Lakeview High School wrestling competed in two tournaments last week at the Basin’s Best tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 29, and the Heppner Bank of Eastern Oregon tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1.
First up was the Basin’s Best Tournament, hosted by Henley High School. The tournament featured teams from Mazama, Klamath Union, Lost Rover, Bonanza, Chiloquin, Lakeview and hosts Henley High School. Overall in the team point standings Lakeview finished third, despite only having five wrestlers available to compete in the varsity tournament. Mazama won the team title and Henley was runner-up.
Three LHS wrestlers, Wyatt Patzke, wrestling in the 145-weight class; Morgan Ludwig, 152-weight class; and Dylan Julian, 160-weight class, all won individual titles. Kylen Ward, in the 132-weight class, placed fourth in his respective category.
Patzke pinned Benjamin Hernandez of Lost River and Julian Gardner of Mazama to win first in his weight class.
Ludwig was able to pin Taylor Casey of Mazama, and defeated Chance Solus of Bonazana in an 8-2 decision to claim first place.
Julian pinned both Blake Ballard of Bonanza and Christian Lewis of Mazama to win first place.
Ward won his first match against Anesti Audeh of Henley, but then lost his next two against Savien Burk of Mazama and Casey Connor of Bonzana. He ultimately claimed fourth place.
Brayson Granger lost his two matches and did not place.
Next up was the Heppner Bank of Eastern Oregon tournament in Heppner on Saturday, Feb. 1. Lakeview High School sent five wrestlers on the seven-hour trip to Heppner. Overall Lakeview placed sixth out of 14 teams present. The lengthy trip was validated not only for added competition, but for Lakeview to prepare themselves for state competition by familiarizing themselves with teams from the eastern side of the state. Teams present included Crane, Pine Eagle, Pendleton, McLoughlin-Weston-McEwen, Riverside, Baker, Adrian, Elgin, Enterprise, Joseph, Echo and Heppner.
Ludwig claimed the tournament title in his weight class. Granger, Ward, Patzke, and Julian all placed; while Nate Culbertson, competing in the 138-weight class, did not place.
Ludwig won his tournament title with wins over Adrian Pineda of McLoughlin-Weston-McEwen. After that he had difficult wins over both Jacob Harris of Riverside and Ty Hammond of Elgin.
Granger won his matches against Brandon Wood of McLoughlin-Weston-McEwen, Will Seggerman of Pine Eagle, and Collin Primus of Pendleton. He fell to Cutter Tanake of Pine Eagle in the final match and claimed second place.
Patzke won his first two matches against Casey Vaughn of Baker and Edward Ellsworth of Heppner. He lost to Zeb Ramsden of Joseph in the semifinals. Patzke though was able to bounce back in the third-place match and defeated Kyle Roe of Pine Eagle.
Julian won his first two matches against Logan Griffen of Adrian and Jose Puerta of Riverside. He lost in the first place match against Jace Coe of Heppner.
Ward lost his first match against Cutter Tanaka of Pine Eagle, but then bounced back against Lane Ensey and Brandon Wood of McLoughlin-Weston-McEwen. In the fifth place match he lost to Will Seggerman of Pine Eagle.
“I am very proud of how resilient our wrestlers are after traveling so far to wrestle with top competition week after week,” said LHS head coach Shannon Ludwig. “They came to Heppner and wrestled very well in a tough tournament that included many state-placers and ranked wrestlers.”
Lakeview High School wrestling has one more tournament left, a Special District 3 Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, at North Lake, where the top two placers earn an automatic berth to the OSAA State Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 28-29.