Madras champions at Nels Ochs
Madras head wrestling coach Paul Brown told the White Buffalos they had to win the Nels Ochs Tournament, which is exactly what they did.
"I gave them the challenge this week. I said, `We're going to win our tournament,' and they got the job done," said Brown. "We got a lot of pins and when you get a lot of pins, that really aides in total points."
Madras scored 248 points to surge into first place in the seven-team tournament, and had 10 wrestlers reach the finals.
"We had an awesome tournament. We had 10 kids in the finals, which is phenomenal. The performance of all the kids in the finals was outstanding," said Brown. "I don't think there was anyone who could catch up to us."
Carmen Burgos (112 pounds), Tyler Fuller (119), Cory Carrillo (125), Cameron Rosenfield (130), Orrin Beals (135) and Chris Monroe (140) each earned championship titles in the tournament.
Larry Snellings (135), Jeremy DuPont (145), Jacob Struck (160) and J.D. Bell (189) each took second.
The first-place finish was an improvement from the Buffs' third-place finish last year, as Madras rolled by its competition. For the tournament, McLoughin (203) placed second, followed by La Pine (162) and the Redmond JV (143).
Next up, Madras hosts Tri-Valley League foe Sherwood, which is going to be no easy feat for the Buffs.
"They (Sherwood) wrestled well in the Oregon Classic. We're going to have to wrestle tough and I think we can do it," said Coach Brown. "Their good kids match up with our good kids, so it's going to be tough."
After Sherwood, the White Buffalo wrestling team will hit the road for the Burns Invitational on Saturday, which will present a host of strong competition, as well.