MADRAS - Grant Union wrestlers pride themselves in facing stiff competition and the Madras Tournament Jan. 7 was no exception.
Returning from the Reno, Nevada, after competing against 92 other teams at the Sierra Nevada Classic, the Prospectors jumped right back into the thick of local competition facing a slate of mostly Class 3A and 4A junior varsity teams.
Entered in the nine-team tournament in addition to Grant Union and the host team were Sisters, Cascade, Mac-Hi, North Lake, Marist and the Crook County and Redmond junior varsity squads.
"We took six wrestlers to the tournament and Aaron Humbird competed just in exhibition matches," Grant Union coach Dave Naibert said. "Of the six we took, every one of them placed."
At 135 pounds, Logan Titus lost by a pin fall to Chuck Rosenfeld from Madras in the championship match to finish in second place.
Chris Boyer, wrestling at 112 pounds, pinned Cascades' Mark Collier in the consolation final to finish third.
Rustin McLeod won a 19-5 major decision over Warren Hernandez from Madras in the consolation match at 152 pounds to finish third.
At 160 pounds, Gus Stiner finished in fourth place losing to Crook County's Brian Chapman 11-5 in the consolation final.
Isaac Whitman wrestled in his first full tournament at 130 pounds after suffering early-season injuries. Naibert said the freshmen did well and finished in sixth place.
In his three exhibition matches at 152 pounds, Humbird scored three first period pins defeating Ben McLern from Crook County, Terry Shaffer from Mac-Hi and Marist's Andrew Herloro.