LA PINE — One match remained, and it would decide the outcome of the dual meet between Ridgeview and La Pine.
It was the 170-pound matchup between Ridgeview’s Chase Wolford and La Pine’s Tyler Markland, and in 2 minutes, 52 seconds, Wolford registered a pin, giving the Ravens a 37-30 win on Thursday night.
“I was just hoping we would wrestle hard and wrestle well and let the chips fall where they may,” Ridgeview coach Dan Elliott said. “But we got a few wins and came out on top.”
The Hawks took five of the first seven matches of the meet, including a pin by Chad Jaynes in 2:56 at 220 pounds, but the Ravens answered by winning five of the final seven contests, starting with Alex Palacios’ fall of La Pine’s Sean Brantley at 126 and capped by Wolford’s pin.
“Palacios, he’s just a freshman,” Elliott said. “He went out and just wrestled his heart out and got a fall.”
Both La Pine and Ridgeview pick things up on Saturday at the Bend Invitational.
In other Thursday action:
Mountain View 21
The Panthers broke a 15-15 tie by winning four of their next five matches to pull away from the host Cougars. Redmond senior Brandon Short defeated Mountain View sophomore Kaleb Winebarger 7-0 at 126 pounds to give the Panthers an 18-15 advantage and Ty George’s 7-3 win over Tracy Pitcher at 132 made it 21-15. Cougar senior Kyler Ayers posted a 3-2 win at 138 pounds to pull Mountain View within three points, 21-18, but back-to-back pins by Chance Lindquist at 145 pounds and Sarek Shields at 152 helped secure the win for Redmond. Trevor Roberts highlighted the night for the Cougars with a third-period pin over Casey Gates at 195 pounds. Mountain View coach Les Combs also pointed out Nathan Martin’s 10-6 victory at 160 pounds over Redmond freshman Hunter Smith. Both the Cougars and the Panthers are back on the mat Saturday at the Bend Invitational.
In his first year wrestling and in his first varsity start, Bend High’s Cade Foisset came out in full force, pinning Max Burbidge of Summit in 3:26 of the 195-pound match. That set the tone, Bend coach Luke Larwin said, as Michael Hageman (220) and Drue Bernstein (285) followed with back-to-back falls in the host Lava Bears’ dual-meet win against the Storm. Bend hosts the Bend Invitational on Saturday. Summit, which saw Tommy Brown (113) and Hayes Joyner (170) record falls, entertains Ridgeview next Thursday.
BANKS — Madras saw five wrestlers record pins, including three that occurred less than a minute into each match, as the White Buffaloes picked up the victory against the Braves. Bryce Vincent (113 pounds) registered a fall in 47 seconds, followed by a 39-second pin by Samuel Flores (120) and later by a 42-second fall by Joe Hisatake (145). Ian Oppenlander (106) and Miguel Sevilla (285) also notched pins, as Madras took all but one match, excluding three weight classes in which the White Buffaloes forfeited to Banks. Madras heads to Seaside today for the two-day Pacific Rim Wrestling Tournament.