Bulldogs win Jo-Hi tourney with ease
The Culver Bulldogs showed their dominance once again, placing first at the Joseph Hi Tournament. Culver had six wrestlers place first at the tournament Jan. 3-4.
Culver scored 264 points as a team. The next closest was Santiam Christian with 127 points to place second.
Pine Eagle (122), Joseph (100.5) and Union (81.5) finished in third, fourth, and fifth places at the tournament, which hosted 14 schools.
At 106 pounds, Debren Sanabria pinned his way to a first-place medal. Sanabria had a bye in his first two matches and pinned Jett Peterson, of Joseph, in 1 minute, 7 seconds to reach the finals.
Sanabria was matched up with Gage Martins, of Union, and pinned Martins late in the match at the 5:36 mark to claim gold.
Noel Navarro stood on the top podium after winning all three of his matches by fall at 120 pounds. Navarro received a bye to start the tournament and was able to pin Kadon Haugen, of Santiam Christian, in 1:36 to reach the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Navarro had another pin in under 2 minutes, this time over Brody Ray, of Union. Navarro faced Coy Butner, of Pine Eagle, in his finals match and pinned Butner in 4:43.
Culver's Anthony Hood won his first match by technical fall (16-0) over Isaiah Lemmon, of Echo, and his second match by a majority decision (13-2) over Carter Blackburn, of Union, to reach the championship match.
Navarro had a tougher match in the finals, facing Reece McConnell, of Elgin, coming away with a 6-1 decision victory over McConnell to claim gold.
Two Bulldogs wrestled in the 152-pound championship match, Lane Downing and Wyatt Corwin. Downing was not messing around at this tournament, winning all his matches leading up to the championship match in impressive fashion.
He pinned his first two opponents, Kennisen Knifong of Heppner and Brant Jones of Santiam Christian, to reach the semifinals. Downing didn't win by fall in the semifinals but was able to beat Levi Hammond, of Union, by technical fall (17-0).
Corwin won his first match by a late pin over Edward Ellsworth, of Heppner, in 5:21 and pinned his next opponent, Isaias Perez-Arellano, of Neah-Kah-Nie, in 1:40. Corwin pinned his Imbler opponent, Mykail Foster, in 3:27 to face teammate Downing in the finals.
In the 152-pound championship match between Corwin and Downing, Downing was able to come away with another fall victory, pinning Corwin in 4:54.
After a first round bye, Hunter Augustynovich (160) pinned Logan Griffin, of Adrian, in 4:39, and Trevor Oxenrider, of Santiam Christian, in 1:34 to reach the finals.
Augustynovich was able to pin Jace Coe, of Heppner, in the last 38 seconds of the match to place first for the Bulldogs.
Isaiah Toomey also had an extremely impressive tournament, beating all his opponents by either a majority decision or by fall. In his first match, Toomey defeated Enterprise wrestler Charlie Evans by a 15-4 majority decision and defeated Ronny Morello, of Joseph, by fall in 2:45.
Toomey faced Braedyn White, of Pomeroy, in his finals match and defeated White in a 12-4 majority decision.
At 113 pounds, Brody Piercy received a bye in the first two rounds. He came out strong in the semifinals, defeating Roen Waite, of Heppner, by fall in 3:59. In the championship match, Piercy lost an 8-2 decision to Garrett Burns, of Imbler, to claim silver.
Eduardo Penaloza (192), after two byes, pinned his semifinals challenger Logan Swearingen, of Echo, in 1:24. In the finals, Penaloza was pinned by Travis Bennett, of Neah-Kah-Nie, in 1:12 and placed second.
At 138 pounds, Braeden Chapman lost by fall to Carlos Norris in 1:42 after a first round bye. He also received a second round bye before pinning his next two opponents by fall in under 3 minutes. Chapman was able to pin Cutter Huff, of Pine Eagle, in 57 seconds to place third for the Bulldogs.
Andres Mendez (182) was his first match by fall in 3:16, but he fell to Luke Mehlschau, of Santiam Christian, at the 3:08 mark. Mendez was his consolation semifinals match by fall in 2:59 and was able to beat Will Winona, of Pomeroy, in a 6-4 decision to claim bronze.
Cole Brown went 1-1 at 220 pounds to place third for Culver. Gabe Wilson was able to finish the tournament with a 4-2 record to place fourth, and Wylie Johnson was 0-2, also placing fourth for Culver.
At 126 pounds, Culver's Johan Jaimes went 1-2, placing fifth. Trevor Smith (160) won three of his five matches, also placing fifth.
Guy Corwin (138) went 0-2, Kalin Abbas (138) 1-2, Martin Gonzalez (152) 0-2, Aiden Henlin (160) 0-2, and Cyrus Mathews (160) 0-2, for the Bulldogs.
The 2A Bulldogs have a home dual against 6A Mountain View at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Culver, as well as Madras, wrestles in the Oregon Classic tournament in Redmond at the Expo Center, which starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and ends Saturday, Jan. 18.
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