By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Baker won three of four dual matches at the first Bulldog Invitational dual wrestling tournament to place third in the eight-team event at BHS Saturday.
The Bulldogs defeated Joseph 61-18 to open action Saturday morning. Parma, Idaho, handed Baker its only loss, 54-19, in the semifinals. Baker then bounced back to defeat Wallowa 52-16 in the consolation semis, and Riverside 51-24 in the third-place match.
Union topped Parma 57-24 to win the tournament championship.
andquot;It was a good dual tournament and we plan to do it again next year,andquot; said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
andquot;Overall, I was proud of the kids the way they stepped it up. We had a little downfall against Parma, but the kids came back to win their next two matches.
Jesse Christensen finished the day 4-0 at 125 pounds, as did Seth Klassen at 160. Finishing 3-1 for Baker were Jon Henry (189), Quincy Warner (130), Mike Voss (152), Micah Johnson (135) and Trent Tomasini (112).
Baker thumps Joseph
Tomasini, Warner, Johnson, Voss, Klassen and Henry all defeated their Eagles opponent by pin.
Christensen won 13-4, and Josh Bryant (140) 16-11.
Grant Marcum (119), Jake Voss (145) and Hartman won by forfeit.
Klassen and Hartman earned victories by pin for Baker.
Christensen won 12-3, and Henry 6-5. In Henry's match, the Baker grappler built a 6-2 lead after two rounds, then held off a late rally.
Treeing the Cougars
Against Wallowa, Baker wrestlers Marcum, Warner and Mike Voss each won by pin.
Johnson claimed an 18-5 decision. Tomasini, Christensen, Bryant, Jake Voss and Klassen all won by forfeit.
Baker squared off against Greater Oregon League rival Riverside in the third-place match.
Christensen, Warner, Mike Voss and Klassen all won by pin.
Henry scored three points in the final round to break a 1-1 tie and earn a 4-1 decision.
Tomasini, Marcum, Johnson and Jake Voss all won by forfeit.
Concessions for the tournament were handled by parents from the Baker High School wrestling team.
Baker travels to the Best of the West dual tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Tri-Cities, Wash.
Baker 61, Joseph 18
103 S. Garnett (J) by forfeit. 112 Tomasini (B) pinned Jarman, third. 119 Marcum (B) by forfeit. 125 Christensen (B) dec. Johnson, 13-4. 130 Warner (B) pinned Warnock, first. 135 Johnson (B) pinned Baldwin, first. 140 Bryant (B) dec. Jordan, 16-11. 145 J. Voss (B) by forfeit. 152 M. Voss (B) pinned Esquibel, second. 160 Klassen (B) pinned Waters, first. 171 Hartman (B) by forfeit. 189 Henry (B) pinned Lowe, first. 215 Warr (J) by forfeit. 275 B. Garnett (J) pinned Garrick, first.
Parma 54, Baker 19
103 Solko (P) by forfeit. 112 Black (P) pinned Tomasini, first. 119 Danes (P) dec. Marcum, 10-4. 125 Christensen (B) dec. Kline, 12-3. 130 Koplin (P) dec. Warner, 8-6. 135 Nelson (P) pinned Johnson, second. 140 Rochester (P) pinned Bryant, first. 145 Dawson (P) pinned J. Voss, second. 152 Maxfield (P) pinned M. Voss, first. 160 Klassen (B) pinned Navarette, second. 171 Hartman (B) pinned Noblitt, second. 189 Henry (B) dec. Finley, 6-5. 215 Brown (P) by forfeit. 275 Riley (P) by forfeit.
Baker 52, Wallowa 16
103 Double forfeit. 112 Tomasini (B) by forfeit. 119 Marcum (B) pinned Byers, second. 125 Christensen (B) by forfeit. 130 Warner (B) pinned B. Brainard, first. 135 Johnson (B) dec. S. Brainard, 18-5. 140 Bryant (B) by forfeit. 145 J. Voss (B) by forfeit. 152 M. Voss (B) pinned Robb, first. 160 Klassen (B) by forfeit. 171 McKenzie (W) pinned Hartman, second. 189 Bednar (W) dec. Henry, 14-3. 215 Lathrop (W) by forfeit. 275 Double forfeit.
Baker 51, Riverside 24
103 Double forfeit. 112 Tomasini (B) by forfeit. 119 Marcum (B) by forfeit. 125 Christensen (B) pinned Garcia, first. 130 Warner (B) pinned Torres, second. 135 Johnson (B) by forfeit. 140 Tovey (R) pinned Bryant, first. 145 J. Voss (B) by forfeit. 152 M. Voss (B) pinned Simpson, third. 160 Klassen (B) pinned Drennan, first. 171 Parish (R) by injury default over Hartman, first. 189 Henry (B) dec. Pedro, 4-1. 215 Cavello (R) by forfeit. 275 Thomason (R) by forfeit.