Madras wrestles tough foes
If Jeremy DuPont wanted a challenge after moving down to 145 pounds, he got it.
The Madras senior found a two-time state champion waiting for him in the finals of Redmond's Rimrock Classic on Saturday. Austin Enoch of the host Panthers, ranked No. 1 among all of Oregon's 145 pounders, was DuPont's finals foe.
Enoch, owning a pair of 135 state titles, needed just 33 seconds to score a pair of pins to advance into the Rimrock finals.
DuPont was also dominant in moving into the finals. He scored a 5-0 win and semifinal pin (3:25 against a W.F. West wrestler from Chehalis, Wash.).
"When you go against a guy like that, you have to be aggressive," DuPont said. "You have to try new things you wouldn't against another wrestler."
DuPont tried plenty of moves but Enoch countered everything for a 14-0 victory with eight near fall points.
DuPont wrestled the first two weeks at 152. He finished third at Culver after taking second at Estacada.
"I couldn't quite make 145 at the start of the season," DuPont said. "Going at 152 gave me a chance to go against some bigger guys early in the season. I did the same thing last season."
The Madras senior went on to finish seventh at the 3A state tournament, racking up a 37-7 record.
DuPont was one of three Buffs in the finals of the eight-team tournament.
Both Will Wienert at 285 and Spud Smith at 152 moved into a title match for the second consecutive Saturday. Both were also finalists at the Culver Invitational.
Wienert scored a pair of pins to advance to the finals, including a 24-second fall in the semifinals. Wienert met Eric Perry of Westview, battling to a scoreless first period before trailing 3-1 after the second period and losing 7-3.
Smith, like DuPont, has moved down a weight class. He wrestled at 160 in the opening two weeks.
The junior had two pins, the first in 37 seconds, and a 19-9 semifinal victory to advance into the finals. He was pinned by Derek Driscoll of W.F. West, a Washington 3A state champ who scored four pins in the tourney.
Eight other Madras wrestlers finished fifth or higher. The Buffs finished third with 59 points, behind Redmond at 132 and W.F. West. Redmond is ranked No. 1 in Oregon Wrestling Forum's 6A rankings.
Stephen Scranton at 112, Justin Brown at 125 and Ryan Brunner at 130 all finished third.
Scranton clinched third with a pin at 5:21 after losing to the eventual champion 15-5 in the semifinals. Scranton opened the tourney with a 7-1 victory.
Brown scored a 12-7 decision in his final match against a Mountain View foe. He started his tourney with a pin (at 3:31) before a 7-6 semifinal loss.
Brunner secured third with a pin at 4:38. He opened the tourney with a pin (1:01) before being pinned by the eventual champion in the semifinals.
Rakesh Phillips at 103 and James Rodriguez at 215 finished fourth. Phillips lost to the eventual champion in the semifinals. Rodriguez opened his tourney with a pin.
Nathan Monroe at 125, Tyler Fuller at 135 and Trevor Barrett at 171 all finished fifth, all with pins. Monroe scored his fall in the first period (1:57), Fuller also in the first (:38) and Barrett in the second (2:58).
Madras returns to action Saturday, participating in the Buckaroo Invitational at Pendleton. Intermountain Conference action starts Thursday, Jan. 4 by hosting Summit.
Notes: Buff senior Cameron Rosenfield missed the Redmond tourney due to a knee injury. He was wearing a brace to help a strained medial collateral ligament. "I'll be out for a couple of weeks," Rosenfield said. "The brace will help it heal. I'm also going to physical therapy." Rosenfield was the outstanding wrestler at the Culver Invitational (winning the 135 title) after winning his weight class at the Estacada Invitational.