castro-Sandoval, of Santa Ynez Valley High School, had a 21-1 record and faced Vazquez in the 120-pound finals match. Castro-Sandoval was able to beat Vasquez in a 5-1 decision and Vasquez placed second for the Bulldogs.
"Lorenzo has placed second twice and third once and he has only been there three times, so I am sure he is disappointed," head wrestling coach J.D. Alley said. "That still shows the consistency he has had for us over the years."
Anthony Hood (132) won four of his six matches. He was able to win two matches by decision and two matches by fall.
Isaiah Toomey (152) pinned his first two opponents, but lost his next two, going 2-2 in the tournament.
Cylus Hoke (195) won his first two matches by falls and his next match by a 5-1 decision, starting the tournament 3-0. He lost his quarterfinals match in a 5-2 decision, but won his fifth match by a fall at 4:34 and his sixth match in a 7-3 decision.
"We had a good performance out of Cylus," Alley said. "He battled through a knee injury on the first day and battled through pain in his knee and bounced back and was able to get himself in a position to place. It was a good day for those seniors (Cylus Hoke and Lorenzo Vasquez), I would say."
Hoke lost his consolation semifinals match by a sudden victory 3-1 decision and could not wrestle due to injury in his final match. Hoke placed sixth for the Bulldogs.
Eduardo Penaloza (220) won two matches by fall and the Bulldogs scored 93.5 points and placed 17th in the tournament.
Culver will wrestle in the Joseph High School tournament on Jan. 4-5. The tournament will start at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4.
"The tournament has been going for a long time, probably 20, 25 years at least," Alley said. "For the Bulldogs, we have been going off and on since around 2003. We have had around half a dozen finalists in that time, but haven't had a champion yet."
"The first round or so, we had a lot of point production from almost everyone and that really helped our standings," he said. "Everyone contributed and almost everyone scored for us in the tournament, which is always a plus. It gave the younger kids something to hang some hope on."
"The kids were able to get some good team bonding in," said Alley. "Nothing like an eight-hour bus ride to find out if you like your teammates."
Buffs in Willamina
The Madras White Buffalos wrestling program traveled to Willamina to compete in the Bob Bishop Invitational on Dec. 29.
Twelve teams competed at the tournament and the White Buffalos were able to place fifth with 93.5 points. Willamina (221.5), Scio (206), La Pine (192.5), and Yamhill-Carlton (120) all placed above the Buffalos.
Freshman Reece White pinned his quarterfinals opponent in 2:29 to reach the semifinals match. He faced Josiah Nordstrom, of Scio, next and won a 6-5 decision to reach the finals match at 170 pounds.
White was pinned by Trentyn Tennant, of La Pine, in 3:47, placing second for Madras.
Kody Zemke (220) also reached the finals for Madras, but was pinned in 3:22 by Daniel Underwood, of La Pine. Zemke placed second for Madras.
At 138 pounds, Colin Switzler was able to beat Jaime Gracie, of Yamhill-Carlton, in a 9-8 decision to reach the third- and fourth-place match. Switzler was pinned in 1:39 to place fourth for the White Buffalos.
Elijah McCourtney (145) also placed fourth for the Buffs. He was able to pin David Scott Pacheco, of La Pine, in 1:23, but was pinned by Kyle Hanner, of Toledo, in 1:22, placing fourth.
At 152 pounds, Leander Smith placed fourth for the Buffs. He pinned fellow teammate Conner Comingore in 1:48 to reach the third- and fourth-place match. He lost to Cory Greenlaw (Willamina) in a 13-11 decision.
Madras will wrestle at Mountain View High School on Jan. 3. The meet will begin at 5 p.m.