Derek Wiley
The Bulletin

REDMOND ­­— Though he was wrestling in his first Oregon Classic, Culver sophomore Jordan Piercy knew exactly what was expected of him.

The 113-pounder earned a 9-5 decision over Glide’s Dennak Towne to lead off the Bulldogs, who rolled past the Wildcats, 54-24, to claim their 14th straight Class 2A/1A Oregon Classic championship Saturday night at the Deschutes County fairgrounds’ Bank of the Cascades Center.

Piercy’s victory came after his brother Brody won by forfeit at 106 pounds.

“I’d seen the kid (Towne) wrestle before and he looked pretty good,” Jordan Piercy said. “I was excited to go out there and wrestle. It felt good. I enjoyed being counted on.”

Culver recorded four pins to go along with one major decision and a technical fall to defeat Glide, which is in its first season in 2A/1A after moving down from Class 3A.

“We had some kids that had to dig deep and wrestle well,” Culver coach J.D. Alley said. “It’s a great day to be a Bulldog. Kids fought really, really hard. Glide was the best team for us to wrestle in this tournament for sure. They proved that, and they’re going to be a formidable foe in February as well I’m sure.”

Brody Piercy went 8-0 during the two-day Classic in its dual-meet format. Also for Culver, Lane Downing (138 and 145 pounds) was 6-0 and Cylus Hoke went 7-0, wrestling at 195 and 220 pounds.

Crook County, a perennial 4A power that moved up a classification starting this season, lost to Dallas 38-29 in the 5A finals.

“It doesn’t matter what ‘A’ we wrestle in,” Cowboys coach Jake Gonzales said. “We wrestle all the toughest schools. It’s a battle. We come here for a reason and we have a tough schedule. Our guys are tough. They’ll be ready to go. At the end of the day, this doesn’t mean all that much. We’re focusing on the end of February. We want to win every tournament we’re in but we came up a little short and sometimes that’s how it goes.”

Crook County wrestlers Hunter Mode (126-132), Zachary Mauras (132-138), Kyle Knudston (182) and Jaxson Rhoden (195-220) all went 7-0 over the two days.

Bend High placed second in the inaugural Oregon Classic girls duals. The Lava Bears lost to Hood River Valley 30-18 in the finals.

“I didn’t know what our team was capable of until really now,” said Bend sophomore Charli Stewart, who was 6-0 with six pins. “We’re a solid team. We have a lot of new people but they’re really tough and willing to fight. It’s exciting to see how our team is coming together.”

The Mountain View boys defeated West Linn 45-24 to place third in 6A.

The Cougars lost to Roseburg 47-19 in the semifinals after defeating new district foe Sprague 56-20 in the quarterfinals.

“It’s hard to make a whole judgment but it felt good because they’ve (Sprague) been top dog in that (Salem-based) league for a while and they’re one of the best teams in the state. but they were a little light-handed,” Mountain View coach Les Combs said, “They were missing two pretty good kids. Even if those kids were in the lineup, I think we would have been OK.

“We wrestled them at the Northwest Duals last year and they whooped us, for third and fourth, so I guess that was a little bit of a payback.”

Mountain View junior Blake Ohlson went 7-0 at 182 pounds. Beau Ohlson (138-145) and Carson Fassett (152-160) were both 6-0.

The Cougars are scheduled to wrestle Sprague again in a league dual on Feb. 1 at McNary.

Crook County and Culver are back in action Tuesday night, when the Cowboys host the Bulldogs in the annual Cowdog Classic.

“We definitely won’t be favored,” Alley said, “but we like to tell our kids that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.”

­­— Reporter: 541-383-0307, dwiley@bendbulletin.com

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