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Grapplers on the road to district

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on January 24, 2018 1:33PM

Both Enterprise and the Joseph/Wallowa wrestling teams ventured out for the weekend taking on all comers at the Clearwater Classic in Lewiston and the Bank of Eastern Oregon Invitational in Heppner, respectively. Both tournaments occurred Jan. 20.

“We just did really well at Heppner,” said Eagles/Wallowa coach Tim Kiesecker. “We wrestled amazing and it’s good to see us peaking this close to district.”

Steven Beckman, Austin Brockamp and Cole Kiesecker placed first in the 106-, 160- and 220-pound weight categories, respectively. Freshman Zeb Ramsden placed second at 120 pounds and Jonah Staigle placed fourth.

“We came out fourth, team-wise,” Kiesecker said. “We beat John Day, who brought 24 wrestlers while we had five.”

Kiesecker added that Beckman won the trophy for outstanding wrestler of the tournament by a unanimous vote.

The team heads to Halfway for what Kiesecker calls a pre-district match up.

The Clearwater Classic in Lewiston, which featured many schools larger than EHS, still saw the Outlaws making their mark on the landscape placing 11th out of seventeen teams. Wrestlers Shane Lund and Cole Farwell racked up their usual first-place finishes in the 120- and 126-pound categories. Charlie Evans notched a third at 132 and Dylan Staigle placed sixth at 138.

Teammates Drew Widener and Klint Norton notched sixth-place finishes at 195- and 285-pounds, respectively.

“I think we all wrestled well this weekend,” said coach Troy Farwell. “It’s the kind of competition we’re looking for. It was a good tournament.”

The weekend will see Lund and Cole Farwell participating in a tournament at New Plymouth, Idaho while the rest of the team will wrestle in Caldwell, Idaho. Farwell noted that the New Plymouth tournament would be the first time he wasn’t there to coach son Cole Farwell.


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