GUHS wrestlers send pair to state

Grant Union's Justin Bartlett fights hard to force Umatilla wrestler Ross Pack's shoulders to the mat in a 145-pound match at the District 4-2A Tournament. Bartlett had several opportunities to pin his opponent, and finally managed to hold Pack down for the count in the second period. Photo by Tim Adams

CRANE - Grant Union High School will be represented by two wrestlers at the state tournament at the Portland Coliseum beginning on Friday, Feb. 21, after qualifying at the District 4-1A/2A Tournament on Feb. 14-15.

At 145 pounds, Nick Stiner won the overall championship, pinning Kalan Morinka from Nyssa in the championship match.

Stiner finished the regular season with a 31-2 record, and coach Dave Naibert said he expected the senior to do well at the state tournament.

Josh Arnall lost in the semifinals at 125 pounds, but came back to defeat Seth Mendel from Imbler 11-1 to earn a trip to the state as the No. 3 wrestler from the district.

Naibert said 17 Prospector wrestlers went to the district tournament and nine placed.

Justin Bartlett finished fourth at 145 pounds.

"Justin was leading in the match but got stuck and ended up losing 5-2," Naibert said.

Mitchell Martishius finished in fifth place at 103 pounds, and Rustin McLeod was sixth at 135 pounds.

Sam Stinnett (171) and Dustin Heideman (140) both finished in fifth place in their respective weight divisions.

Justin Cernazanu squared off against teammate Peter Diezel for fifth and sixth place at 160 pounds, respectively, to round out the Grant Union placers.

"Most of the kids lost close matches in the semifinals and got knocked down to the fifth-and sixth-place matches," Naibert said. "Most of them lost to juniors and seniors with a lot more experience. Right now, Justin (Bartlett) is just a freshman and Sam (Stinnett) is a sophomore, so we will have some experience coming back next year."

Grant Union finished in fourth place as a team at the district tournament which was won by Nyssa.

Pine Eagle placed second, and Enterprise was third.

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