Siuslaw grapplers seventh at Bend Invitational

The Viking wrestling team spent its weekend at the 11-team multi-divisional Bend Invitational, where senior Richard Huff provided Siuslaw’s top performance by claiming the 126-lb. title.

Huff went undefeated at 3-0, scoring 27 team points along the way, along with 2 pins and a 13-0 decision over Carsen Johnson of Mountain View in the championship.

Siuslaw also got scoring from sophomore 285-pounder Matthew Horillo, who placed second after going 1-1, including a 7-2 decision over Logan Shenk of Ridgeview.

At 170 lbs., junior Riley Jennimgs placed third overall after going 2-1, with a 12-2 decision and a pin against Jake Stevens of Sisters in the match for third place.

Other wrestlers for the Viks included Gavin Pitcher, who went 2-2 at 126 lbs.; Elijah LaCrosse, who went 4-1 to place fifth at 126 lbs.; Patrick Hill, a 132-pounder who went 1-2; and Sal Sierra, who was 1-2 at 145 lbs.

Mountainview won the meet with 446.5 points, followed by Bend (252), Sisters (124), Summit (117), Madras (104), Ridgeview (102), Siuslaw (87), Sunnyslope (34), Homedale (24), and Ontario and Thurston, which tied for 10th (0).

“The team is doing very well and the growth is wide spread,” said Siuslaw coach Neil Wartnik. “Our leaders are leading and our younger wrestlers are listening and trying hard to apply what they’re learning.”

This Saturday, Siuslaw will host its annual Nick Lutz Invitational, which will bring more than a dozen teams from all divisions to the mats.

Matches begin at 9 a.m. with the finals expected to begin at approximately 5 p.m.

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