Summit won nine of 14 matches against visiting Madras on Thursday, including five by forfeit, to take its first wrestling dual of the season 48-26.
Austin Katter at 152 pounds and Noah Yunker at 195 recorded pins to lead the host Storm. Summit coach Tom Nelson also pointed out the performance of freshman Grant Leiphart, who topped the White Buffaloes’ Bryce Vincent 4-2 in the 126-pound match. Leiphart’s win was especially impressive as he was coming off back-to-back losses at last weekend’s Central Oregon Officials Open at Mountain View High School in Bend. At the same tournament, Vincent went 2-1 and placed third.
“That was a really tough match to end the night,” Nelson said. “Vincent is one of (Madras’) best guys.”
Dustin Reyes earned the Storm’s other non-forfeit victory, topping Trevor Parsons 6-2 at 145 pounds.
The upper-weight classes highlighted the nonleague match for the Buffs. Hayden Manu won by fall at 220 pounds for Madras, as did Miguel Sevilla at 285. Sevilla pinned Summit’s John Murphy with 22 seconds left in the first period. It was his second win over Murphy in six days as he defeated the Storm heavyweight 2-1 last Saturday in the C.O. Officials Tourney.
Ian Oppenlander (106 pounds) and Jared Dupont (132) also posted non-forfeit victories for the visiting White Buffaloes.
“The kids wrestled really tough,” Nelson said about his squad, which competes in the Springfield Tournament on Saturday. “It was a good first match.”
Madras is back on the road Saturday at the Culver Invitational.