Mac-Hi 10th, Wa-Hi 11th at 28-team Clearwater Classic

The Blue Devils' Eric Eastman is the 189 champ; Angel Palacios' 2nd at 285 leads the Pioneers.


LEWISTON - Mac-Hi placed 10th and Wa-Hi came home 11th here in wrestling action at the Clearwater Classic Friday and Saturday.

The Pioneers took 10 wrestlers to the tournament and four placed in an event that drew wrestlers from 28 schools.

The Blue Devils took nine wrestlers and came away with an individual champion and a fourth-place finisher.

Eric Eastman went undefeated in winning all five of his matches at 189 pounds for Wa-Hi's individual title.

Wa-Hi's Ryan Harmon, wrestling at 140, went 4-2 and grabbed fourth place.

"I think we fared pretty well as a team, since we had four of our starters out due to illness," Wa-Hi coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "This is always our toughest tournament of the year. Placing in the top six at this tournament as an individual is an impressive feat. Many state placers and even champions pick up losses at this tournament. "

Angel Palacios, wrestling in the 285-pound weight class, led the Pioneer effort with a second-place finish.

At 125, Ryan Bullock brought home fourth-place points for the Pioneers.

Jesse Sargent, at 119, and Patrick Sheets, at 130, finished fifth for Mac-Hi.

"It's our first visit to this tournament," Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. "It is a tough tournament, maybe even tougher than the state tournament.

"Tenth is really good," Chester continued. "We hadn't seen any of the competition. Our effort was the best I've seen for awhile."

Lawrence Timmins, wrestling at 189, dropped his second decision in a match to reach the trophy round.

Jordan Leinbach (112), Joey Paez (135), Russell Walker (140), Taylor Hodgen (160), and Pablo Grimaldi (171) also competed for the Pioneers, but failed to reach the trophy round.

Devon Pellham (103), Houston Rice (119), Dustin Taylor (125), Anthony Stalder (135), Jonah Hoe (145), Nick Larkins (160), and Dakota Johnson (215) all wrestled for the Blue Devils but did not reach the trophy round.

Post Falls, 200.5 points, outwrestled Toppenish, 186.5, for the team title.

Mac-Hi returns home to host a Greater Oregon League match with Ontario Thursday.

The Blue Devils travel to Kamiakin for a dual match with the Braves on Wednesday.


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