A weekend of wrestling saw Eagle Point return home with a fifth place team score of 89 points, trailing Hermiston (246), Dallas (181.5) Redmond (167.5) and Sandy (96). The Eagles barely edged Lebanon who finished with 897 team points.
Individuals in the hunt for title shots were turned away by wrestlers from other schools. Senior Orlando De La Cruz in the 120-lb division won his initial match on Friday, and then dropped a decision in round two on the preliminaries. De La Cruz then fought his way back with four matches on Saturday to take a fifth place finish with a win Marquez of Hood River Valley High School and then a win over Vandetta of Lebanon by forfeit.
Eddie Perez captured a sixth place finish in the tournament. Following his second round loss, he came back on Saturday with a win over Ryan Skeen of Pendleton then took a 4-0 decision over Cayman goin of Silverton. He then dropped an overtime loss to Kaleb Winebarger of Mountain View, losing his final match to Brandon Short of Redmond.
Levi Pomeroy dropped his initial 126-lb match on Friday, then defeated Patton of Sandy, Brundridge of Silverton before losing to Scribner of Hermiston to eliminate him from further competition.
Sherman Hammond defeated Garrett Lawrence of Dallas in the first round on Friday, the lost by a fall to Tyler Berger of Hermiston in the second round. He then dropped a 7-0 decision to Michael Feltman of Liberty to be eliminated from the tournament.
145-lb Ethan Pomeroy dropped his initial match to Dylan Holcomb of Pendleton, then lost his second match by a fall to David Holmquist of Dallas.
James McCoy lost a close decision to eventual winner Wyatt Passantino of Dallas, dropping him into th consulation bracket where he defeated Tyler White of Sandy. McCoy emerged the winner there with a 10-4 win, then dropped a 5-4 match to third place winner Hunter Dehlin of Liberty to finish in 4th overall.
Thane Baumer came back after a loss in his initial match with a win in the consolation bracket with a win over his Hermiston opponent. He followed that up with a fall over John Luttrell of St. Helens and a 7-5 overtime loss to Devlin of Liberty. That loss eliminated him from the tournament.
Caleb Ash lost his initial 160-lb match but came back with a win over Chadd Rund of Sandy, a close 5-4 decision over Andrew Rice of Sherwood and another close win over Robert Akil of Milwaukie. Ash then ran into teammate Hunter Hoeptner and dropped a yet another close decision at 6-5. That loss dropped Ash into a match with KiAnte’ Davis of Lebanon where he lost by fall to earn a sixth place finish.
Eagle Point’s second entry in the 160-lb division, Hunter Hoeptner, won two matches before losing to eventual second place winner Scotty Dunagan in a close match. He then decisioned Ash and Tanner Barichia of Redmond to claim third place in his division.
Blane Cloney lost his initial match in the 170-lb division and dropped out of the tournament with a 6-1 loss to Thomas Reed-Dustin of Madison.
Johnny Wilkerson of Eagle Point dropped his initial match of the tournament, then had to forfeit in round two and also round three to end his tournament run.
Kacey McNulty had this to say about the tournament: “The wrestling team had a great state tournament. Two of the Eagles (Hunter Hoeptner and James McCoy) made it to the semi finals before suffering losses. Both of them held leads during their semi final match. Six of the twelve athletes that we took to the state tournament wrestled well enough to place in the top six. It was a great performance by the entire team. We ended up 8 points out of fourth place and a state trophy.”