OROFINO, Idaho - The tournament was named the Maniac Invitational, which is an unusual title for a wrestling event, but "The Maniac" is the mascot's name at Orofino High School that hosted a 14-team tournament Jan. 13-14 featuring some of the top high school teams from Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Grant Union coach Dave Naibert said teams from Aberdeen and Pullman, Washington, along with the big squad from Lewiston, Idaho, were the dominating teams in attendance.

"Our kids did pretty well against some tough competition," he said. We just took eight wrestlers to the tournament and had four of them place."

Naibert said most of the time the Prospectors ended up being matched against wrestlers from big schools, but held their own.

"Aberdeen has a big team and Potlach, Idaho, had some really tough kids," he said.

At 135 pounds, Grant Union's Logan Titus won four straight matches to reach the championship round where he dropped a close 3-0 decision to Dillon Lenius from Potlach to win the silver medal.

After winning five matches in two days, Gus Stiner at 160 pounds lost 6-5 to Kody Foster from Aberdeen in the championship match to finish in second place.

Ian McLeod finished third at 145 pounds, pinning Potlach's Shane McCarver in the third period.

McLeod lost an earlier match by one point and wrestled in the consolation final.

Wrestling at 112 pounds, Chris Boyer also reached the consolation final match where he was beaten by Victor Barona from Pullman to finish fourth.

In other matches, Aaron Humbird had a 3-3 record in the 152-pound division and Rustin McLeod was 2-2, also at 152 pounds.

After earlier losses in round-robin matches, freshmen Isaac Whitman (130) and Donnie Speakman (275) were placed in the B Tournament where Whitman finished in first place in his division and Speakman came in second.

"It was a long ride for us to get over to Northern Idaho for the tournament, but it was worth it," Naibert said. "We did a pretty fair job against some good teams."

Grant Union returns to action Jan. 21 at Burns and wrestles in the Wapiti Dual meet Jan. 27.

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