The HRV varsity and girls wrestling team were able to fit in some more matches late last week before the next round of winter storms crippled Oregon and came away with some notable victories, particularly the girls team, which added another team trophy to its case. Weather did impact the team this week, as the varsity squad was supposed to travel to Pendleton on Thursday, but that match was postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The girls competed Friday in Redmond at the Oregon Classic Dual Meet Championships, located at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.
After beating Elmira soundly the past two years at the Classic (including a 76-0 defeat of the team in last year’s meeting), two other teams were invited this year for a total of four teams dueling in a round-robin team competition.
HRV started out by trouncing Grants Pass 45-12 in the opening round, then handily beat Elmira once again, taking down the Falcons 48-12.
HRV then narrowly fell to Thurston, losing by just nine points. However, Thurston was beat by Grants Pass in the competition, resulting in an overall first-place finish for the Eagles.
On Saturday, the girls team competed in an individual bracketed tournament with 98 other high school female wrestlers. Highlights included three of the HRV girls in the finals with Elena Kroll ending up as champion in the 126-pound weight class. Also representing the Hood River County School District at the event were third-grader Jennica Rigert and eighth-grader Gracie McCafferty.
The varsity team had a busy weekend, competing in 10 dual matches in three days. On Thursday, the Eagles were scheduled to have a dual match at Bend High School, but due to the evacuation of the Bend-La Pine school district for roof assessments and the weight of the snow, the Eagles ended up at The Clash Before the Classic at Crook County High School, facing off against the Cowboys and the Madras White Buffaloes, Eagles Head Coach Trent Kroll said. HRV ended up 1-1 that night, beating Madras 48-24 and losing to Crook County 71-6. The win against Madras marked Kroll’s career 200th varsity dual meet win.
The next day at the Oregon Classic, the varsity team wrestled in four dual meets, going 1-3. The Eagles edged 4A Cascade 40-39 and then lost to 6A Sprague, 6A Centennial and 4A Tillamook by margins of 12, 25, and 43 points, respectively. On Saturday, HRV wrestled even tougher and ended up 3-1, beating 5A Ashland by a score of 54-24, 4A Sisters 48-30, and 5A Springfield 60-24, but losing to 5A Summit 46-36.
With a 5-5 record on the three days, the varsity team earned 36 pins over the 10 meet. Jason Shaner had the best individual record going 9-0 with five pins. Patrick Estes, Chad Muenzer and Justin Wilson also had five pins over the weekend. Other notable individual results include Ryan Zeller and Muenzer with 7-2 records, Jonathan Garcia with a 4-1 record, and Wilson with a 7-3 record. Shaner, who is currently ranked fourth in his weight class in 5A, had notable wins over 6A’s seventh- and eighth-ranked wrestlers (Even Spragg of Sprague and Tyler Wagner of Centennial, respectively), while Ryan Zeller, ranked fifth in 5A, defeated Bollong Joklur of Sprague, who is ranked fourth in 6A.
113 pounds: Alexis McCafferty, 3-1 (18-8 loss by major decision, win by fall, WBF, WBF)
126: CJ Rhodes, 1-2 (forfeit, 18-2 loss by technical fall, loss by fall); Elena Kroll, 3-1 (WBF, LBF, WBF, WBF)
132: Monique Verduzco, 3-0 (WBF, 10-8 sudden victory, WBF)
138: Brianna Peterson, 3-0 (forfeit, forfeit, WBF)
145: Grace Miller, 2-1 (WBF, WBF, LBF)
152: Emily Mitchell, 2-1 (forfeit, LBF, WBF)
160: Anna Galbraith, 1-2 (LBF, LBF, forfeit)
170: Christine Marquez, 2-2 (LBF, WBF, loss by injury, WBF)
58: Jennica Rigert, 2-0, 1st place (WBF, WBF)
96: Gracie McCafferty, 1-2, 4th (LBF, LBF, win by technical fall)
115: A. McCafferty, 2-1, 2nd (bye, SBF, WBF, LBF)
128: Kroll, 4-0, 1st (WBF, WBF, WBF, WBF); Rhodes, 0-2 (LBF, bye, 11-1 LBMD)
134: Verduzco, 2-1, 2nd (bye, WBF, WBF, LBF), Peterson, 0-3, 8th (bye, LBF, bye, LBF, LBF)
140: Miller, 4-1, 3rd (WBF, WBF, LBF, WBF, 9-6 win)
147: Mitchell, 0-2 (5-4 loss, bye, LBF)
172: Galbraith, 0-3, 8th (LBF, LBF, LBF); Marquez, 2-2, 5th (LBF, WBF, lose by forfeit, WBF)
106: Ryan Zeller, 2-0 (11-3 WBMD, 4-1 win); Justin Lane, 4-2 (11-7 loss, WBF, LBF, WBF, forfeit, forfeit)
113: Chad Muenzer, 1-0 (WBF); Zeller, 5-1 (LBF, WBF, WBF, WBF, forfeit, WBF); Lane, 0-1 (LBF)
120: Jesse Flores, 1-0 (forfeit); Muenzer, 5-1 (LBF, LBF, 16-0 WBTF, WBF, LBF, WBF)
126: Jason Shaner, 7-0 (forfeit, WBF, WBF, WBF, 25-10 WBTF, WBF, WBF)
132: Shaner, 1-0 (22-7 WBTF); Cade Parker, 3-2 (9-0 LBMD, 7-0 win, forfeit, LBF, forfeit); Jonathan Garcia, 1-1 (WBF, 9-7 loss by sudden victory)
138: Garcia, 2-0 (WBF, 10-4 win); Rafael Rodriguez, 1-0 (forfeit); Parker, 2-1 (7-5 win, LBF, 4-3 win); Tristan Keely, 0-2 (LBF, LBF)
145: Rodriguez, 1-0 (11-8 win); Keely, 2-3 (LBF, WBF, LBF, 11-2 LBMD, forfeit); Maverick Geller, 0-1 (9-0 LBMD)
152: Geller, 1-4 (LBF, LBI, LBF, LBF, forfeit)
160: Nathaniel Quintanilla, 1-4 (WBF, LBF, LBF, LBF, LBF)
170: Quintanilla, 0-2 (LBF, LBF)
182: Patrick Estes, 3-1 (WBF, 9-5 loss, WBF, WBF); Alberto Rojas, 1-3 (LBF, LBF, WBF, LBF)
195: Estes, 2-2 (WBF, LBF, LBF, WBF); Rojas, 1-2 (LBF, forfeit, LBF)
220: Alexander Pedroza, 2-6 (LBF, LBF, forfeit, WBF, LBF, LBF, LBF, LBF)
285: Justin Wilson, 6-2 (WBF, WBF, forfeit, WBF, LBF, 3-1 loss, WBF, WBF)