CONTENDERS: Grant Union foursome throw their weight around at state

CONTENDERS: Grant Union foursome throw their weight around at state

SALEM - The Grant Union wrestlers took a long bus ride to Salem for the 3A State Tournament Feb. 16-17 and were rewarded with two top-five finishes.

Logan Titus placed in the top five for the second year in a row with a fourth-place finish, and Aaron Humbird took home fifth place.

"They did pretty good," said Coach Dave Naibert. "Logan had to go up against two returning champions in his weight division, so it was pretty tough competition."

Titus, competing in the 135-pound class, beat Brandon Jordan of Sheridan and then lost to Casey Walker of Burns before recovering and beating Scott Bettencourt of Coquille to claim fourth place.

Humbird, competing in the the 160-pound class, fell to Dustin Milsap of Sheridan in the first match but went on to defeat Michial Kartal of Gervais and Tyson Seaman of Toledo for a fifth-place finish.

Also traveling to the tournament were Isaac Whitman, who wrestles in the 130- pound class and Ian McLeod, in the 152-pound class. Although neither placed in the top five, both had strong showings, each going 2-2.

The four advanced to state meet after a strong finish at districts. Titus and Humbird each claimed a second-place finish while Whitman and McLeod each claimed third.

The Grant Union team has been strong all year and finished winning 59 percent of their matches with an overall record of 229-157.

The Prospectors also added five more names to the "25-plus club," which can only be attained by winning 25 or more matches in a single season.

Three of the five will be returning next year, including Isaac Whitman at 26-13, Ian McLeod at 26-14 and Conner Madison at 31-9. The two departing seniors, Titus and Humbird, posted 30-3 and 34-9 records respectively, and while the team will miss their leadership, Naibert was optimistic in his outlook for next year.

"We have a good nucleus of talent for next year," said Naibert. "We should do real well."

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