Culver cruises to wrestling victory
Bulldogs await Madras
Culver High's wrestling team tuned up for a visit to a Dec. 20-22 championship event in Reno by beating highly-regarded Redmond in a a Dec. 18 dual meet at home. There were about a dozen of the Bulldogs going to compete as individuals at the Reno event, Coach J.D. Alley said.
Starting at a weight drawn at random and then advancing to 275 before starting again at 103, under a rule adopted for Oregon high school use this season, the Dec. 18 meet started at 275. That meant Culver's Zach Henson began competition rather than end it, as in past years, when he met Redmond's Louis Williams.
Henson got the Bulldogs rolling to their 55-14 win by pinning Williams. His first-period fall let Henson earn six points for Culver, after he had pushed his way to a take down within the first minute of the match.
James Moyses increased Culver's lead to 12-0 in the team scoring with a fall in the second period, after a total of 3 minutes, 11 seconds, of wrestling.
Culver's next winner was Travis Kinley, in a 125-pound match that went to the end. While getting out to a 4-1 lead with a take down and near pin in the opening round, Kinley had to used a reversal to maintain his lead after the second round, at 9-7. A reversal in the third period landed Kinley his final points in his 11-7 win.
Bryan Stills picked up an 8-3 win for Culver in a 130 match against Redmond.
Dan Brabham picked up six more points for the team by scoring a fall for Culver just as the first period was ending, at the 1:53 mark, in his battle at 135 against a Dan Wieczorak.
Danny Loredo's strong scoring this season was enchanced by his 6-3 win at 135.
Ross Miller won for Culver, at 145, by using a series of exchanges in which he earned take downs after surrendering escapes. With escapes worth one point compared to two, the three times he took control back after giving it up during the second round increased his lead from 4-3 to 10-7 on his way to a 15-10 win.
Brent Miller claimed an overtime match at 152 to earn Culver three more team points.
Mark Coy earned a pin at 171 pounds to continue his unbeaten season for Culver by beating Tim McFarlane.
Lance Roberts also had a pin for Culver, at 189 pounds. A junior, Roberts practices with the Bulldogs but is home schooled.
Chris Roberts was another winner at 189 for Culver.
There were also two winners for the Bulldogs at 215, in Ross McWilliams and Anthony Alley.