Madras wrestling top three at Willamina
The Madras wrestling team traveled to Willamina to compete in the Bob Bishop Invitational Dec. 28 and the Buffalos placed third with 136 points.
La Pine claimed gold at the tournament, scoring 237.5, and Willamina placed second with 139 points, just above Madras. A total of 15 small-school programs wrestled at the Bob Bishop Invitational.
Sophomore Reece White was the lone Buffalo to place first as an individual. White won his first two matches by fall and his semifinals match by a 7-4 decision over Hunter Lewis, of Toledo.
White faced Dylan Hendrickson, of Willamina, in the 170-pound championship match. White only needed 1 minute and 22 seconds to pin Hendrickson, placing first for Madras.
At heavyweight, the Buffs had David Sumner place second and Chris Gandy place third. Sumner won his first three matches by fall to reach the finals. Jonathon Lommen, of Neah-Kah-Nie, beat Sumner by fall in 29 seconds.
Gandy went 1-1 before beating Bane Brown, of Taft, in 1:30 by fall to reach the third-place match. Gandy met La Pine's Kadin Yeagar, and was able to pin him in 1:55 to claim bronze.
Colin Switzler went 2-0 at the tournament to reach the finals at 145 pounds. In the title match, Switzler was pinned in the last 22 seconds by Hunter McIrvin, of Central Linn, to place second for Madras.
At 220 pounds, Kody Zemke went 2-2 at the tournament, placing fourth for the Buffs. Dalton Kiefer (138) was able to win three out of five matches to also take fourth for Madras, and Brady David (152) won four of six matches, placing sixth.
Conner Comingore (152) went 2-2 at the tournament and Orlando Torres went 2-3. Jesus Alonzo (120), Clay Isham (145), Leander Smith (160), and Josh Olney all recorded one victory, while Ayden Holcomb (145), Isaias Abianeda (195), and Shane Beymer (220) all went 0-2.
The White Buffalos host a triple dual against 6A Bend and Mountain View Friday, Jan. 3. They also host a dual against Hood River Tuesday, Jan. 7.
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