The county’s two wrestling teams can’t seem to find a peak they can’t scale. Last week, the Outlaws traveled to Idaho while Joseph/Wallowa traveled to Pine Eagle. Both teams returned with plenty of hardware.
The Pine Eagle tournament Jan. 26, was essentially a mirror of what’s expected at district. The Eagles took home the crown after wrestling nine other teams. Even with a limited number of wrestlers, the Eagles flew past John Day, which brought twice as many wrestlers.
“We wrestled really, really well,” said coach Tim Kiesecker. “I’m happy about our first place in the tournament. We won it with just five kids!”
The Eagles garnered three first-place finishes in the tournament with superstar Steven Beckman taking his usual first-place win at 106 pounds. Cole Kiesecker, who dropped a weight class to compete at 195, walked away with his second consecutive gold medal finish and Zeb Ramsden took home the gold at 120.
Austin Brockamp and Jonah Staigle caught the silver at 160, and 182, respectively
“All the kids are peaking just about right,” Kiesecker said. “It’s really been a pleasure. I’m proud of all of my kids, the way they’ve come together.”
The Outlaws Idaho travels saw coach Troy Farwell split the team with Cole Farwell and Shane Lund competing at the R.D. Brown Invitational in New Plymouth, Idaho, while the rest competed at the Caldwell JV Tournament. Coach Farwell attended the Caldwell tournament while his wife, Lisa Farwell, accompanied Lund and Farwell to their tournament, where several coaches took charge of the two boys.
Lund and Farwell took the top spots at 120 and 126, respectively.
“They wrestled against some much larger schools,” Coach Farwell said. “I’m proud of the way they performed.”
The Caldwell tournament saw Trace Evans take home the gold at 132-pound B class while Evan Johnson took third in the A class at the same weight. Drew Widener took sixth at 195, and Klint Norton took second at 285.
“The whole team wrestled well,” Farwell said.
Both squads will compete at districts Friday in Joseph.