LA PINE — La Pine trailed by 12 points midway through its wrestling dual against Lakeview, but thanks to three wins by forfeit and three victories in the other four matches, the Hawks eventually topped the visiting Honkers 45-30.
A win by forfeit at 106 pounds started La Pine’s rally, which was followed by a 12-6 victory by Louden Oleachea at 113 to get the Hawks to within three points at 24-21. A pin by Lakeview extended the Honkers’ lead to nine, but the Hawks picked up 24 straight points to close the dual, capped by a Chris Love fall in 4 minutes, 34 seconds, at 145 pounds to seal the win.
“It’s always good to be positive going into the regional meet,” said La Pine coach Gary Slater, whose team heads to the Class 4A Special District 2 regional meet in La Grande next Friday. “We’re going in with some momentum.”
In other Thursday action:
East Linn Christian 29
LEBANON — Sara McKinney scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to victory in their final regular-season game of the year. With the win, Culver finishes fifth in the Tri-River Conference with a 6-8 record and will host East Linn Christian on Tuesday in a league playoff game. Hannah Lewis added seven points and Chantelle Seehawer contributed five points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (8-16 overall). Lori Sandy chipped in nine boards to go with her one point.
East Linn Christian 53
LEBANON — The Bulldogs led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter but scored just 17 points the rest of the way in their Tri-River Conference regular-season finale. Clay Gibson led Culver with 11 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Gerson Gonzalez and Ryan Fritz added nine points each for the Bulldogs (5-9, 10-14 overall). Culver, which finished sixth in the TRC, plays at Waldport on Monday in a league playoff game.