Culver Wrestlers win again
Culver kept winning its dual matches with three victories Saturday at Sherman County.
Beating Sherman County, Sheridan and Neah-Kah-Nie served as a final warmup for this Friday and Saturday's district championship meet at Neah-Kah-Nie.
All of Culver's wrestlers will be competing for one of the two spots in each of their weights which will advance to the state tournament.
Culver's Coach J.D. Alley explained before Saturday's matches that there could be some Culver wrestlers who would wrestle just twice against the Sherman County, Sheridan and Neah-Kah-Nie trio. That was due to a limit on the number of matches a wrestler can take part in during the season.
In its 38-0 win against Sherman County, Culver skipped wrestling at 112, 119 and 125 pounds, as well as 135, 152, 160 and 189. Points scored by James Moyses, at 103; Brian Stills, at 130; John Urbach, at 140; Ross Miller, at 145; Mark Coy, at 171; Ross McWilliams, at 215 and Zach Henson, at 275, all contributed to the whitewashing Culver slapped on Sherman County. Culver received pins from Stills, Miller, Coy, McWilliams and Henson in that mismatch.
Culver also shut out Sheridan Saturday, scoring 35 in that match. Another pin by Moyses started a Culver victory march continued by a technical fall, worth five team points, by Stills, before more pins by Urbach, Bryce Miller, at 152; Lance Roberts, at 189 and McWilliams.
Neah-Kah-Nie managed the only points on Culver, 10, on the strength of a three-point win at 112, by Justin Kamerer against Culver's Adam Kinley, plus a 7-2 win by Eric Bennett against Ross Miller, and an 11-2 win over Coy for Chris Kirby.
Coy, McWilliams and Bryce Miller -- the three seniors on the team -- closed their wrestling careers at Culver, though not for Culver, in a winning manner last Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Bend High sent a combination of junior varsity and its youngest, inexperienced varsity wrestlers to take on Culver in a dual match Culver controlled on its way to a 45-12 win.
There were enough competitors for matches at each weight, including 160, where Culver had surrendered forfeits in a few recent matches.
Due to the coincidence of the drawn starting weight, matches began at 160.
Bryce Miller opened at 160 for Culver, but has wrestled most at 152.
Ross Miller closed the evening by wrestling at 152 after spending most of the season at 145. He and some other Bulldogs wrestled one class heavier than what they weighed in at in order to fill in and get the experience of working against someone a little heavier.
Urbach won at 145 instead of 140 as just one example of the test Culver gave themselves against Bend.
Alley called the final week of the regular season, including its heavy schedule for some of the wrestlers, good training for the two-day district tournament Friday and Saturday at Neah-Kah-Nie. That event determines those wrestlers who advance to the Feb. 21-23 state tournament in Portland.