Hermiston had three wrestlers place in the top eight, and the Bulldogs finished in the top 10 of the team standings Saturday at the prestigious Gut Check tournament at ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

Sophomore Sam Cadenas, who advanced to the semifinals at 220 pounds, was the top Dawg on the weekend, finishing fifth.

Cadenas posted a 10-3 decision over Carter Thomas of Orting in the 5-6 placing match.

Trevor Wagner dropped from 170 pounds to 160 for the tournament, and placed seventh. He pinned Jaxsen Tuttle of Connell in his final match.

Dustyn Coughlin placed eighth at 285 pounds, losing the 7-8 placing match to Terrell Underwood of Toppenish, who pinned Coughlin in 2:05.

Hermiston, which had six men still alive for Day 2, including Aiden Favorite (106), Daniel Faaeteete (182) and Jon Lee (220), was eighth in the team standings with 76.5 points after the first day.

Blair Academy (New Jersey), one of the top high school wrestling teams in the country, crowned seven champions and won the team title with 351 points.

Toppenish was second with 208, followed by Chiawana with 161.

Hermiston finished 10th with 89.5 points in the field of 69 teams.

Hermiston is back on the mat Jan. 15, hosting Hanford and Kamiakin in a pair of Mid-Columbia Conference duals.

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