The Bend Invitational came down to the final match.
Although the winner of that match, Mountain View junior Titus Schulz, had no idea.
“I didn’t know until after, which is good. It’s better to just wrestle,” Schulz said after defeating Canby’s Stephen Rue by a 15-4 major decision in the 220-pound finals to catapult the Cougars to a 202.5-199 victory over runner-up Pendleton.
Schulz was just happy to be wrestling again after partially tearing an MCL two months ago in Mountain View’s first-round football playoff game against Tualatin.
The Bend Invitational, held Saturday at Bend High, was his first tournament of the season.
“It’s just great to be back,” Schulz said. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in the past so I don’t take it for granted anymore. I was able to tire him (Rue) out a bit and I think I wanted it a lot more.”
The Cougars put nine wrestlers into the finals and four emerged as champions.
The finals at 126 and 145 were all-Mountain View affairs: Sophomore Trent Mills pinned freshman Ryder Fassett for the 126-pound championship, and junior Beau Ohlson defeated sophomore Tanner Higham by a 15-6 major decision for the 145-pound title.
Colton Burkhardt then topped La Pine’s Trentyn Tennant 7-1 in the 170-pound finals.
“I think the biggest thing that comes out of it (Bend Invitational) is our kids compete and do our best,” Mountain View coach Les Combs said. “It was a good event for us. We don’t have to travel far and we do great.”
With 135 points, Bend finished strong to tie La Pine for fourth place out of 13 teams.
Down by a point, the Lava Bears’ Nathan Denney got a takedown on Ridgeview’s Cole Jackson in the final five seconds to win the 182-pound championship 5-4.
“I knew I had to make something happen,” Denney said. “I’ve lost to this kid before in the Adrian Irwin finals (two weeks earlier). I kind of had something to prove. My whole family is here and I knew I had to get it done. I saw an opening. He was tired and I saw the legs and I went for them.
“It’s a huge confidence booster and I’m just really encouraged. I love wrestling and I’m excited for the rest of the season. I’m just excited to get my first tournament win.”
Bend senior Payton Davis then defeated Mountain View’s Blake Ohlson 6-0 in the 195-pound finals. Also for the Lava Bears, James Anderson won the 138-pound championship.
La Pine was led by two freshmen as Carmelo Farfaglia won the 106-pound championship 8-3 and Dylan Mann defeated Mountain View’s Caleb Potts by a 10-2 major decision in the 113 finals.
Ridgeview placed sixth as a team with 102 points.
Bend topped La Pine, 66-51, to bring home the girls championship.
The Lava Bears had three individual champions — Analise Smith at 110 pounds, Kyleigh Cuevas at 115 and Charli Stewart at 120.
The Hawks also had three champs — Olivia Flack at 100-105, Evangelina Toruno at 155-170 and Jasmine O’Neill at 190.
Mountain View’s girls placed fourth, as Taylor Ohlson won the 135-pound title.
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