ELGIN – Grant Union’s wrestling team is gaining momentum as the season progresses.

The wrestlers battled to seventh place at the Dec. 19-20 John Rysdam Tournament in Elgin.

Clay Johnson placed second in his weight class, going 4-1, and Chance Ballou placed third.

Taking fourth in their weight classes were Jesse Paulson and Reuben Nelson. Hadley Boethin and Dillon Maley placed fifth, and Jay Goldblatt and Andrew Copenhaver took sixth.

Grant Union had 10 healthy wrestlers for the Dec. 12-13 Calhoun Classic in Nyssa.

Head coach Andy Lusco said Johnson wrestled well, taking third at the tourney.

“James Mabe and Chance Ballou wrestled in a tough varsity bracket,” Lusco added.

He noted that Maley, Boethin, Goldblatt and Hunter Martin each won a match in what was their first high school meet.

Lusco said Paulson, Nelson and Paul Roark had “their first taste of wrestling, and wrestled tough.”

“We have lots of freshmen and first-year wrestlers who are working hard and making great progress,” he said.

He said the team is looking forward to the Feb. 21 district meet in Enterprise.

The team is scheduled to wrestle in Baker City on Jan. 16 and will host a tournament Jan. 23 at Grant Union. Duals with Burns/Crane are set for Jan. 29.

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