VIKS SIXTH AT LUTZ INV .


Of the four Far West League teams on the mats during Saturday's 21-team Nick Lutz Memorial Invitational, the Vikings placed first, and sixth overall.
   "It is one of our biggest meets in terms of the number of teams that participated ," Siuslaw coach Neil Wartnik said on Saturday, "and our wrestlers are really battling well."
   Leading that battle were Richard Huff (120 lbs.), Scott Simmons (138 lbs.), Kainan Lane (285 lbs.), and Nick Steinman (170 lbs), each of whom placed at the invitational, which included teams ranging in size from Sheldon to Triangle Lake.
   Huff improved to 19-3 for the season after going undefeated at 3-0 , pinning his way past Jaeson Jones of Sutherlin, Ezra Haddy of Junction City and Landen Timeus of Gold Beach for the 120-pound title.
   Simmons, who entered the tournament seeded at No. 1, opened the day with a pin against Austin Miller of North Bend in just 51 seconds. From there, Simmons pinned Tanner Wyatt of Brookings (3:16) and Chance Campbell of North Bend (:36) before losing by a narrow decision in the championship round against Isaiah Lepre of Sutherlin, 7-6 .
   In the heavyweight bracket, Lane pinned Eli Jones of Elmira (3:24) and Shawn Scott of Riddle (5:16), but lost his next match to Matthew Metcalf of Sheldon by a 5-3 decision.
   The loss moved Lane into a match for third place, where he defeated South Umpqua's Jaret Remington, 6-1 .
   The Viks also got a fifthplace finish from No. 4 seed Steinman, who won his first two matches against Jon Zebadua of Brookings and Walker Lutz of Sheldon by pin, but lost his next two matchups.
   Steinman finished strong in consolation, however, winning by fall against Triangle Lake's Cody Moore in 1:07. Siuslaw got additional scoring from Matthew Horrillo, who went 2-2 to earn 5 points.
   Sutherlin won the team title with a team of 23 wrestlers who earned 182.5 points.
   Elmira was second (180), followed by Sheldon (175, Junction City (170), North Eugene (117) and Siuslaw rounding out the top six with 90 points.
   Far West teams North Bend, South Umpqua and Brookings finished ninth, 12th and 18th, respectively.
   Saturday, the Viks will be at Sutherlin, beginning at 9 a.m.

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