Of the 16 wrestlers from Wallowa County who competed in the 2A/1A district wrestling tournament held in Crane last Saturday, four earned passes to the OSAA State Wrestling Tournament to be held Friday and Saturday in Portland.
Wyatt Warnock (220 lbs.) of Joseph and Matt Staigle (195 lbs.) of Enterprise both won individual district titles, while two more grapplers from EnterpriseKyle Roepke (145 lbs.) and John Green (160 lbs.) placed second and gained berths at the state meet as well.
Joseph, coached by Tim Kiesecker, entered five wrestlers in the tournament at Crane and all came home with place medals.
Warnock, who placed third at district one year ago as a sophomore at the conclusion of his first year of wrestling, won by pins while claiming the 220 lb. title. Warnock tallied a first round pin in his title match against a grappler from Grant Union.
JoHi sophomore Jared Wilcox (152 lbs.) claimed third place in his weight class, while Raymond Seal (113 lbs.), Blake Sharod (132 lbs.), and Daniel Parker (138 lbs.) all finished fourth in their respective weight classifications.
In addition to the three state-qualifiers from Enterprise, Caden Christman (126 lbs.) and Kurt Norton (285 lbs.) claimed third places, and earning a fourth place was Lars Skovlin (106 lbs.) Competing for EHS and not placing were Sheldon Baty (138 lbs.) and Sawyer Wick (170 lbs.)
Overall, the team performed very well at district, Enterprise coach Jed Stone said.
He singled out EHSs district champion and said, Matt Staigle left no doubt who the best 195-pounder in the district was. He easly (by an 18-3 decision) beat the wrestler who beat him two weeks before.
Stone added, Kyle Roepke and John Green also put out tremendous efforts in their final matches.
Wallowa coach Mel Byers was proud of the showing made by the three young wrestlers who represented WHS at district.
Of those three, Luis Mendez (106 lbs.) and Patrick Rummell (126 lbs.) placed fifth, and Alex Coutant (132 lbs.) placed sixth.
The host squad from Crane won the district team title by a large margin.