Forfeits hurt Pioneer grapplers in duals

Mac-Hi's wrestlers dominate the matches they compete in, but drop dual-match scores to Ontario and Riverside with forfeits.

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Mac-Hi's Tavis Hodgen wraps up his Ontario opponent during their 132-pound match Thursday evening at Mac-Hi. Hodgen won by pin.

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Mac-Hi's Blake Yensen is flipped by Ontario's Cade Hartley during their 138-pound match Thursday evening at MacHi.

Below the story, watch video of Mac-Hi's Ryan Bullock, Francisco Saldaa and Patrick Sheets of Mac-Hi talk about their matches.

MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi mauled its opponents on the mats Thursday night in the Mac-Hi gymnasium, winning 5-of-6 matches against Ontario and 5-of-8 against Riverside. But, thanks to five forfeits in each dual, the Pioneers ended up with two losses in the record books.

The Pioneers started down 30-12 against the Tigers and lost 42-39. Against Riverside, Mac-Hi started in a 30-0 hole and fell 45-27.

Forfeits have been the name of the game for Mac-Hi this season, and this loss drops the Pioneers to 0-7 on the season in dual meets.

"You know, we did really well tonight," Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. "We ended up giving up a lot of forfeits, but we wrestled really, really well."

Ryan Bullock (17-0), who is a perennial title contender, won both his matches handily, taking down Max Maeda of Ontario in 42 seconds and Mario Sepulveda of Riverside just as the first round was ending, at the 1:59 mark.

"First kid, I knew he was tough," Bullock said. "He was in the semis of state last year in the weight above me. My dad (Mac-Hi assistant Lance Bullock) just told me, ‘Pin him when you can. Don't do a bunch of moves, just when you get the chance, pin him.' So that's what happened. It happened quick."

Against Sepulveda, Bullock took a little longer locking him down.

"(Sepulveda was) another kid who hasn't wrestled too much," Bullock said. "(I) did a bunch of new moves I've been practicing in the wrestling room, but not too much."

Francisco Saldana, who is 22-2 on the season, including a victory over Washington state Class 2B 2011 champion Tory Knebel of Pomeroy, handled his opponents as well.

"The first one (against Bralio Morales of Ontario), with that pin, I had no idea what was going on at the moment," Saldana said, "so I just kind of held it there and got the pin. I was satisfied with the pin."

Saldana pinned Morales in 1:18. He pinned Riverside's Francisco Garcia in 1:16 for his second match.

"In the second match, I'm surprised I kept my cool with that karate chop I got to the head, but I learned ‘keep your cool and you'll win your match,'" he said.

Saldana's only losses this season came to Austin Tolman of Vale, Ore., a state champion last year, and what Chester described as a flukey pin by La Pine, Ore., wrestler Garrett Searcy.

"Pancho (Saldana) is aggressive, and kind of half-mean, and he did just what we thought he would do," Chester said. "He went out there and pinned his kids pretty quick, along with Bullock - he did the same thing, they've dominated all year."

In his first match back from a shoulder injury suffered late least season, Patrick Sheets battled through pain to a gritty, 11-5 victory over Evan Evlebach.

Sheets was dominating the match until midway through the third round when Evlebach took hold of the arm attached to Sheets' injured shoulder, which was wrapped in a brace, and wrenched it behind his back.

"Yeah, it was (painful)," Sheets said of the match. "It hurt enough to where I couldn't wrestle (the second) round, but I'll be ready to go for Saturday for sure.

"I'm not in the best shape yet, and I should have had that kid pinned, but it happens," Sheets said.

Blake Yensen suffered losses in both of his matches, a pin by Ontario's Cade Hartly and a 7-5 decision by Riverside's Abel Murillo, but the sophomore's second match was the most entertaining of the night, featuring acrobatic takedowns and a high level of energy through the match.

"He's (Yensen) aggressive in every match he wrestles," Chester said. "He's just kind of got that bulldog attitude, and so it's nice to see, especially in a sophomore.

"Blake was right there the whole match," Chester said. "It was a two-point loss, but those are the matches you like to see. Those are the matches that make you better. It's not the matches where you go out and pin someone in 15 seconds, those are what make you better."

Chandler Fortune, Tavis Hodgen and Taylor Hodgen had pins for the Pioneers as well. Tavis Hodgen, in the 132-pound class, pinned both of his foes.

The Pioneers travel to the Homedale Tournament in Homedale, Idaho, Saturday at 10 a.m.

Riverside 45, Mac-Hi 27

106 - Hans Rockwell, Riverside, win by forfeit. 113 - Elijah Conton, Riverside, win by forfeit. 120 - Clay Miller, Riverside, win by forfeit. 126 - Chandler Fortune, Mac-Hi, pinned Edgar Navarro, Riverside, 1:16. 132 - Tavis Hodgen, Mac-Hi, pinned Marting Herrera, Riverside, 0:42. 138 - Abel Murillo, Riverside, dec. Blake Yensen, Mac-Hi, 7-5. 145 - Trevor Graff, Riverside, pinned Dustin Freemantle, Mac-Hi, 0:20. 152 - Ryan Bullock, Mac-Hi, pinned Mario Sepulveda, Riverside, 1:59. 170 - Francisco Saldana, Mac-Hi, pinned Francisco Garcia, Riverside, 1:16. 182 - Briton Hansen, Riverside, pinned Miguel Medina, Mac-Hi, 0:37. 195 - Taylor Hodgen, Mac-Hi, dec. Daniel Puerta, Riverside, 9-3. 220 - Brian Mendoz, Riverside, won by forfeit. 285 - Brian Arias, Riverside, won by forfeit.

Ontario 42, Mac-Hi 39

106 - Francisco Berrera, Ontario, won by forfeit. 113 - Alex Stofful, Ontario, won by forfeit. 120 - Nick Ray, Ontario, won by forfeit. 126 - Chandler Fortune, Mac-Hi, won by forfeit. 132 - Tavis Hodgen, Mac-Hi, pinned Levi Munn, Ontario, 5:16. 138 - Cade Hartley, Ontario, pinned Blake Yensen, Mac-Hi, 3:20. 145 - Patrick Sheets, Mac-Hi, dec. Evan Evlebach, Ontario, 11-5. 152 - Ryan Bullock, Mac-Hi, pinned Max Maeda, Ontario, 0:42. 160 - Sal Morales, Ontario, won by forfeit. 170 - Francisco Saldana, Mac-Hi, pinned Bralio Morales, Ontario, 1:18. 182 - Migeul Medina, Mac-Hi, won by forfeit. 195 - Taylor Hodgen, Mac-Hi, pinned Juan Lopez, Ontario, 3:49. 220 - Gabe Gonzales, Ontario, won by forfeit. 285 - Jason Alvarado, Ontario, won by forfeit.

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