Vincent, Oppenlander second for Buffs
Madras finishes 10th at Free-Berry Classic
The Madras High School wrestling team finished 10th in the 15-team Free-Berry Classic on Saturday in Pendleton.
The White Buffalos scored 90.5 points to finish ahead of Riversides 75.5 and sneak into the top 10. McLoughlin of Milton-Freewater finished ninth with 98 points.
The Buffs were led by the second-place finish of senior Ian Oppenlander at 106 pounds. He pinned all three of his opponents en route to the finals, but met Riversides fantastic freshman A.J. Rockwell in the title bout. Oppenlander lost the bout 7-6, but Madras head coach Ron Oliver said Oppenlander wrestled a great tournament.
Ian is wrestling really great right now, Oliver said. His moves are good and his timing is down, and he just didnt finish on top in that last match.
Oppenlander pinned Ridgeviews Tanner Boatman in the middle of the second round to start the day, and then took care of Walla Wallas Josh Camacho with a first-round pin in the quarterfinals. Oppenlander earned a spot against Rockwell for all the marbles after he pinned Burns Dalton Higgins in the second round of the semifinals.
Bryce Vincent also earned a second-place finish for the Buffs. At 120 pounds, Vincent squared off with Pendletons Morgan Holcomb for the tournament title, but was pinned early in the second round. Vincent won four matches before the final, and all were by fall. He pinned Riversides Ivan Escobedo in 36 seconds, and then turned The Dalles Cole Davis on his back in 56 seconds.
Vincent was the top point producer for the Buffs with 28, and Oppenlander scored 26.
Bryce wasnt quite at the top of his game in the final, but he was there, so we are gaining with him, Oliver said. He wrestled some great matches earlier in the day.
Heavyweight Miguel Sevilla finished fifth in his class, capping the day with a second-round pin of Ridgeviews Brian Chavez. The only match Sevilla lost was to Pendletons P.J. Schubert, the No. 2 heavyweight in Class 5A, in the quarterfinals.
Sevilla beat McMinnvilles Ethan Chappell twice in the tournament, and both times took less than a minute. The first bout between the two big fellas, Sevilla dispatched Chappell in :37. The next time around came in the consolation semifinals, and it took just :45 for Sevilla to win.
Jarred Dupont placed seventh at 132 pounds, but was battling some sickness that kept him out of last weeks Adrian Irwin Memorial tournament.
Dupont, who is more comfortable wrestling at 126 pounds, should be able to get back to that weight class by the Riddle Invitational on Saturday, Oliver said.
Dupont beat Riversides Caleb Delfs with a 35-second pin in his first match, but then lost to McMinnvilles Dalton Donaldson by fall in the quarterfinals. Dupont then scored a technical fall against Ridgeviews Carson Dedmon in the consolation bracket. In the consolation semifinals, Dupont lost to Burns Thomas Cain 7-4, but then dispatched Walla Wallas Keanu Biagi to claim seventh place.
Freshman Jace Oppenlander finished eighth at 120 pounds with a 3-3 record, and Bryan Renteria won a match at 138 pounds to round out the Buffs who won at least one match.
Oliver said his wrestlers are improving every weekend, and with a few more numbers on the mats in the Free-Berry Classic, that is starting to show.
The kids are working hard and doing everything they need to, Oliver said. We have been working on our reshots and being aggressive while we have top position, and we just have to keep chugging along.
Oliver said theres a little less than two months left until the Buffs really have to wrestle well (the district tournament is Feb. 21-22 in La Pine, and state is in Portland the following weekend), and he thinks he should have a decent group make it through to state competition.
Were getting better and better every week, Oliver said. We should be able to send a good chunk of kids to state if we keep at it.