The Hood River Valley wrestling team dominated its opposition at a tournament in Stevenson over the weekend and then learned it still has some work to do to become the dominant team in the Columbia River Conference.
The Eagles took five individual first place medals, two seconds, three thirds, three fourths and the team tournament championship trophy at Stevenson on Saturday.
On Tuesday they hosted Hermiston, the No. 1 ranked 5A team in the state and lost 52-18.
"I hate losing," HRV coach Trent Kroll said. "Even if it is against a team that looks like they have a college lineup."
HRV has seen Hermiston several time this season and is already well acquainted with their CRC foe which has four No. 1 ranked wrestlers and is ranked in the top five in nearly every weight class.
When asked if the Eagles were sick of seeing Hermiston already, Robert Frasier, one of four Eagles to win against the Bulldogs, had a blunt answer.
"No, we're just sick of losing to them," he said.
The Bulldogs won 10 of 14 matches against HRV, with six of those coming via a pin.
The Eagles kept it close and needed three straight pins to win after Brondon Dominguez beat Kevin Dopps with a fall at the 3:13 mark of their 285-pound match, but it was Hermiston that got three pins to close out the match.
Neither Dopps nor Dominguez were able to make much happen during the first three minutes of their match, but midway through the second round, Dominguez saw Dopps drop his guard momentarily.
The HRV heavyweight bull rushed Dopps, planted him to the mat and promptly got the pin.
"I was trying to set him up but he wouldn't do anything so I just took a shot," Dominguez said.
The Eagles didn't beat Hermiston, but they saw what they needed to do to eventually go toe-to-toe with them.
"We knew it would be tough and we gave ourselves a shot," Kroll said.
Frasier won his 152-pound match with Matt Kilsdonk 10-5. He had to hang on for dear life at the end after Kilsdonk put hi, on his back with an arm throw in the final seconds.
"I knew he was going to do something," Frasier said. "I need to go out a little smarter."
David Brunk got the first HRV pin of the night at 130 pounds against Austin Fields in 1:52. Francisco Castro was the only other HRV winner hanging on for a 4-3 win over Sam Johnson at 171 pounds.
After building a 4-2 lead in the second round, Castro kept Johnson tied up until the final seconds of the third round, when he allowed one escape. With a neutral start and five seconds left in the match, Castro simply fell on top of Johnson to run out the clock.
At the tournament in Stevenson Saturday taking first for the Eagles were Katie Eddy (119), Andrew DeHart (125), David Brunk (130), Roberet Frasier (145), and Jordy Mallon (171).
Eddy was the first female wrestler to win her bracket in the history of the tournament, scoring a 58-second fall in her first match, winning a come from behind victory in her second and then getting a 6-2 victory in the finals.
Taking second place was Ricardo Ortiz at 103 and sophomore Brandon Dominguez at 285. In third were seniors Alex Ayala, Kelby Broddie and Pancho Castro. Taking fourth were Fidel Acosta, Sam Lee and Anthony Matthews.
The Eagles next host their home tournament, the Elks Memorial, today at HRVHS.