Pioneers win district wrestling title, take 15 to state

A record number of Mac-Hi grapplers are headed to Portland after Saturday's district championship.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi takes 15 wrestlers to the Oregon state Class 4A wrestling tournament in Portland this Thursday through Saturday following a stellar performance at the district tournament in La Grande Saturday.

The Pioneers won the Greater Oregon League district title with 355.5 points, followed by Ontario with 352.5, La Grande with 249 and Baker with 210.5.

"Our prospects at the state tournament are great," Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. "Sweet Home may take as many as 20 wrestlers, and they're the defending state champ. And we were the runner-up last year.

"But we have a very good chance this year," Chester said.

And six of the Pioneers with tickets are making a return trip and placed last year.

Those who placed at state in 2009 are Jesse Sargent (119, fifth), Ryan Bullock (125, fourth), Wyatt Law (145, fourth), Brandon Kralman (171, sixth), Nick Watts (215, fourth), Angel Placios (285, second).

Mac-Hi's district champions this year include Sargent, Bullock, Josh Rutherford (160), Lawrence Timmons (215) and Placios.

The Pioneers to place at the district included the following, with the top three advancing to the state event:

Eric Royo (103 pounds, second), Chandler Fortune (103, third), Jordan Leinback (112. fifth), Jesse Sargent (119, first), Mike Rogers (119, fifth), Tavis Hodgen (119, sixth), Ryan Bullock (125, first), Christian Zaragoza (125, fifth), Patrick Sheets (130, third); Brandon Moller (135, fifth), Shelby West (135, fourth), Joey Paez (140, third), Wyatt Law (145, third), Taylor Hodgen (152, sixth), Josh Rutherford (160, first), Francisco Saldona (160, second), Brandon Kralman (171, first), Pablo Grimaldi (171, third), Jesus Saldona (171, sixth), Victor Parez (189, third), Lawrence Timmons (215, first), Nick Watts (215, second), Angel Placios (285, first).

"We're talking some good wrestlers to state," Chester said.

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