Batease boys to head to state

<p>Jake Batease of Grant Union High School takes on an opponent in the District Wrestling Tournament Feb. 18 at Burns. Batease took the championship of the 285-pound class.</p>

BURNS - Grant Union High School junior Jake Batease took the district championship in the 285-pound weight class on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Burns.

He and brother Caleb, a sophomore, head to the Oregon State Wrestling Finals, with action set to begin Friday, Feb. 24, at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The finals for the state meet will be Saturday, Feb. 25.

"Because of his second place at state last year and this district championship, Jake should be the No. 1 seed. We hope he'll be state champion," said Grant Union coach Dave Naibert.

At districts in Burns, Jake pinned Christian Rodriguez of Vale in 52 seconds in the first round of the semifinals. He pinned Kye Yraguen of Vale in 1:58 in the first round of the finals to claim the district title.

The wins put Jake's season record at 30-2, his only losses to last year's Idaho 5A state champion.

Caleb Batease took second place in district at 220 pounds. He pinned John Gazeler of Vale in 34 seconds in the first round of the semifinals, but lost a 7-2 decision in the championship finals to Skylar Emery of Nyssa. Emery, a senior, was third in the heavyweight spot in last year's districts.

"Caleb can come through and finish pretty high in state, if not the championship," said Naibert.

Also competing at districts were two other Grant Union grapplers.

At 195 pounds, sophomore Kyle Carpenter finished in sixth place, losing to junior Jordan Daugherty of Burns in the consolation round.

Prospector sophomore Dillon Griffith also took sixth place in the 126 pound class. He lost in the consolation round to junior Edgar Navarro of Riverside.


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