REDMOND — Culver is well on its way to a baker’s dozen of Oregon Wrestling Classic titles, while four other Central Oregon teams are in position to make title runs in their respective classifications after Friday’s round-robin action at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.
The Classic, a two-day tournament billed as Oregon’s dual-meet state championship, features 96 teams from throughout the state, including some of the top programs around, like Class 6A Roseburg and 5A Hermiston, each of which has won nine state titles since 2007; Crook County, the 4A state champs in four of the past five years; 2A/1A Lowell, which has finished runner-up at state to Culver seven times in the past eight years and, of course, Culver, which has won 10 state titles in the past 11 years.
The 12-time defending 2A/1A Classic champion Bulldogs coasted to a first-place finish in Pool 1, winning 18-0 over an independent teams known as the Grapplers, 75-6 over North Lake and 71-0 over Vernonia.
For Culver, Lorenzo Vasquez went 3-0 at 126 pounds with two first-period falls. Orlando Torres, at 126, and Jorge Olivera, at 145, each had two pins in their two matches.
In 5A, Mountain View took first in Pool 3 after beating Eagle Point 60-21, Springfield 78-3, Molalla 49-28, and Sandy 48-23. Luke Schulz recorded a pin in each of his four wins at 182 for the Cougars, while Blake Ohlson (126) and Frankie Lesowski (170) both went 4-0 with three falls.
Also in 5A, Redmond placed second in Pool 2, as only a 55-18 setback against reigning state champion Crater stood between the Panthers and a perfect record. The Panthers defeated Hillsboro 51-28, Pendleton 42-28 and Hermiston II 78-0. Bailey Fisher led Redmond with a 4-0 record at 152 that included three first-period falls. Clayton Elrod, at 160, also won four matches with three pins, while Kagen Lawrence, at 106, and Austin Carter, at 170, both went unbeaten for Redmond.
Crook County, which took second in 4A at the Classic last year, won Pool 1 with wins over Yamhill-Carlton (79-0), Douglas (67-9) and Baker (57-18). Caleb Parrott went 3-0 with three first-period falls at 285 for the Cowboys, while Kyle Knudtson, at 170, and Mario Hansen, at 220, each recorded two pints as part of undefeated records. Also for Crook County, Hunter Mode (106), Tannon Joyner (113), Tyler Fioravanti (138) and Calum Wilcox (195) went 3-0 with two falls.
A year after taking second at the Classic, La Pine got off to a strong start in 3A with wins over Jefferson (48-33), Vale (62-6), Mountain View II (41-15) and Harrisburg (43-27) to win Pool 3. Alex Dudley, at 138, and Dominic Norquist, at 145, each won four matches for La Pine, including three pins. Tommy Gallamore went 4-0 at 126 with two falls for the Hawks, while Derrik Kerr finished 4-0 at 120.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the championship quarterfinals in their respective classifications.
Cyrus Tadjiki was 3-1 with three pins for Bend High, which was fifth in 5A pool 4 after losses to Thurston (64-18), Putnam (45-36), Hermiston (57-24) and Wilsonville (58-24). Noah Rossi also went 3-1 for the Lava Bears. Ridgeview fell 61-0 to Dallas, 53-21 against Milwaukie, 47-29 versus Hood River Valley, and 64-16 against Silverton to take fifth in 5A pool 1. Mike Potter, at 145, and Noah Brown, at 170, each had two falls for the Ravens.
Elsewhere in 4A, Sisters and Madras placed fifth in their respective pools. Harrison Manu finished 4-0 with four pins for Madras, which lost to Tillamook 78-6, McLoughlin 48-21, Cascade 66-12, and Mazama 64-18. Ethan Martin (195) and Casey Warburton (285) both went 3-1 for Sisters, which fell 63-18 to Scappoose, 61-12 versus Marshfield, 66-18 against Estacada and 54-23 versus North Marion.