Wallowa County wrestlers converged on Orofino, Idaho over the weekend to compete at the Orofino Maniac Invitational. Enterprise was the top local team finishing in fourth with 113 points. Joseph ended up in the number 16 spot with 32 points and Wallowa was in 21st place with 11 points. The Orofino team was the overall champion with 195 points with Aberdeen, Idaho in second with 149.5 points. Kamiah rounded out the top teams with 119 points.
"When you go to a tournament with ten guys and other teams have 20-22, placing fourth is great. The kids are really stepping up on their way to district," said EHS Wrestling Coach Troy Farwell.
Enterprise's Austin Himes, ranked first in state in the 2A 130 pound weight class, walked away with Wallowa Counties only first place finish after defeating Richie Turcott from Orofino by a 12-7 decision. Himes was defeated by Turcott at the Orofino Tournament last year. " The win showed Austin that he has improved and that his level of wrestling is better than last year," Farwell said.
Jake McCleary and Andy Wallace came away with second place awards at the event in the 119 and 112 weight classes.
McCleary was defeated by Mark Farmer from Prairie in the championship round by a 10-7 decision. Wallace lost to Sol Sackett of St Marie by a close 6-3 decision.
Jimmy Van Belle lost in the semi finals at 189 pounds to a Washington State Champion Josh Burbank from Republic by a 16-9 margin, but came back in the consolation round to finish third with a win over Steve Aiken from Grangeville, Idaho by a 9-7 decision.
Justin Moncrief also finished third with a come back win in the third period over Tyler Losberger of Grangeville.
"Justin wrestled an extremely tough third round which is a compliment to the time and conditioning these guys put in," Farwell said.
Collin Cunningham and Jason Douglas finished out the tournament at 2-2.
"It was really refreshing to see state champions and placers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho," Farwell said.
Pat Lynn, Randall Eschler and Dylan Lewis from Joseph were the best finishers for the Blue and Gold, each landing in fifth place.
"We kinda got thumped on a little bit," said Joseph wrestling Coach Dave Yost. "It was a tough tournament," he added.
Lynn had a great tournament, losing one of his matches in two overtime periods.
"Nobody really wrestled bad. We just didn't get any breaks to get to where we needed to be," Yost said.