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Culver outlasts the Hawks is a pin-fest, then goes on the road and dominates the Pine Eagle Invitational

LON AUSTIN  - Hensley Wachter, top, was the lone Culver girl to wrestle during the squad's match with La Pine June 8. She pinned Reine Bissember. The Culver Bulldogs are continuing their winning ways in wrestling.

Culver edged La Pine 48-42 in a home dual meet on Tuesday, then rolled to an easy victory at the Pine Eagle Invitational on Saturday.

The Bulldogs finished the tournament with 182 points while Pine Eagle was second with 97.5 points, Elgin third at 68 and Heppner fourth with 52 points. Rounding out the scoring were Grant Union 43, Imbler 22, Union/Cove 22, Enterprise 19, Crane 15, Joseph 13, and Adrian who did not score in the tournament.

Every match in the La Pine dual was decided by a fall, something that did not make Culver head coach J.D. Alley happy.

"I don't like to fall into duels that are a pin fest," he said. "I know people like a pin, but gosh darned it, we should stay off our back, and so should they."

La Pine jumped on top with Tyson Flack pinning Aiden Guest at 106 pounds. Culver quickly tied the dual as Debren Sanabria pinned Allen Jordan at 113 pounds. Jordan Piercy, 120, and Brody Piercy, 126, both won by forfeit, giving Culver an 18-6 lead. From then on, it was a back and fourth match.

La Pine's Dylan Mann pinned Grady Lieziert at 132 pounds. Culver's Reeden Aresenault returned the favor, pinning Everett Lerma at 138 pounds. La Pine's Mason Webb won by forfeit at 145 pounds and Jose Orozco pinned Culver's Kelin Abbas, making the score 24-24. Culver regained the lead as Anthony Hood pinned Garrett Forbes at 160 pounds and Isaiah Toomey pinned Lucino Gomez-Leal at 170 pounds.

However, La Pine quickly tied the match as Dylan Hankey pinned Nicolas Navarro at 182 pounds and Dominick Evans pinned Christian Mattson-McKenzie at 195 pounds.

Culver took the lead for good when Eduardo Penaloza pinned Landen Roggenkamp at 220 pounds, then Wylie Johnson pinned Kadin Yeager at 285 pounds. Johnson also wrestled La Pine's Landen Roggenkamp, who pinned the Culver heavyweight.

The two teams also wrestled a series of extra matches with Sanabria defeating Tyson Flack and Wyatt Corwin defeating Sean Forbes. La Pine won the remainder of the extra matches.

In the lone girls match of the evening, Culver's Hensely Wachter pinned Reine Bissember of La Pine.

Wachter will compete in the girls regional wrestling tournament on Friday, June 18 at Cottage Grove, with the top qualifiers competing in the state championships the following week.

Alley said that Wachter nearly made it to state last year, and she has a good opportunity to make it this year if she wrestles well.

Saturday at Pine Eagle, the Bulldogs were in control from the start, but that doesn't mean that things were easy for Culver.

Culver's graduation was on Saturday, and that was a distraction for some of the seniors.

"We had a really large graduation party that affected all but one of our seniors that was Friday night," Alley said. "They actually traveled to Pine Eagle in the middle of the night and showed up in time for weigh ins. They were a little tired and a little everything else, and we knew that. Maybe didn't wrestle their best."

Alley added that for the past three or four tournaments, different Culver wrestlers have done well, while others have struggled.

"We had some reversal of fortunes," he said. "Some matches we could win the week before we couldn't win this week. But you know, we just kind of took it like it was, put together matches and wrestled."

Four Bulldogs won individual titles at Pine Eagle. Aiden Guest took first at 106, Brody Piercy first at 126, Isaiah Toomey first at 170, and Wylie Johnson first at 285.

Placing second for the Bulldogs were Jordan Piercy, 120, Grady Lieziert, 132, Reeden Arsenault, 138, Wyatt Corwin, 152, Nicolas Navarro, 182 and Eduardo Penaloza, 220.

Other Culver placers included Debren Sanabria, third at 120, Thadius Brown, fourth at 120, Kelin Abbas, fourth at 152, Trever Smith, fifth at 152, Anthony Hood, third at 160, Gabe Wilson, fourth at 170, Abel Huizer, fourth at 182, Christian Mattson-McKenzie, third at 220 and Matthew Tichenor, fifth at 220.

The Bulldogs host the regional tournament on Thursday with wrestling set to start at 10 a.m. The top three wrestlers in each weight class qualify for the state tournament, which will be held Saturday, June 26 at Sweet Home High School.

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