By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Record
In many ways, the Oregon Classic Wrestling Tournament in Redmond is a preview of the district matchups for Enterprise.
From that vantage point, the team has a great deal to look forward to, concluded coach Troy Farwell.
Seven Outlaws competed against other Division 2A teams. Enterprise took team victories in two of the first three duals on Friday, defeating Knappa 39-30, and Heppner/Ione 36-18, and losing to Central Linn of Halsey 60-23.
In the Knappa matchup, Trace Evans decisioned Luke Gooze, 9-7, at the 132-pound level and Drew Widener scored a pin over Cristian Rodriguez at 195 pounds. Shane Lund and Cole Farwell, at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively, did not have Knappa opponents. Neither did Dylan Staigle or Klint Norton.
“Gooze was a state qualifier last year and a good wrestler so Trace, as a junior, put in an excellent performance,” Coach Farwell said.
Four weight categories were contested against Heppner/Ione.
Lund defeated Trevor Antonucci, Farwell topped Leo Waite and Staigle defeated Zach Bredfield, all by pin.
Enterprise’s fourth wrestler was Hafizh Al Farizi, who was pinned by Heppner/Ione’s Ethan Holmgren.
Coach Farwell said Antonucci and Waite will likely be waiting for a rematch at the district tournament.
Enterprise had three wins and four losses against Central Linn. Lund, Farwell and Trace Evans all took wins, Farwell by a technical fall and the remaining two wins pins.
Staigle, Al Farizi, Charlie Evans at 138 pounds and Klint Norton at 285 pounds posted losses.
Pairings for Saturday were made based on performances Friday. Enterprise lost to Lowell 45-30 and to Grant Union/Prairie City 54-30.
Farwell, Trace Evans, Staigle and Norton wrestled against Lowell. Farwell posted a win by fall, Evans lost in a 10-4 decision, Staigle lost in a fall and Norton last by fall.
Lund, Farwell, Trace Evans, Staigle and Widener notched wins against Grant Union/Prairie City and Norton lost his match.
Enterprise bested Crane, 38-30, in the match for seventh place. Farwell, Trace Evans, Staigle and Al Farizi had wins, and Charlie Evans lost by fall.