Mac-Hi's Bullock breaks through for state championship

Ryan Bullock took the 152-pound championship and Francisco ‘Pancho' Saldana took runner-up at 160 for the Pioneers.



Mac-Hi's Ryan Bullock wrestling at state. Bullock won the Oregon state championship Saturday night at 152 pounds.


Mac-Hi's Francisco Saldana wrestling at state Saturday night. Saldana finished runner-up in the 160-pound class after falling in overtime.


Mac-Hi's Ryan Bullock celebrating with his father Lance Bullock after winning the Oregon state championship Saturday night at 152 pounds.

PORTLAND - Mac-Hi crowned a state champion wrestler here at the Oregon State 4A wrestling championships.

Ryan Bullock wrestled at 152 pounds and kept his perfect record perfect. Bullock won four straight matches to capture the state crown and run his senior season record to 33-0. Bullock won 29 of those matches, including two at the state meet, by pin or technical fall.

Bullock completes a career that saw him make four state appearances, win four district titles, and four regional titles for the Pioneers. Bullock finished fourth, fourth, third in his previous state runs, and culminated his career with the 2012 championship.

Bullock opened the tournament with a pin in 43 seconds over Ronald Allen of Tillamook. Bullock then pinned Mazama's Aaron Boatright in 32 seconds. It got tougher as Bullock won a 6-2 decision over Hidden Valley's Seth Sotelo to advance to the final.

Bullock pulled out a 7-3 decision over Molalla's Kole McGann to take home the championship.

"Ryan wrestled unbelievable," Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. "He controlled his matches like he has done all year with everybody."

Francisco Saldana, at 160, earned the other Mac-Hi berth in a final. Saldana open by pinning Iamael Rubio of Phoenix in 1:47. Saldana decisioned Philomath's Braydon Calder 3-1 to advance to the semifinal and earned a 10-8 decision over Mazama's Chase Anderson to reach the final against Josh Stanley of Cottage Grove.

Stanley took the title with a 7-5 overtime decision and Saldana settled for second place.

"Francisco lost a heartbreaker when he got taken down in overtime," Chester said. "He (Saldana) pushed and pushed, and wrestled with his heart. You can't hang your head about that.

"He was 41-3 in only his third year of (competitive) wrestling," Chester continued about his 2011 sixth place finisher. "What an unbelievable year. You won't see that very often."

Chandler Fortune went at 126 and lost his opening match as Cascade's Travis Bledsoe pinned Fortune in 1:03. Fortune bounced back in the consolation bracket to win two straight matches before being eliminated and finishing with a 2-2 tourney record.

"Chandler wrestled unbelievable," Chester said. "He was one match away from placing. He'll be back next year."

Tavis Hodgen lost his first match, decisioned by Jake Fowler of Tillamook 9-6, but bounced back to win a decision over North Bend's Jackson Conrad, 5-0, before dropping his second match and being eliminated in the 132 pound class.

Patrick Sheets, at 145, and Taylor Hodgen, at 182, also picked up wins in consolation action after dropping their first round match.

Sheets' win was an 11-0 decision over Tillamook's Dylan Hayes. Taylor Hodgen won a decision over Hidden Valley's Spencer Sotelo by a score of 10-5.

"Tavis lost his two matches by a total of five points, as he was right there in one of the toughest weight classes," Chester said. "We didn't know if Patrick would even wrestle this year because of a shoulder injury last year. Making it to state shows what kind of kid he is. Taylor was the smallest 182 pounder, and lost his final match right at the end of the round."

Cascade won the team title with 188 points. The Pioneers, with two state placers, finished 11th with 54 points.

"To finish in the top 11 with only two placers is pretty good," Chester said. "(But more importantly), every kid we brought won a match. It was a great season."


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