Bulldogs have busy week, win Monroe tourney
The Culver Bulldogs added another trophy to their collection after winning the Monroe Invitational by 33 points Jan. 25. Culver bested 3A Willamina, who ended the tournament with 157 points to claim gold.
4A Banks was right behind Willamina with 156 points to claim third and Scio (140) placed fourth. 16 teams competed in the Monroe Invitational.
At 113 pounds, Brody Piercy stood on top of the podium for the Bulldogs. After receiving a first round bye, Piercy wasted no time, pinning his quarterfinals opponent in 47 seconds. A similar result happened in the semifinals match, as Piercy won by fall in 1 minute, 37 seconds.
Piercy was matched up against Caleb Perez, of Santiam Christian, and was able to defeat Perez by fall at the 3:22 mark, claiming gold. His first place gave Culver 28 team points.
Lane Downing (145) also received a first round bye and pinned his Willamina challenger in 40 seconds after his bye. Downing pinned his quarterfinals opponent in 2:24 and his semifinals challenger in 2:55 to reach the finals match against Lance Vanhoose, of Scio.
Downing and Vanhoose had an extremely close match, but Downing was able to win a very close 5-4 decision to place first and secure 30 team points for the Bulldogs.
At 170 pounds, Isaiah Toomey pinned his quarterfinals challenger in 1:39 after receiving a first round bye. Toomey had a tough semifinals match, where he came away with a close 9-7 decision victory over Josiah Nordstrom, of Scio.
Toomey was matched up with Dylan Hendrickson, of Willimana, in the finals match and Toomey was able to pin Hendrickson in the third round at the 4:14 mark to place first. He earned 26 team points.
Piercy, Downing and Toomey earned 84 of the Bulldogs 157 team points.
Anthony Hood (138) won his first two matches by fall and his semifinals match by a 12-0 major decision to reach the finals, where he would face Michael Fox, of Willamina. In the finals match, Hood and Fox would wrestle to the final horn, all three rounds, but Hood fell short to Fox in an 8-4 decision loss to claim silver for Culver.
Freshman Debren Sanabria received a bye in the first two rounds at 106 and in his semifinal match, Sanabria faced a tough Hunter Smith, of Banks. Smith was able to beat Sanabria in a 16-1 technical fall victory.
Sanabria bounced back in his next match, defeating his opponent by fall at the 1:04 mark, placing third at the tournament.
At 120 pounds, Culver's Noel Navarro and Johan Jaimes were matched up against each other, wrestling for third place. Navarro was given the victory by forfeit to claim third and Jaimes fourth.
Navarro won his first two matches by fall under 2 minutes, but lost a close 5-3 decision over Moses Mercier, of Willamina.
Jaimes also won his first two matches by fall under 2 minutes, but fell short to Elijah Carson, of Reedsport, in a 17-2 major decision.
Wyatt Corwin (152) also placed third for Culver. He was able to win his first two matches by fall and was pinned by Jacob Mask, of Scio. Corwin won a 12-1 major decision in his next match to claim Bronze.
Hunter Augustynovich (160) won his first match by fall at the 50-second mark and his second match in a 7-0 decision. Augustynovich lost by fall in his semifinals match and lost a 10-3 decision in his final match to place fourth.
At 220 pounds, Wylie Johnson won four of his five matches to place fifth for Culver.
Gabe Wilson (145) went 4-2 in the tournament, placing sixth for Culver. Derek Torres (126) went 2-2, Kelin Abbas (138) 2-1, Bryce Gibson (126) 1-2, Trevor Smith (152) 1-2, Nicolas Navarro (170) 1-2 and Derek McKern (220) 1-2.
Gavin Douglas (113), Guy Corvin (132), Cyrus Mathews (152), Aiden Henlin (160), Eduardo Penaloza (195), Cole Brown (195) were unable to win a match at the tournament.
Table Rock Duals
On Jan. 23 the Culver Bulldogs went up against 6A and 5A schools at the Table Rock Duals in Crater. Culver lost to 5A Crater 55-15, beat 5A Dallas 41-38, 5A Eagle Point 54-28, lost to 6A North Medford 49-30 and defeated 6A South Medford 67-12.
In the dual against Crater, Noel Navarro (120), and Toomey (170) were both able to win by fall under two minutes and Corwin (152) won a 15-9 decision, but the rest of the Bulldog team was unable to beat their Crater opponents as Crater beat Culver 55-15.
The Bulldogs faced Dallas next and Downing (145), Corwin (152), Toomey (170), Sanabria (106), Piercy (113), and Navarro (120) all won by fall. Hood (138) won a 18-0 major decision.
Jaimes (132), Smith (160), Nicolas Navarro (182), Brown (195), Penaloza (220), Johnson (Hwt) and Torres (126) were unable to defeat their Dallas challengers.
Dallas had a 32-29 lead over Culver in the first 10 matches, but fall victories by Sanabria, Piercy and Navarro sealed a 41-38 victory for Culver over Dallas.
Culver faced Eagle Point next and Piercy (113), Jaimes (126), Hood (138), Downing (145), Smith (152), Corwin (160), Toomey (170), Penaloza (195), and Johnson (Hwt) all won by fall.
Navarro (120), Torres (132), Navarro (182), and Brown (220) lost to their Eagle point opponents.
The Bulldogs had a 42-10 lead early to help seal a 54-28 victory over 5A Eagle point.
Culver faced 6A North Medford next and Hood, Downing, Piercy, and Navarro all won by fall, while Sanabria won a forfeit for Culver. Jaimes, Torres, Corwin, Smith, Nicolas Navarro, Brown, and Johnson all lost by fall, while Toomey and Penaloza lost by decision.
North Medford had a 49-12 lead before Culver won its last three matches, falling to North Medford 49-30.
In the last dual of the day for Culver, the Bulldogs took on South Medford.
Sanabria, Noel Navarro, Torres, Downing, Smith, Toomey, Nicolas Navarro, and Penaloza all won by fall, while Hood (6-5) and Corwin (14-0) both won by decision and Brown and Johnson claimed forfeit wins.
Piercy and Jaimes both lost by fall and were the Bulldogs' only loss of the dual as they defeated South Medford 67-12.
Besting Bend High
The 2A Culver Bulldogs wrestling team took on the 6A Bend Lava Bears in a home 62-18 dual victory Jan. 21.
The dual started at 195 pounds, and Culver's Cole Brown was able to pin Christian Mosso in four minutes and five seconds. Culver won the 220- and 285-pound matches by forfeit, and the Dogs took an 18-0 lead.
Freshman Debren Sanabria (106) continues to tear through his competitors for Culver; he pinned his Bend challenger in a little over three minutes. Brody Piercy (113) showed his strength for Culver, beating Cole Buckley in a 14-1 major decision.
At 120 pounds, Noel Navarro only needed 1:08 to pin his opponent, and the Bulldogs took a 34-0 lead over the 6A Lava Bears in the first six matches.
The next three matches were all won by fall for Bend. Davey Smith pinned Culver's Johan Jaimes in 3:38, Finn Schuller was able to win by fall in 3:39 over Derek Torres, of Culver, and Geiner Harpoole was also able to pin Culver's Braeden Chapman in a little over three minutes.
Culver's lead was cut to 34-18.
Anthony Hood (145) and Lane Downing (152) were able to get the Bulldogs back in the win column, pinning their Bend opponents. Wyatt Corwin (160) kept things rolling with a fall victory in 1:12 and Culver took a large 52-18 lead.
At 170 pounds, Hunter Augustynovich took command of his match and won a 12-1 major decision, and the 182-pound match was won by Culver due to forfeit to close out the dual.
Culver travels to La Pine for the Highway 97 wrestling tournament at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. The tournament consists of Culver and La Pine wrestlers from elementary, middle and high school, wrestling for one big final score.
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