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Reece White makes it to finals, Carlos Torres takes sixth as Madras claims 13th overall

LON AUSTIN  - Reece White, top, shown in a match earlier in the season, finished second in the 182-pound classification in the state 4A wrestling tournament Saturday. Heading into the Class 4A state wrestling championship, which was held at Cascade High School in Turner, the Madras White Buffalos knew that they weren't going to challenge for the team title.

However, the White Buffalos had a solid tournament, finishing 13th out of 29 teams in the event.

Sweet Home ran away with the tournament, racking up 262 points, far ahead of second-place La Grande, 167. Tillamook finished third with 147 points. Rounding out the top 10 were Philomath, 124, Estacada, 122, Siuslaw, 101, Junction City, 99, Banks, 95, Mazama, 95, and Stayton, 73.

Led by a second-place finish from Reece White at 182 pounds, the White Buffalos finished with 43 points.

In this year when COVID delayed the start of the winter sports season until May, a lot of teams seemed to struggle to field teams. However, that wasn't the case for the White Buffalos, who had one of their best seasons in years, finishing ahead of perennial wrestling powerhouses Cascade, 14th, Henley, 17th, and Marshfield, 26th.

White won his first match of the tournament by fall, earned a major decision in the quarterfinals, pinned Ethan Spencer of Sweet Home in the semifinals, but came up short in the finals as Miguel Miemi of Tillamook pinned White in the first round of their championship match.

The only other Madras grappler to place in the tournament was Carlos Torres, who finished sixth at 113 pounds. After winning his opening match, Torres lost in the quarterfinals, but fought back to win a pair of consolation matches to reach the consolation semifinals. Once in the semis Torres lost a 10-6 decision to Maxam Salvetti of Molalla, then was disqualified from the fifth place match against Ben Adams of Stayton.

Despite having just two placers, seven of the eight Madras wrestlers in the tournament won at least one match.

Cael White went 2-2 at 160 pounds, coming up just one win short of placing. At 195 pounds, Brady David finished with a 2-2 record. Like Cael White, David was one win short of finishing on the podium.

Isaiah Martinez, 160, Collin Switzler, 170, and Chris Gandy, 285, all went 1-2 in the tournament. Sebastian Bisland, 113, also competed, but did not get a win.

Class 3A Oregon Wrestling Association State Championships

at Cascade High School

Team scores – 1. Sweet Home, 262, 2. La Grande, 167. 3. Tillamook, 147. 4. Philomath, 124. 5. Estacada, 122. 6. Siuslaw, 101. 7. Junction City, 99. 8. Banks, 95. 8. Mazama, 95. 10. Stayton, 73. 11. Hidden Valley, 67. 12. Baker, 66. 13. Madras, 43. 14. Cascade, 41. 15. Woodburn, 38.5. 16. Ontario, 34.5. 17. Elmira, 33. 17. Henley, 33. 19. North Marion, 32. 20. Molalla, 31. 21. Corbett, 24. 22. Seaside, 22. 23. Sisters, 20. 24. McLoughlin, 17. 25. Gladstone, 16. 26. Marshfield, 13. 27. Phoenix, 8. 28.

Individual results

106 – 1. Kyle Sieminski, Sweet Home. 2. Colby Cook, Corbett. 3. Basen Rambo, Hidden Valley. 4. Mason Wolcott, La Grande. 5. Nehemiah Gaul, Estacada. 6. Bryce Haltiner, Tillamook.

113 – 1. Benjamin Hernandez, Philomath. 2. Dylan Clark, Henley. 3. Maxam Salvetti, Molalla. 4. Ayden Flanagan, North Marion. 5. Ben Adams, Stayton. 6. Carlos Torres, Madras.

120 – 1. Jake Sieminski, Sweet Home. 2. Hunter Smith, Banks. 3. Kai Carson, La Grande. 4. Blake Miemann, Philomath. 5. Treyson Smith, Sweet Home. 6. Yoskar De la Mora, Siuslaw.

126 – 1. Mauro Michel, Stayton. 2. Dylan Smith, Banks. 3. Austin Simmons, Tillamook. 4. Cohen Schleich, Estacada. 5. Kyle Watkins, Sweet Home. 6. Hunter Lucas, Hidden Valley.

132 – 1. Evan Potter, Junction City. 2. Joshua Collins, La Grande. 3. Braley Rieger, Tillamook. 4. George Tapia, Hidden Valley. 5. Christian Gregory, Sweet Home. 6. Colby Findley, Molalla.

138 – 1. Braden Carson, La Grande. 2. Eli Howard, Stayton. 3. Benito Roman, Woodburn. 4. Trenton Wymore, Cascade. 5. Trenton Smith, Sweet Home. 6. Tanner wood, Mazama.

145 – 1. Brayden Newport, Sweet Home. 2. Elijah LaCosse, Siuslaw. 3. Brysen Panaloza, La Grande. 4. Savien Burk, Mazama. 5. Parker McKibbin, Tillamook. 6. Wyatt Maffey, Sisters.

152 – 1. Tristan Spencer, Sweet Home. 2. Carson Henderson, Junction City. 3. Ruben Hernandez, Ontario. 4. Braxton Bisenius, La Grande. 5. Kaden Christiansen, Woodburn. 6. Kaden Watkins, Estacada.

160 – 1. Lance Van Hoose, Cascade. 2. Jesse Jamison, Sweet Home. 3. Emmett Henderson, Junction City. 4. Cody Hovda, Estacada. 5. Ryan Jennings, Siuslaw. 6. Gilbert Whitlatch, Tillamook.

170 – 1. Blaise Pindell, Philomath. 2. Ayden Wolgamoot, Elmira. 3. Mason Buss, Siuslaw. 4. Wyatt Livingston, La Grande. 5. Kaden Zajic, Sweet Home. 6. Cole Shafer, La Grande.

182 – 1. Miguel Niemi, Tillamook. 2. Reece White, Madras. 3. Ethan Spencer, Sweet Home. 4. Broady Kitzmiller, Gladstone. 5. Ezekiel Heaton, Mazama. 6. Dayne Muller, Siuslaw.

195 – 1. Gauge Bloomer, Baker. 2. Jackson Turner, Estacada. 3. Ethan Richards, Mazama. 4. Issiah Blackburn, Philomath. 5. Daevon Vereen, Banks. 6. Rafael Martinez, Tillamook.

220 – 1. Connor Kohn, Philomath. 2. Christian Newlan, Siuslaw. 3. Lawson Talamantez, Seaside. 4. Tanner Wells, McLoughlin. 5. Jason Ortega, Mazama. 6. Jake Fanning, Sweet Home.

285 – 1. Bryer Moore, Junction City. 2. Jaden Martin, Baker. 3. Ramsey Hering, Banks. 4. Isaac Pena, Mazama. 5. Devin Gotchall, Estacada. 6. Christopher Woods, Hidden Valley.


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