JOSEPH — The McLoughlin High School wrestling team finished third out of the 20 teams competing at the Jo-Hi Invitational on Saturday.
Alyx Shaw took first in the 145-pound class, as he downed Culver High School’s Johnny Espeland by a 7-3 decision. Shaw opened the tournament with back-to-back falls against Corey Collins and Brad Chetfield. Shaw then beat Isaac James by decision to earn a spot in the first-place match.
Mac-Hi head coach Beau Chester said Shaw “wrestled extremely well both days.”
Both Riley Chester and Cole Skramstad finished second in their respective weight classes for Mac-Hi. Chester lost to Aristotle Rockwell of Riverside in the 106-pound division.
Skramstad, in the 138-pound class, beat Brandon Hawes by fall before he fell to Bolten Anglen of Culver.
Jesus Diaz, Jose Oliva and Blake Yensen all placed third for the Pioneers.
Pomeroy finished in 18th, as Kyle Hyer was the only placer for the Pirates. He finished fourth in the 170-pound bracket.
Hyer opened the tourney with a 4-1 decision against Esteban Gutierrez. Hyer then won a close match against Johnathan Rasmussen by a 6-5 decision. Hyer dropped his next match to the eventual champion, Chad Witty, by fall.
“We found some tough competition that really put our kids to the test,” Pomeroy head coach Brian Slaybaugh said. “It was a tough tournament and our kids had some learning opportunities. It showed them what they need to improve on for the remainder of the season.”
The Pioneers return to the mat with the Riverside Rumble next weekend.
126 — JJ Killgore, 1-2, DNP.
132 — Steven Wysocki, 1-2, DNP.
152 — Havin Heytvelt, 2-2, DNP.
152 — Jerod Thorpe, 0-2, DNP.
160 — Taylor Lewis, 1-2, DNP.
170 — Kyle Hyer, 3-2, 4th place.
170 — Jacob Schuh, 0-2, DNP.
106 — Riley Chester, 3-1, 2nd place.
120 — Isaac Riley, 0-2, DNP.
120 — Jesus Diaz, 5-1, DNP.
132 — Jose Oliva, 5-1, 3rd place.
138 — Cole Skramstad, 3-1, 2nd place.
138 — Preston Tarpley, 0-2, DNP.
138 — Kaden Kilburg, 1-2, DNP.
145 — Alyx Shaw, 4-0, 1st place.
145 — Gabe McAlester, 0-2, DNP.
152 — Marcos Saldana, 0-2, DNP.
152 — Blake Yensen, 4-1, 3rd place.
160 — Vince Roff, 2-2, DNP.