One minute and 38 seconds.
That is all La Pine senior Trentyn Tennant needed to win the 171-pound championship Saturday at the Central Oregon Officials Association Invitational.
“I had a really good warm-up and I was just trying to be aggressive because this is the first tournament and this is the first time the other wrestlers are going to see us, so I wanted to look good and get my matches over with and win them,” Tennant said.
After pinning his first opponent in 52 seconds, Tennant needed only 46 seconds in the finals.
“I didn’t break a sweat,” he said. “I tried a few new things that I’ve been working on in practice with the coaches and it worked really well.”
Tennant was one of three La Pine wrestlers to win their weight classes, joining Carmelo Farfaglia (107) and Dylan Mann (114), as the Hawks scored 125 points to tie Culver for second place in the 12-team tournament.
Mountain View finished with 182 points to place first.
The Cougars had four individual champions: Cannon Potts (153), Carson Fassett (161), Colton Burkhardt (183) and Blake Ohlson (196).
“We treat today more like a training day than a match,” Mountain View coach Les Combs said of the annual season-opening tournament, hosted by Bend High. “So we’re a little tired, which is OK. We’re where we want to be. It’s nothing spectacular but we’re getting better.”
Burkhardt, a transfer from Crook County, won his two matches by decision, 7-0 and 7-2.
“I go as hard as I can in practice every day just trying to make myself better and get my endurance up and ultimately that’s what helps me get past these tougher matches,” Burkhardt said. “It builds that confidence in me and gets me ready for what’s to come.”
Culver also had three champions — Lorenzo Vasquez at 127 pounds, Anthony Hood at 139 and Cylus Hoke at 221.
Heavyweight Jacob Lehnherr gave Bend, which placed fourth with 107.5 points, its only individual title.
Lehnherr pinned Rory Eck, of Mountain View, in the third period.
“It was a battle. We went back and forth the whole time,” Lehnherr said. “I just kept the pressure on him and out-conditioned him and didn’t stop fighting until the end. It felt amazing to have a match like that. It definitely gives me a confidence boost.”
Combs was proud of how Eck, who weighed in at 215 pounds, competed against a bigger wrestler.
“That was a big surprise for us,” Combs said. “He’s really our 220-pounder. He wrestled really well today. He was in the lead and got turned and pinned.”
Bend coach Luke Larwin was impressed with what he saw from two of his runners-up — James Anderson at 139 pounds and Nate Denney at 196.
Anderson lost to Culver’s Hood, a Class 2A/1A state runner-up last season, by an 11-6 decision.
“James had the match in the bag and made a mistake and the kid capitalized and that’s what good wrestlers do,” Larwin said.
Denney also had a tough draw, losing to Ohlson by fall in the finals.
“Nate’s just a fantastic athlete,” Larwin said. “He’s (Ohlson) a much more experienced wrestler than him and we knew he was the underdog in that one. He’s going to keep improving.”
Danny Cornejo won the 133-pound title for Ridgeview, and Orlando Torres took home the 146-pound championship for Madras. Crook County’s Jace England edged Bend freshman Davey Smith 5-4 in the 120-pound finals.
“With a freshman you don’t know what to expect and he did some things in his matches that I was impressed by,” Larwin said.
Bend had three champions in the girls tournament — Kyleigh Cuevas (117), Fatima Albanian (157) and Luna L’Argent (199).
Olivia Flack (115) and Evangelina Toruno (168) won titles for La Pine, and Ridgeview’s Brooke Seber placed first at 142 pounds.
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