Isaiah Toomey, Wylie Johnson shine bright for Culver wrestling
Coming off a strong outing at their home tournament, Culver is shaping up for yet another strong season on the mat.
Just one week ago, J.D. Alley said that he would be pretty happy if his team could win three or four events and be in the running for top team score at his team's Culver Invitational.
Those words proved to be prophetic as the team finished in second place with a very healthy 233 points. Culver also saw four of its Bulldog grapplers reach the final round of the tournament.
Of those four, both Isaiah Toomey and Wylie Johnson came away with wins under the vaunted Culver ring light, an emblem of the program.
Toomey's impressive run to the 170-pound win included two bouts against local foes from the Madras team. The Culver senior came away victorious in each one, beating Alex 'Texas' Arreola in a Friday matchup before taking down Cael White in the semifinals.
Despite the close proximity of the schools — and Alley's assertion that there is "probably no love lost" between the two programs, which seemed especially evident in the bout with Arreola — Toomey says he did not approach those matches with Madras with any special attention.
"To be honest, the match (against Arreola) to me was just another match," said Toomey. "I didn't think that just because it was a Madras guy, I wanted to beat him more. But yeah, we were kind of going back and forth during the whole match. I just kept wrestling in good positions and made sure I came out on top, even though it was a little scrappy."
As for Johnson, he continued his perfect start to the season, which began last week in Sisters. Johnson was the class of the 285-pound division, winning three of his four bouts by pinfall.
Hot on Wylie's heels was twin brother Ryan Johnson, who is wrestling for Culver for the first time this season. He placed fourth in the 220-pound division in his first-ever Culver Invitational.
Other top-three placers at the event included Thadius Brown, Debren Sanabria and Hensley Wachter, all of whom took second place. Noel and Santos Navarro each placed third for the Bulldogs, with the latter earning special praise from Alley for his gutsy performances.
Alley further shone the light on two more wrestlers, senior Gabe Wilson and freshman Cole Rahi. Both of them placed sixth in their respective classes, showing grit and determination as they continue to hone their craft on the Culver mats.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11
Team scores — 1. La Pine, 241.5. 2. Culver, 233. 3. Madras, 222.
106 — 1. Tyson Flack, La Pine. 6. Cole Rahi, Culver.
113 — 1. Mason Lacey, Crook County. 2. Riley Flack, La Pine. 4. Aiden Guest, Culver.
120 — 1. Landyn Philpott, La Pine. 2. Debren Sanabria, Culver.
126 — 1. Carlos Torres, Madras. 2. Thadius Brown, Culver. 3. Santos Navarro, Culver.
132 — 1. Dennak Towne, Glide. 2. Robert Lacey, Crook County. 3. Noel Navarro, Culver.
138 — 1. Dylan Mann, La Pine. 2. Coy Butner, Pine Eagle. 5. Malacai Alire, Madras.
145 — 1. Logan Chapman, Rainer. 2. Chase Butner, Pine Eagle. 4. Tyler Clarkston, Madras.
152 — 1. Ryon Martinho, Illinois Valley. 2. Savien Burk, Mazama. 4. Collin Switzler, Madras. 6. Kelin Abbas, Culver.
160 — 1. Brady David, Madras. 2. Garrett Forbes, La Pine. 6. Gabe Wilson, Culver.
170 — 1. Isaiah Toomey, Culver. 2. Justin Hodge, Grant Union. 3. Cael White, Madras.
182 — 1. Reece White, Madras. 2. Dylan Hankey, La Pine.
195 — 1. Ezekiel Heaton, Mazama. 2. Tyson Van Gastel, Mazama.
220 — 1. Toby Clow, Adrian. 2. Jaden Rondeau, Glide. 4. Ryan Johnson, Culver. 5. Conner Comingore, Madras.
285 — 1. Wylie Johnson, Culver. 2. Rylan Cox, Grant Union. 5. Angel Jimenez, Madras.
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