HILLSBORO — Through his first three matches at the Reser’s Tournament of Champions, Hermiston 195-pound senior John-Henry Line won by a combined four points.
Those close defensive battles caught up to him in the championship on Saturday at Liberty High School when Sprague’s Santos Cantu was able to edge him 3-2 for the coveted title.
Line had earned his spot in the finals with a win by that exact score over Crook County’s Cade Woodward in the semifinals, and he was the only one to advance from the five Bulldogs that reached the semis.
Hermiston started the day tied for fifth and finished sixth with 132 points.
Roseburg won the team title with 270, followed by Dallas (170), Newberg (140), Crater (135.5) and Culver (133) to round out the top five.
Hermiston 138-pounder C.J. Hendon placed third after bouncing back from a 10-9 loss to Sprague’s Michael Murphy in the semifinals. Hendon pinned Roseburg’s Austin David in 2:11 to reach the third-place match, where he then beat Kyle Beal of David Douglas 6-4.
Placing fourth for Hermiston were Valen Wyse (160 pounds), Julio Leiva (170) and Kenny Bevan (220).
Beau Blake (285) placed fifth, and Adrian Tuia (145) was sixth.
Hermiston will wrestled a dual at Hood River tonight.