Small group of Buffs wrestle in first meet of the season

A small contingent of Madras High School wrestlers hit the mat for the first time Saturday at the Central Oregon Officials Open in Bend.

The White Buffalos finished with 50.5 points, good for 11th, and were led by a third-place finish from junior Bryce Vincent.

Vincent beat teammate Jace Oppenlander by technical fall in the second round in the 126-127-pound class, following a first-round bye, and then fell into the consolation bracket after a 7-2 loss to Culver freshman Saxton Schaffner. Vincent got on the right side of the ledger in the third-place final when he pinned Crane’s Andy Lamborn in the first round.

Junior Jarred Dupont finished fourth at 132-133 pounds, picking up a victory against Redmond’s Dayton Woodward with a first-round fall. He lost his next two matches by decision, but head coach Ron Oliver said both he and Vincent wrestled well.

“They aren’t happy where they are at right now, but maybe that’s good for this time of year,” Madras head coach Ron Oliver said. “They both wrestled some tough matches.”

Oppenlander, a freshman, placed seventh with a 2-2 record at 126-127 pounds. He picked up wins against Bend’s Luiz Navez with a fall at 3:33, and after two losses, defeated Mountain View’s Hayden Kingrey in a 7-4 decision.

“Jace wrestled real well for us,” Oliver said. “We can work on what he’s doing there, but he’s definitely got something good going. We need to fine tune him, and get him a little meaner.”

Senior heavyweight Miguel Sevilla finished fifth in the big-boy bracket with two straight wins via first-round fall. He pinned Summit’s John Murphy in 52 seconds, and them made quick work of Redmond’s Jake Brauchler in 38 seconds.

The small group of Buffs that traveled to Bend gave something for Oliver and his staff to see, but Oliver won’t totally know where his team stands until all the wrestlers perform in live competition.

“Some of our guys are heavier than what they will eventually compete at,” Oliver said. “We also had some guys out taking SATs and some who haven’t passed hydration tests yet, so our guys are kind of everywhere right now.”

Coming up Thursday, the Buffs will go to Summit High School to take on the Storm in a dual, and then they’ll spend the weekend competing in the Culver Invitatonal.

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