The Hermiston Bulldogs wrestling team began its season on Saturday morning on the west side of the state, competing at the Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament in Oregon City.
The Bulldogs put together a solid day with a sixth place finish in the team standings with 134 points, despite not being at full strength due to a late finish of the football season with only 13 wrestlers traveling. Camas (WA) finished in first place as its 23 competitors tallied 250.5 points.
Hermiston’s best success of the day came in the lightweight classes, where both Alice Todryk at 106 pounds and Ruben Madrigal at 113 pounds earned first place finishes in their classes. Todryk pinned South Albany’s Logan Bond at 4:35 to get her win, while Madrigal pinned Hermiston teammate Isaac Lambert at 5:10 for the win.
The next-highest finishers for the Bulldogs were Zach Kirkpatrick taking second place at 182 pounds and Gage Shipley taking fifth place at 126 pounds. For Kirkpatrick, he lost out to The Dalles’ JR Scott, who pinned Kirkpatrick at 0:27.
Hermiston next wrestles on Friday for a dual at Post Falls, Idaho at 7 p.m.
ENTERPRISE KICK OFF: The Echo/Stanfield Cougars and Hermiston JV wrestling teams got their seasons underway at the Enterprise Kick Off on Friday afternoon with good results.
Echo had the best day of the local teams with a second place finish in the team standings with 72 points. Kenny Bevan, Mychael Pointer and Logan Butler all earned first place finishes. Pointer won at 152 by fall over Joseph’s Guylen Snyder at 5:03, Bevan beat Enterprise’s Drew Widener by fall at 0:40, and Butler beat Imbler’s Zach Brown by fall at 0:36. Echo’s other placers were Daylong Eng in third at 126, Alissa Humbert in second at 132B, Kyle Ranger third at 132 and Ethan Piercy second at 132A.
Hermiston had 13 wrestlers earn top-4 placings and finished fourth with 63 points. Sam Marsengill’s first place at 132 pounds B bracket was the best individual finish of the day. The rest of Hermiston’s placers were Skyler Foreman in second (113), Rene Ceniceros third (113), Jonathan Krumwiede fourth (120A), Emmanuel Carillo-Alatorre third (138), Christopher Lomelli fourth (138), Omar Ceniceros second (145), Daniel Shipley third (152), Kelson Robertson third (160), Israel Dominguez fourth (170), Gavin Hellinger fourth (170A), Zane Davis fourth (195) and Adrian Solis second (285).
Enterprise won the team competition with 84 points.