Champions: Joseph, Enterprise place six atop podium at Northeast Oregon Classic

Joseph's 130 pound Pat Lynn puts the squeeze on Brady Lindsey from Pine Eaglefor the pin late in the second period. Photo by Kim Lamb

The Pine Eagle Spartans walked away with the team title at the Enterprise Northeast Oregon Classic over the weekend scoring 172.1 points for the two day, nine team tournament. Joseph was the big winner locally finishing second in Enterprise's dual meet on Friday and in third place overall with 110.1 in Saturday's championship round. Enterprise finished the tournament in fourth with 103 points. Wallowa finished in seventh with 24.1 points.

Joseph had a good showing in the championship round on Saturday sending four wrestlers to stand atop the winners podium. Thane Shetler started things off in a hurry for the Eagles in the 119 pound weight class by pinning J.W. Osborne of Pine Eagle in :49 seconds.

Pat Lynn had a tough match in the 130 pound division pinning Brady Lindsey from Pine Eagle late in the second period.

Randall Eschler won a 7-0 decision over Dustin Heideman of Grant Union at 140 pounds. This was Eschlers first week out for wrestling after receiving a broken arm early in the season in football.

The 152 pound match saw Joseph's Aaron White win a major decision of 13-3 over Zeke Martin of Grant Union.

"We had a great weekend," said Joseph Wrestling Coach Dave Yost." Our performance here is about head and shoulders above where we were over the first two weeks. We really turned the corner yesterday and today," he said.

The Eagles had a close match up with Grant Union on Friday that Joseph won in the last match with Joseph's 189 pounder, Clayton Lowe pinning his grant Union opponent to win it 36-34..

Joseph went down to the wire with Pine Eagle after the Spartans jumped out to a 24-0 lead. The Eagles came back to hold the lead going into the final match but lost to the Spartans in the end.

Enterprise finished fourth in the duals on Friday after losing to Grant Union 34-30. The Red and Black had a good showing against Elgin earlier on Friday defeating the Huskies 34-30 before falling to falling to Pine Eagle 60-24.

Enterprise sent six wrestlers into the individual finals on Saturday with two finishing atop their brackets. Austin Himes pulled out a victory at 135 pounds over Pine Eagle's Tyler Miller at the 4:35 mark of the match. Jimmy Van Belle continued on the winning track by pinning Jeff Chamberlain at 189 pounds midway through the second period.

Collin Cunningham wrestling at 145 pounds, was slammed to the mat in a match that ended in a default win for Nick Steiner of Grant Union.

Cunningham was taken to Wallowa Memorial Hospital to be checked out for a possible concussion.

"Overall we did great for only having six wrestlers," said EHS Wrestling Coach Troy Farwell. "Jimmy Van Belle and Austin Himes had a great tournament," he added.

Wallowa's Brandon Frei had a good showing for the Cougars finishing second after being pinned by Zac Meyers of Imbler in the second period of the match. "Brandon did very well today he used his head and wrestled smart," said Wallowa Wrestling Coach Jason Crenshaw.

The Cougars had a number of wrestlers out due to illness and didn't have a full team present

"It's going to be a good year the kids have a positive attitude and that's what counts really in the long run," Crenshaw said. Farwell thanked the Enterprise Wrestling Boosters Club for their invaluable support so far this season and all the teams that traveled to the Northeast Oregon Classic to make it a big success.

Team scores:

1.,Pine Eagle 172.1

2.,Grant Union 123.3

3.,Joseph 110.1

4.,Enterprise 103.0

5.,Imbler 57.1

6.,Union 40.1

7.,Wallowa 24.1

8.,Stanfield 15.1

9.,Condon 13.1

Weight Class Results

103 Pounds

1st Bryton Hills ,Pine Eagle by a major decision of 10-1 over Justin Moncrief ,Enterprise 3rd Kyle Schoeningh, Joseph by pin in 1.06 over Jeremy Hyde , Grant Union

112 Pounds

1st Janssen Hills , Pine Eagle by pin in 1.38 over Andy Wallace , Enterprise

3rd DJ Lippert Crant Union by a major decision of 13-0 over Kyle Clough, Joseph

119 Pounds

1st Thane Shetler, Joseph by pin in 0:49 over JW Osborn Pine Eagle 3rd Justin Law (UN) (BYE) BYE (bye)

125 Pounds

1st Josh Arnall, Grant Union by a major decision of 12-2 over Jake McCleary, Enterprise 3rd Seth Mendel (IM) by pin in 0.16 over Ronnie Sauer (UN)

130 Pounds

1st Pat Lynn, Joseph by pin in 4.00 over Brady Lindsey Pine Eagle 3rd Dylan Lewis , Joseph by pin in 5.26 over Lani Bonson Pine Eagle

135 Pounds

1st Austin Himes , Enterprise by pin in 4.35 over Tyler Miller Pine Eagle

3rd Cody Rickert (WA) (BYE) BYE (bye)

140 Pounds

1st Randall Eschler Joseph by a decision of 7-0 over Dustin Heideman, Grant Union

3rd Steven McElroy (ST) by pin in 2.05 over Josh Stuart (PE)

145 Pounds

1st Nick Stiner, Grant Union by default over Collin Cunningham, Enterprise

3rd Justin Bartlett GU (UNA) by pin in 3.26 over Bradly Lindsey (PE)

152 Pounds

1st Aaron White, Joseph by a major decision of 13-3 over Zeke Martin, Grant Union

3rd Tyler Ransom (PE) by pin in 1.02 over Mike Gamboa JO (UNA)

160 Pounds

1st Zac Myers, Imbler by pin in 1.02 over Brandon Frei, Wallowa 3rd Justin Cernazanu (GU) by a decision of 10-5 over Peter Diezel GU (UNA)

171 Pounds

1st Daniel Johnson (IM) by a decision of 4-0 over Jeff Smith IM (UNA) 3rd Sam Stinnett (GU) by pin in 1.14 over Mitch Weir PE (UNA)

189 Pounds

1st Jimmy VanBelle, Enterprise by pin in 3.26 over Jeff Chamberlin Pine Eagle

3rd David Bednar (CN) by a decision of 9-4 over Clayton Lowe (JO)

215 Pounds

1st Chris Gruenzner (PE) by pin in 2.36 over John Waite (UN) 3rd Jess Sanchez (JO) (BYE) BYE (bye)

275 Pounds

1st Nick Melchior (PE) by pin in 0.40 over Ben Hyde (GU) 3rd Jarrid Magee (UN) by pin in 1.05 over Josh Stout UN (UNA)

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