County grapplers find success despite illness

Outlaws wrestler Shane Lund subdues his opponent in the 132 lb. wight class at the John Rysdam Menorial wrestling tournament on Dec. 14-15. Lund eventually placed second in the finals.

Both Enterprise and Joseph/Wallowa wrestling squads traveled to Elgin for the John Rysdam Memorial Tournament on Dec. 14-15. Both teams put in fine performances despite each having lost half their squads due to illness.

Friday saw pod wrestling to determine whether wrestlers made it into A or B class categories. The day saw more than 170 matches wrestled. The meet ended at 9:30 p.m. with a long drive ahead for both squads, who had to start their return trip at 6:30 a.m. the next morning.

EHS coach Forrest Wilson was proud of his team’s performance. The Outlaws started out with six wrestlers of its 11 on the squad with three ending up in the top four finishers after the day’s battles.

Sophomore champion-in-the-making Trace Evans took the top spot at 138 pounds. Senior Shane Lund just missed the gold in the 132 lb. bracket, finally losing to a Baker High School wrestler in the finals match. Andy Huwe placed fourth in the heavyweight column.

Despite taking only half its squad, Joseph/Wallowa walked away with the best small team trophy, having won out over 10-12 other small schools, according to coach Tim Kiesecker.

Austin Brockamp placed first at 170 pounds, while Jonah Staigle took home the second-place trophy at 195 pounds. Michael Diggins also snagged a second place at 285 pounds and Gus Ramsden snagged the bronze at the 152-pound slot.

“It was a well-run tournament, and we did awesome. He added that “B” wrestler Harley Miller won three and lost one at 152 pounds while Brendan Moore, wrestled well at 132 pounds.

Both squads next wrestle Friday, Dec. 27, at Pomeroy. Wash.

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