Kerry Scott lone Buff winner in Ochs Memorial wrestling tournament
Mac-Hi takes team title
Madras High used all of its chances to win an individual title at Saturday's Nels Ochs Memorial Tournament before 275-pound Kerry Scott pinned Mac Hi's Ralph VanDeurs.
Junior Tony Hansen gave Madras its first chance at a title in the annual wrestling event in memory of Ochs. But Hansen was outscored by Burns' Clint Johnson at 135 pounds.
Madras placed three more White Buffalos wrestlers in the finals of the tournament named for the former Madras High wrestler killed in a tragic car accident in the spring of 1979, just weeks after his senior season. Three of Ochs' nephews helped hand out the medals presented to top three wrestlers in each weight division Saturday.
Coach Paul Brown was hoping for at least one more win but said the battles the Buffs had experienced -- battling illness besides being without 130-pound senior starter Chad McFarland, whose doctor required he take a break -- made it a strong showing just to get five wrestlers into the finals.
Joining Hansen in taking second for Madras in its home tournament were Jacob Struck at 135, 152-pound James Wolfe, plus Gordon Scott at 215.
Hansen surrendered the first takedown of his match, worth two points to Johnson, then couldn't rally. Johnson's 3-0 win was one of the closer matches in the finals yet left Madras second for the first of four times in the finals.
Mac Hi from Milton-Freewater put its scoring wrestlers in the various weights in not only six finals but in seven third-place or fourth-place matches as well.
By keeping other teams from adding points at weights when its two wrestlers, or three, each advanced to a consolation or third-place match, if not the championship, Mac Hi controlled the scoring. Its 210.5 points in the tournament easily beat the second place finishers from LaPine, which had five wrestlers in the finals, but could not get enough in the other scoring matches to challenge the winner.
Each weight's top-three finishers earned a medal from the Nels Ochs tournament.
Finalists scored the most, but the second and third-place finishers gave each of the eight teams still more points.
Mac High's placement of wrestlers in the third- and fourth-place matches let it counter the slightly higher number of La Pine and Madras wrestlers in the finals of the 14 different weights.
Madras and the other teams picked up points from only its designated scorer in each weight, coach Brown noted. That meant Mac High made the most of having scoring wrestlers in the majority of the various weights wrestling for one of the top spots in Saturday's concluding rounds.
Of the 14 weight divisions, Mac Hi had someone among the six scoring spots in 13 of them, missing out only at 152.
Madras was competitive though not comparitive with the leaders.
The weights at which Gordon Scott and Kerry Scott weighed in for the two heaviest divisions showed they were among the lighter, yet quicker, wrestlers in their category.
"He was quick too though," Kerry Scott said after getting in enough moves to finally wear down Mac Hi's Ralph VanDeurs in the 275 finals. Neither of the finalists weighed as much as 255, Scott noted of he and VanDeurs comparing.
The 215 finals were quite similar based on Gordon Scott's observation that Mac Hi's Palacios was "very quick and fast" in their match. Both Palacios and himself were somewhere in the 190 to 200-pound range, Gordon Scott said.