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Wrestlers show strength at Grant Union’s home invitational

Grant Union and invited teams battle on the mats in John Day.
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Published on January 19, 2018 6:28PM

Grant Union Prospector Drew Lusco puts Kaleb Kendrick of Irrigon in an arm bar at Friday’s Grant Union Wrestling Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Drew Lusco puts Kaleb Kendrick of Irrigon in an arm bar at Friday’s Grant Union Wrestling Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Drew Lusco wins a match against Irrigon Knight Kaleb Kendrick at Friday’s Grant Union Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Drew Lusco wins a match against Irrigon Knight Kaleb Kendrick at Friday’s Grant Union Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union’s Collin Harvey pushes his Irrigon opponent into a tough spot at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union’s Collin Harvey pushes his Irrigon opponent into a tough spot at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Josh Carpenter works to pin his Crane opponent at Friday’s Grant Union Wrestling Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Josh Carpenter works to pin his Crane opponent at Friday’s Grant Union Wrestling Invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Toby Boatwright, left, moves into position to take down an Irrigon opponent on Friday.

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Grant Union Prospector Toby Boatwright, left, moves into position to take down an Irrigon opponent on Friday.

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Grant Union Prospector Elijah Humbird control the match after taking down an Irrigon opponent at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Elijah Humbird control the match after taking down an Irrigon opponent at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Cameron Hallgarth wrestles tough, and ends up beating a Heppner opponent at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Cameron Hallgarth wrestles tough, and ends up beating a Heppner opponent at Friday’s invitational in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospectors Ben Henry, top, and Ethan Moore wrestle each other in junior varsity competition.

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Grant Union Prospectors Ben Henry, top, and Ethan Moore wrestle each other in junior varsity competition.

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Many youth wrestlers were also in on Friday’s competition, including Grant County Wrestling Club’s Cowan Weaver, top. Referee Jesse Paulson, a Grant Union senior, is at the right.

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Many youth wrestlers were also in on Friday’s competition, including Grant County Wrestling Club’s Cowan Weaver, top. Referee Jesse Paulson, a Grant Union senior, is at the right.

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The Grant Union Prospector wrestling team won second at their home meet in John Day Friday, competing with some of the athletes they’ll see at the district showdown in February.

Baker/Powder Valley finished in first place and Crane placed third.

Over 200 varsity and junior varsity wrestlers flocked to Grant Union Junior-Senior High School, and the bleachers were packed with spectators.

Wrestlers from Hermiston, Crane, Heppner/Ione, Irrigon, Baker/Powder Valley, Union/Cove, Pine Eagle, Imbler, Adrian and Elgin joined the Prospectors, competing on the mats in the round-robin tournament.

Grant Union sophomore Drew Lusco (285) finished the tournament with .

“The competition is good, and it’s nice having all these teams here,” he said, adding it was a great opportunity to show off their program to the community and visitors.

“There is some tough competition here,” said senior Collin Harvey, who had three wins near the end of the event. “We had a pretty good turnout on the number of teams that showed up today.”

Grant Union head coach Andy Lusco said the tournament was running smoothly.

“They’ve wrestled pretty well,” he said of his team. “We had tough competition, and a lot of first-time wrestlers got their first matches in.”

He said the home invitational will be a benefit as they continue on with the season, including increasing their endurance.

“We’re making improvements,” he said.

















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