Jan. 16, 2019 — This past weekend, Siuslaw had 16 wrestlers on the mats at the Sutherlin Wrestling Classic, where sophomore Elijah LaCosse placed second in the 132-poind bracket for the Viking boys team.
“[Elijah’s] 19-4 victory over Chance Ralston from Cottage Grove was particularly impressive,” said Siuslaw coach Neil Wartnik, who explained that Ralston had beaten LaCosse 12-4 the day before.
A day earlier, Siuslaw had been on the mats for the Sky-Em League Dual Championships at Junction City.
At that meet, senior Riley Jennings went undefeated at 4-0 in the 170-lb. bracket, with LaCosse and sophomore Christian Newlan (182 lbs.) going 3-1.
Despite what Wartnik described as a somewhat depleted line-up due to illness, “we saw a number of positives,” he said. “We looked tired and were a bit run down with sickness going around, but they listen well and respond to the coaching staff with great maturity.
“The boys really rallied on Saturday.”
Junior Matthew Horrillo, who had two losses Friday, came back to place third at 285 lbs. on Saturday. Meanwhile, brothers Ryan (152 lbs.) and Riley (170 lbs.) each placed fourth in their respective weight classes.
“In addition, JV wrestlers Antwan Ho (145-150 lbs.), John Corser (144-146 lbs.), Zekiah Hunt (145-157 lbs.) and JC Gentry (190-204 lbs.) showed marked improvement,” said Wartnik.
Each competed in the boys novice division, where Ho went undefeated, pinning all three of his opponents.
In the girls' division, freshman Bailey Overton (117-123 lbs.) and sophomore Adriana Edwards (130-133 lbs.) wres-tled their way to second place each day in their respective brackets.
On Saturday, freshman Hayden Muller (133-134 lbs.) and Kinga Bugajska (142-147 lbs.) each had a pin to place third in their weight classes.
“All of our girls wrestled tough against tough competition,” Wartnik said. “The team is so fun to coach. They care about each other and support each other well.
“I’m excited to see their continued progress.”
Last night, Siuslaw hosted three-way duals with Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter and Toldeo (after press deadlines), starting a week-long home stand that continues this Saturday during the annual Nick Lutz Memorial Invitational.
The multi-divisional invitational will include nearly two dozen teams in an all-day competition that begins at 9 a.m. at Siuslaw High School and continues to the championships, which get underway around 5 p.m.