Mac-Hi, Pomeroy grapplers post strong finishes at JoHi Invitational

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JOSEPH - Pomeroy had seven wrestlers place in the top five of their respective weight classes, and that helped the Pirates achieve a second-place finish in the annual JoHi Invitational tournament that wrapped up here Saturday.

Mac-Hi had five wrestlers finish in the top five of their respective weight classes. The Pioneers, despite having just seven wrestlers participating, took sixth in the 14-team field.

Culver won the team title with 274 points while the Pirates accumulated 158.

A trio of Pirates were crowned as individual champions - Jacob Moore (145 pounds), Wyatt Jenkins (160), and Austin Reisdorph (195). Moore was voted the outstanding wrestler of the tournament.

Tory Knebel finished second in the 170-pound weight class after bowing to Mac-Hi's Francisco Saldana in the title match. He did, however, break the all-time school record for most career wins by claiming his 130th triumph during the tourney, breaking the old mark of 129 set in 2009.

Ryan Smith was fourth and Nick Tewalt fifth at 152 pounds, Mike Wymore was fifth at 220, and Wyatt Hyer was sixth at 138.

Kyle Hyer (132), Taylor Louis (145), and Tyler King (160) did not place.

The best of the rest for Mac-Hi were Chandler Fortune (second at 132), Blake Yensen (fourth at 138), Sage Pryhorocki and Miguel Medina (fifth at 138 and 182 pounds, respectively).

"Francisco ended the day with an awesome win," Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. "Chandler is starting to turn it around. It was a good tournament for him. Blake had two matches where he was right there and got caught. It can happen real easy."

Two other Mac-Hi wrestlers - Cody Harmon (132) and Dustin Freemantle (145) - did not place.

Mac-Hi's next action is this weekend at the Oregon Classic in Redmond.

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