e local middle school wrestlers earned medals at the Oregon state tourney Saturday at Woodburn High on Saturday.
Ryan Kasch of Culver Middle School won the 115-pound division. The eighth grader went into the state meet as the Central Oregon regional champ at his weight. A year ago, Kasch was second in the 105 division.
Two other Culver wrestlers also earned state medals by finishing in the top six.
Josue Gonzales placed third in the 110 division. He won the regional title last week and competed in the state meet last year.
Jesus Retano earned fourth in the 105 class. He finished second at regionals and was a competitor at state last season.
A pair of Jefferson County Middle School eighth graders finished in the top four.
Justin Hendrix took third in the 195 division. He won the regional title and competed at state last season.
Travis Williams finished fourth in the 275 class. Williams was a regional champion and competed at state last season.
A total of 12 area middle schoolers qualified for state by finishing in the top four at regionals.
JCMS wrestlers competing at state but not earning medals were: Kole Williams, 80; Miguel Vasquez, 110; and Sean Constantine, 155.
Culver wrestlers competing at state but finishing out of the medals were: Bolt Anglen, 80; Jared Kasch, 90; David Badillo, 122 and Miguel Gutierrez, 129.
Culver finished eighth in the team standings with 66 points with JCMS ninth at 61.5 points. Sandstone Middle School of Hermiston won the state title with 146 points with Crook County MS second at 105.5.