Jordan Widener wrestled all day for another shot.
The Enterprise High School freshman really earned fifth place in the 171-pound weight class Feb. 6 at the Bank of Eastern Oregon Invitational in Heppner. Widener's first opponent was the familiar face of Imbler's T.J. Ruth, who pinned him in previous clashes at tournaments in Joseph and Wallowa. Once again, Ruth defeated Widener and cast him off to the consolation bracket. But at day's end, Widener won their rematch and a medal along with it.
"Jordan saw he could use his height and his leverage to his advantage," coach Chad Nash said.
Widener helped the Enterprise-Wallowa team rank fourth out of 11.
Several Enterprise-Wallowa boys made the winners' circle. Senior Cameron Princena pinned Imbler's heavyweight, Henry Kanoho, and finished in second place. Ethan Osterloh, a 140-pound senior, took second place thanks to a couple of pin falls; same for junior Forrest Cox in class 125. Senior Jake Schaeffer pinned three opponents at 189, and he came in fourth place. Sophomore Erich Roepke also used three pins for fourth place in 171. Freshman Austin Reimer, a 103-pounder, made two pins for fourth place. Sophomore Josh Higginbotham (112) was fourth. Junior Alex Courtney (189) had three pins for sixth place. Senior Jake Nicholls (152) managed a pin in a crowded bracket and settled for sixth.
Meanwhile, a number of teammates worked at least two matches. Sophomore Glen Spang (189) pinned one of his opponents. Others included freshman John Green (119), junior Salvador Mendez (125), freshman Trever Schaeffer (130), freshman Sawyer Wick (140), junior Josh Connolly (145) and freshman Eric Schwendiman (152).