By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Enterprise High School’s Quinn Court wasn’t filled with the usual sound of dribbling basketballs Dec. 1. Visitors instead were treated to the sounds of the slap of flesh on wrestling mats and shouts of encouragement as a multitude of epic struggles played out before their eyes.
Such is life at the EHS Kick-off Tournament, which the Outlaws walked away with decisively.
The Outlaw grapplers scored 84 points in the tournament, ahead of the second-place 72 posted by a combined Echo and Stanfield team and a combined Joseph and Wallowa third-place 67-point finish.
EHS hosted nine other teams at the tournament, which saw a number of local wrestlers end the day as champions in their individual weight classes. State wrestling champ EHS senior Cole Farwell came out on top in the 132-pound weight class and Steven Beckman of Joseph won at 113-pounds. Shane Lund of EHS, who placed third at state last year, also won the 120-pound class.
Other first-place winners for the Outlaws included Dylan Stagle at 145-pounds and Klint Norton at 285-pounds. Colby Harris claimed the second spot at 170-pounds as did Trace Evans in the 132 slot.
In addition to Beckman’s victory, the Eagles logged other wins. Gus Ramsden of Wallowa High School took first in the 160-pound bracket and fellow Wallowa athlete Austin Brockamp took the top award at 170 pounds. Guylen Snyder placed second at 152-pounds and Zeb Ramsden of Wallowa took third at 120-pounds.
“We wrestled well today,” EHS coach Troy Farwell said. “We took first, which is awesome. We had some young kids that wrestled well, including one first-year who got his first win, and my exchange student wrestled well.”
Farwell noted the performance of freshman Trace Evans, who the coach described as a “real tough kid.”
Joseph coach Tim Kiesecker also was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We did awesome,” he said. “If we had had kids wrestling in the final round, we could have taken first.”
The coach said his team was loaded with talent but not with wrestlers. He said he welcomed the addition of Wallowa wrestlers, Brockamp and the Ramsden brothers.
He cited Beckman’s strong showing and second-year wrestler Guylen Snyder’s second-place finish as particularly impressive.
“Guylen really surprised me,” Kiesecker said. “He didn’t wrestle much last year and really performed above my expectations.”
Joseph is visiting Culver on Dec. 8-9 for its wrestling tournament.
“It’s a great meet for us,” Kiesecker said. “We see teams from Central Oregon and the west side, which will help us in our seeding at the state tournament.”
Dec. 2 saw the Outlaws travel to Potlatch, Idaho, to compete in the Dick Griswold Invitational Tournament. Farwell and Lund took first place in their respective brackets, winning all their matches by fall.
Coach Farwell said Lund’s performance was gratifying as he handily beat Idaho’s second-seeded wrestler. He also noted the first win of exchange student Hafizh Al Farizi, who wrestles at 220 pounds.