Bulldogs run through Jo-hi tournament
The Culver wrestling team absolutely dominated the Jo-Hi tournament at Joseph High School Jan. 4-5. The Bulldogs scored a total of 301.5 points to place first and the closest team to them was Santiam Christian with 127 points.
Joseph (119.5), Grant Union (111), Heppner (109.5), Enterprise (100.5), Neah-Kah-Nie (79), Crane (74), Imbler (72), Adrian (41.5), Echo (36), Union (34), and Elgin (7) were also at the Jo-Hi tournament.
The Bulldogs went nine-for-nine in finals matches during the tournament, with all the wins by fall.
At 106 pounds, Brody Piercy was able to defeat Ethan Moore, of Grant Union, in a 10-3 decision to reach the finals.
He pinned his Pine Eagle opponent, Coy Butner, in 3:57 to place first for the Bulldogs.
It only took 45 seconds for Jordan Piercy (113) to pin his quarterfinals opponent, Kaden Johnson, of Crane.
He won a 7-5 decision in his semifinals match over Chase Butner, of Pine Eagle, to reach the finals match. Piercy was able to pin John Otley, of Crane, in 4:40, claiming gold at Joseph.
Noel Navarro (120) was the next Bulldog to reach the top podium for Culver. He beat Austin Bradford, of Santiam Christian, in a 4-minute fall.
In his semifinals match, he won a 7-4 decision over Trevor Antonucci, of Heppner, to reach the finals. Navarro pinned Steven Beckman, of Joseph, in 3:17 and was the third Bulldog to place first.
At 126 pounds, Lorenzo Vasquez (22-1) ran through everyone that came his way. It took less than two minutes to pin is first two opponents to reach the finals match.
The finals match was no different for Vasquez. He pinned Logan Beam, of Santiam Christian, in 1:29, claiming gold.
Anthony Hood (132) was the next Culver wrestler to place first for the Bulldogs, pinning all of his adversaries to reach the finals.
He pinned Shane Lund, of Enterprise, in four minutes, placing first for Culver.
At 160 pounds, Isaiah Toomey pinned his quarterfinals opponent in 1:03 to reach the semifinals match. He was able to win a 6-2 decision over Gus Ramsden, of Joseph, to have a chance to finish as the top 160 pound wrestler in the tournament.
It took three minutes for Toomet to pin Jace Coe, of Heppner, to place first.
Joe Russo (182) only needed 31 seconds to pin his first adversary of the tournament. He won a 14-5 major decision against Charles Cason, of Heppner, to reach the championship match.
Russo pinned Jett Johnson, of Neah-Kah-Nie, in 3:13 to claim gold for the Bulldogs.
At 195 pounds, Cylus Hoke (19-3) pinned his semifinals opponent Jacob Wallace, of Heppner, in 2:56. In the finals match, he was able to pin Travis Bennett, of Neah-Kah-Nie, in 5:03.
Eduardo Penaloza (220) pinned Michael Diggins, of Joseph, in 2:52 to reach the championship match.
It took Penaloza less than two minutes to pin Drew Widdener, of Enterprise, in his finals match to be the ninth Bulldog to place first.
The Culver Bulldogs wrestle at the Oregon Classic at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, in Redmond Jan. 18-19.