Both the Outlaws and Eagles had made their mark at separate tourneys Dec. 8-9 weekend. The Outlaws traveled to La Grande for the Muilenberg Invitational, while the Eagles visited Culver.
The Outlaws, competing with 19, mostly larger, schools, many much larger, came away from the tournament with the small schools trophy, while grapplers Shane Lund (12-0), Cole Farwell (12-0) and Dylan Staigle (10-4) each made their mark in the 120 lb, 132 lb and 138 lb weight classes respectively.
Coach Troy Farwell noted that Lund and Cole Farwell won tops in their weight division while seeing some stiff competition from other wrestlers.
“Shane wrestled Alex Kehr, a really tough kid from La Grande, and Cole wrestled two kids who challenge him a lot,” the coach said. His quarter-final and semi-final matches were the toughest he had. In his quarter-final match (Zyle Blas of Bethel), he was down by two going into the final minute, and with 30 seconds to go, got a reversal to tie it up.” A near-fall followed, along with a Farwell victory.
Coach Farwell said that he’s looking forward to the rest of the season. He said he and the team enjoy wrestling teams from other areas, so they’re not wrestling the same kids over and over. No one on the team has twice wrestled the same opponent.
“These are the kinds of matches we go up there for,” Farwell said. “We get matches that push us, and it’s exciting when we come away with a win.”
The Outlaws traveled to Elgin for the John Rysdam tournament Dec. 15-16, coming away with mixed results. The grapplers finished sixth of 11 teams on the opening day with the usual first-place performances of Lund and Cole Farwell in their brackets. Wrestlers Klint Norton and Dylan Staigle also placed in the top three.
The following day was a bit of a letdown. Although Lund and Farwell won their categories, two of the team’s grapplers didn’t make weight, which sent the coach scrambling to find matches for them
“We did OK,” said coach Farwell. He added that Staigle turned in an impressive performance at 138 lbs.
The Outlaws next wrestle at Pasco, Wash., Dec. 23.
The combined Joseph/Wallowa Eagles also wrestled well at Culver on Dec. 8-9 and the Rysdam tournament on Dec. 15-16.
Culver saw the team led by the first-place win mighty Steven Beckman winning at the 113 lb. slot while Zeb Ramsden placed third in the 120 lb category. Overall the Eagles placed 10th in a field of 14.
The Rysdam tournament proved more fruitful for the Eagles with the team winning the small school trophy. The Eagles were again led by yet another first-place performance of Beckman’s and third-place finishes by Zeb Ramsden, Gus Ramsden and Austin Brockamp in the 120, 160 and 170 pound brackets, respectively. Cole Kiesecker placed fourth in the 220 pound slot. Joseph placed fourth in a field of 11 teams.
“They all wrestled really hard and they wrestled well,” said coach Tim Kiesecker. “There were a lot of 4A schools.” He added that the larger schools also brought along their first-string wrestlers to compete. “It was a tough tournament,” he said.
The Eagles next wrestle at Pomeroy, Wash. on Dec. 29.