The Wright Brothers became famous 118 years ago last week for their maiden flight from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Over the weekend in Bend, the White Brothers — Reece and Cael — did a little high flying of their own.
The pair won their respective weight classes for Madras at the Adrian Irwin Invitational at Caldera High School, which was held over Friday and Saturday last week.
For Reece, the success does not come as much surprise. After all, the senior finished second at the OWA state championship meet in the spring. He followed up on that performance by cruising through his bracket at the Culver Invitational last week, topping the 182-pound bracket in style.
On the other hand, Cael's success to this point has been nothing short of remarkable. The junior took third place in the 170-pound bracket in Culver, falling to Bulldog senior Isaiah Toomey in their semifinal bout last week. This time around, Cael wrestled down a weight, going at 160 in the Adrian Irwin. As a result, his semifinal opponent was teammate Brady David, who won the 160-pound bracket last week in Culver.
Both Cael and Reece pinned opponents from La Pine to earn their wins at Caldera High School. Though the Hawks are only a 3A outfit, they have a very strong wrestling program. In fact, La Pine finished second in terms of team score at the Adrian Irwin Invitational, scoring 260 points as compared to winners Mountain View, which had a whopping 342 points. Madras and Burns tied for third place with 153 points apiece.
Other notable individual performances for the Buffs included Conner Comingore placing second in the 220-pound weight class and Brady David's third-place finish at 160. Itzel Andrade took fourth in the 130-140 girls bracket. There were five other fifth-place finishers for Madras at the Adrian Irwin Invitational in Bend, including: Cadence Miller, 120-125 girls; Malacai Alire, 138 boys; Julia Wolfe, 145-155 girls; Isaiah Martinez, 170 boys; and Chris Gandy, 285 boys.
For a program that has struggled at times over the years to remain relevant on the statewide level, the early results have been very promising for Madras.
Both White brothers, as well as Comingore and David, have delivered strong, consistent performances on the boys' side. Andrade has been stellar for the girls in three events so far, and the girls team has two more previous winners (Lucia Sevilla and Arianna Flores) who did not wrestle last week.
The Buffs close the book on the 2021 calendar year with the annual Rollin Schimmel Memorial event, which starts Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. in Pendleton.
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