Pioneers pinned by Tiger grapplers

Mac-Hi's Blake Yensen (right) works on a pin of La Grande's Nick Kavanaugh during their match at 152 pounds on Thursday.

Mac-Hi's Blake Yensen (right) works on a pin of La Grande's Nick Kavanaugh during their match at 152 pounds on Thursday. Photo by Michael Lopez.

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The McLoughlin High School wrestling team made it interesting for awhile in

its dual meet against La Grande, as the Pioneers won four of the first six matches here Thursday.

But the two matches they lost were by pins, and they won all their matches by decision.

The team scores were 12-12 after six matches, with scoring style awarding six points for a pin and only three points per decision.

La Grande then powered to a 45-18 Greater Oregon League victory behind a series of Mac-Hi forfeits.

“We got pinned. When they lost, they got beat by points…we can’t get pinned, “ Mac-Hi coach Beau Chester said. “That is where we lost the dual meet. We haven’t been a very good dual meet team this year with forfeits in some of our upper classes.”

The Pioneers took credit for one forfeit and La Grande counted two for their team score. There was a double forfeit at 195 pounds.

La Grande (15-1 in dual meets) has only lost a dual to Kirk County in the Oregon Classic finals this season.

“It is a good strong team that we have this year,” Tigers coach Klel Carson said. “They have been together a lot, a good senior class,that has worked hard throughout.”

The Pioneers were awarded three points in wins by decisions, while the Tigers picked up six for each pin..

Winning for Mac-Hi in the early going was Jose Oliva at 126 pounds on an 11-8 decision. He completed one more escape and an additional reversal in the first two rounds of the match to take the win over John Gonzales.

Another win came from the Pioneers’ Alyx Shaw at 138, who beat his opponent 7-4, scoring the final five points of the match on two takedowns and an escape over Jared Neiss.

The third winner for Mac-Hi and most dominating for the Pioneers was Jeffrey Jones at 145, in a 9-4 win. Jones beat his opponent, Ryan Middleton, by winning the third round 4-2 on two escapes and a takedown.

Pioneer wrestler Blake Yensen (152) hung on to beat Nick Kavanaugh, 7-4, before it all started to unravel for Mac-Hi.

“Mac-Hi won three or four matches in the middle of the meet. They beat a couple of our good wrestlers. They’ve got a great young group of kids,” Carson said. “A lot of good wrestlers on Mac-Hi, it was a good dual tonight.”

La Grande took the 160-pound match on a 9-4 decision after an injury timeout for Mac-Hi wrestler Vince Roff. He lost to Preston Armstrong.

It was then 15-12, La Grande, before the Tigers got 12 points off Mac-Hi forfeits at 170 and 182 pounds.

With the team score, 27-12, La Grande started to dominate with a pin at 220 pounds with Micah Fuller over T.J. Simpson.

The Tigers gave up six points with a forfeit to Mac-Hi’s Gregory Moreno at 285.

With the victory already intact for the Tigers, Mac-Hi’s Riley Chester and Abel Casillas were both pinned at 106 and 113.

La Grande 45, Mac-Hi 18

120 – Terran Hardwick, La G, pinned Jesus Diaz, Mac-Hi, :33 second round; 126 – Jose Oliva, Mac-Hi, dec over John Gonzales, LaG, 11-8; 132—Seth Deviney, LaG, pinned Cole Skramstad,Mac-Hi, :19 first round; 138 – Alyx Shaw, Mac-Hi, dec over Jared Neiss, LaG, 7-4; 145 – Jeffrey Jones, Mac-Hi, dec over Ryan Middleton, LaG, 9-4; 152 – Blake Yensen, Mac-Hi, dec over Nick Kavanaugh, LaG, 7-4; 160 – Preston Armstrong, LaG, dec over Vince Roff, Mac-Hi, 9-4; 170 – Caleb Woodworth, LaG, win by forfeit; 182 – Dylan McHarglee, LaG, win by forfeit; 195 – Double forfeit; 220 – Micah Fuller, LaG, pinned TJ Simpson, Mac-Hi, 1:47 second round; 285 – Gregory Moreno, Mac-Hi, won by forfeit; 106 – Cole Rohan, LaG, pinned Riley Chester, Mac-Hi, :54 first round; 113 – Quinton Durffee, LaG, pinned Abel Casillas, Mac-Hi, :35 second round.

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