Bulldogs cruise to Jo-Hi Invitational title
The Culver Bulldogs have won another wrestling tournament.
"I would say we have the definition of a very competitive team," Culver head coach J.D. Alley said. "And, a team that one day one guy is a hero and the next day somebody else is."
The Bulldogs easily outpaced the field at the 10-team Jo Hi Invitational, which was held at Joseph High School June 2-3. Many of the same teams were at the tournament as were at Culver's invitational the week before. The Bulldogs ran away from the field, amassing 213 points. Pine Eagle was second with 73 points. They were followed by Elgin, 53, Enterprise, 32, Echo/Stanfield, 31, Imbler, 31, Joseph, 17, Union/Cove, 15, Adrian, 7, and Crane 7.
The Culver wrestling team has shown depth and strength this year but has also showed some inconsistency.
Alley pointed out that several wrestlers who did exceptionally well at Culver did not do as well at Jo Hi, but others who struggled at Culver did well at Joseph.
"We had a lot of reversals of that hero role between our tournament and Joseph – some good and some bad," he said. "We had a couple of seniors that excelled there. Wyatt Corwin (152) and Nicolas Navarro, (182) won their first tournaments, and they were fourth and fifth last weekend, so I'm happy there. And we had a really outstanding turn around from a transfer, Reeden Arsenault. He repeated some matches from the weekend before and turned both of them around, including the kid that won our tournament."
Arsenault was a tournament champion, as was Debren Sanabria at 113 pounds, Isaiah Toomey at 170 pounds and Wylie Johnson at 285 pounds.
Alley also noted that Anthony Hood finished second at 160 pounds but defeated the wrestler who won that weight class at Culver. Noel Navarro moved down from 132 to 126 and upset teammate Brody Piercy, who was named the outstanding wrestler at Culver the week before. Navarro finished second and Piercy third.
"We had some problems, but in a real sense of things, they are good problems to have," Alley said. "I guess that was kind of the theme of the weekend to me. Guys that were the heroes last week stubbed their toes a little bit, and the guys that struggled last week definitely improved. And, that's kind of what a team is. When somebody stumbles, somebody else has a great day."
Other second place finishers included Jordan Piercy, 120, Derek Torres, 132, and Eduardo Penaloza at 220 pounds. Finishing third for the Bulldogs were Aiden Guest, 113, Thadius Brown, 120, and Kelin Abbas, 152.
Other Culver placers were Hudson Burgi, fourth at 113, Grady Lieziert, fifth at 132, Trever Smith, fourth at 145, Gabe Wilson, fourth at 170, Abel Huizer, fourth at 182, Christian Mattson-McKenzie, fourth at 220 and Derek McKern, fourth at 285.
The Bulldogs hosted La Pine on Tuesday, then have some time to get ready for the regional tournament, which will be held in Culver on Thursday, June 17, with wrestling scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
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