Dec. 28, 2019 — Siuslaw wrestling saw a group of victories at the Grants Pass Winter Kick-off last weekend that found the Viks taking top honors in both girls and boys divisions. The varsity boys took eighth place out of 34 teams, while the girls took ninth out of 24.
“This weekend the team had an outstanding outing on every level,” Siuslaw coach Neil Wartnik said. “It was an outstanding team-bonding time. The team members represented our school with dignity and honor, and many of our students wrestled very well.”
The highlight of the tournaments came from freshman Mason Buss and sophomore Hayden Muller, both of whom won varsity championships. This is the first time the Viks have won championships at the Grants Pass tournament.
“Mason came out on top of a 120-lb. bracket that included competitors who had defeated him at previous competitions,” Wartnik said of Buss, who earned 28 team points for Siuslaw. “He wrestled with great poise and courage, pinning his opponents in the semi-finals and finals. It was fun watching him take charge.”
Muller won the girls 135-lb. weight bracket, defeating Mazama’s Natanee Campbell in the finals and gaining 26 points for the team.
“Natanee defeated Hayden at the regional tournament last year, so this was a special accomplishment,” said Wartnik. “Hayden fought off her back in the first round, narrowly escaping an early pin. In the second round, it was Hayden’s turn to put Natanee on her back, and Natanee would not be able to avoid the pin.”
Yoskar Delamora and Arrianna Brown also posted strong performances, placing third in their varsity weight-classes, earning the Viks 16 and 12 points for the Viks, respectively.
“Yoskar defeated three Californians after a hard-fought loss in the semi-finals on his way to the consolation championship,” Wartnik said. “Arriana recorded her first varsity wins at this tournament and wrestled with great composure and tenacity, pinning her last two opponents.”
Elijah LaCosse placed fourth, earning the team 22 points.
“His bracket was loaded with exceptional wrestlers,” said Wartnik. “He had a 4-2 record.
In his consolation finals match, LaCosse nearly avenged a loss the previous week to Matthew Bolanos of Crater. The final score was 10-8, but there were a number of questionable refereeing judgments in the match, said Wartnik
Regardless, it was a major improvement over his performance at the Coast Classic.”
Wartnik also praised Ryan Jennings and Matthew Horillow. Though Renning didn’t place, he went 4-2 at the tournament and continues to improve, Wartnik said.
Horrillo earned the team 5 points, coming back to the mat after missing the two previous tournaments with knee and ankle injuries.
In Grants Pass, Horrillo made it to the championship round but lost in a tie breaker.
“In JV action, Ian Sissel paced the team with a championship in the 160-lb. weight class,” Wartnik said. “He pinned his way through the tournament, pinning five opponents. He is off to an exceptional start, having won two 30-team JV tournaments this year.”
Cayden Gray and JC Henry both placed fourth for their weight classes.
Siuslaw will be traveling to Bend this Saturday, Jan 4, for the Bend Invite, which includes teams from Sisters, Willamette and Mazama.
The tournament begins at 10 a.m.