As of Wednesday, January 27, 2016
In the past two tournaments at the Bob Beisell Invitational and Madras Invite, The Dalles wrestling team has enjoyed a pair of championship runs from JR Scott and Joe Linebarger.
“The kids who wrestled at the event wrestled hard and achieved various degrees of success,” said TD head coach Greg Burkart.
At 160 pounds, Scott has been a beacon of light this season for the short-handed Riverhawk varsity squad.
The freshman won a handful of matches in a row and vaulted into championship status this past weekend ending Saturday in the 14-team Madras White Buffalo Invitational.
On Jan. 16 in Forest Grove, Linebarger (23-2 overall) pinned North Salem’s Eduardo Ramirez in the first round, and then added a pin over Forest Grove’s Leonard Blix to advance to the semifinals.
There, he dominated Reynolds’ Dalton Holmes by a first-round pinfall to move into the 220-pound championship round against Century’s Jacob Garibaldo.
Linebarger won by a 9-1 major decision to secure his title.
At 145 pounds, Breckterfield (12-9) started with an opening-round bye, and won his first match by an 11-6 decision over Grant’s Jake Hudson.
In his semifinal match, Breckterfield, a sophomore, lost by pin in the second round, and added another second-round pinfall loss to Forest Grove’s Quentin Oppenlander.
The only other Riverhawk wrestler to pick up points was 126-pounder, Cole Davis.
Davis (3-8) defeated Grant’s Zachary Hudson at 28 seconds by pinfall to move into the next round.
Davis lost by first-round pin in the quarterfinals.
In his consolation match, Davis ended up losing by first-round pinfall at 31 seconds to end his tournament run.
Levi Krueger won his first match of the year.
The Dalles starts league action at 6 p.m. Thursday against Pendleton.
Burkart knows his athletes will need top efforts in order to fare well in league action and at regionals on Feb. 19 and 20 in Bend.
“We need to keep working hard and improve as we approach the league season,” Burkart said.