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Hells Canyon Journal February 16, 1994 Page 13 ,t Way to First Spartan 130-pounder Brad Randall took a gold medal for the home team Friday, claiming the championship in his weight class at the 1994 Pine-Eagle Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The Richland senior defeated Jake Ricker of Union 21-5 in the final to claim his gold. Sopho- more teammate Terry Sitkoff, competing at 136, claimed a bronze third-place medal in the event with his third-round pin over Jeff Hanson of Cambridge. "Our kids wrestled well," reported Spartan coach Rob Crawford, '%ut the event overall was disappointing. The last couple of years, this has been an outstanding tournament, with thirteen or fourteen teams attending. This year, how- ever, four of the bigger teams pulled out at the last minute, leaving us with only eight teams-- we had a lot of weight classes with only two or three kids in them, which made for a slow tournament. I can't really blame those teams that pulled out--it's just that at this time of year, a lot of kids are approaching their 28- match limit before districts and would be unable to complete the tournament if they started. We may try to do this earlier in the season next year." Cambridge, Crane, Fruitland, Payette, Prairie City, Union, and WaUowa competed at the tourney, in addition to the host Spartans. Randall opened his day at the tourney with an 8-7 loss to Fruitland standout Kyle MacKenzie in an exhibition match. 'This match didn't count in the tournament," said Monday Evening Womens: Molly Landers 5-7 split Teena Seal 191 - 127 Jonie Benson 157 - 178 - 150 - 135 Wednesday Afternoon Mixed: Betty Lindsay 203 Wednesday Evening Mixed Doubles: Delores Dennis 183- 134- 185 Thursday Evening Mens: Craig Jackson 241 - 203 - 132 Open Bowling:. Chuck Butler 190 John Marsh 202 Susan Sciarrino 202 Junior Bowling: Grades 1-3 Joe Hanley Trenton Becktold Ben Becktold Grades 4-6 Joby Sciarrino Josh Endersby Grades 7-9 Willy Lincoln 65 65 63 107 157 Results of the tournament in Baker City will appear in next week's C YOS JOURNAL Crawford, '%ut we thought it would be a good one for both wrestlers--neither had a real challenge in his own weight class Friday, and both needed a good tune-up for districts. It was an excellent practice match for both:guys, and could have gone either way." After a Rrst-round bye in the brackets, Randall pinned Matthew Brainard of Wallowa in the semifinals to earn his championship match with Ricker. Sitkoff surrendered a 15-6 decision to Rocky Starks of Payette to open his tournament, but rebounded with the victory over Hanson to earn his medal. Terrywas pretty sluggish in his first match," said Crawford, '%ut he came back and wrestled very well against Hanson. We think he l show this year's improvement at districts-- our guys usually do pretty well there when in Baker comes down to brass tacks." Other champions were Jordan Joseph of Fruitland at 98 pounds; Cory Storms of Payette at 106 pounds; Jason Huber of Cambridge at 115 pounds; Josh Malson of Fruitland at 123 pounds; Kyle MacKenzie of Fruitland at 136 pounds; Sterling Otley of Crane at 141 pounds; Shane Russell of Cambridge at 148 pounds; Anthony Castro of Payette at 157 pounds; Jason Rogers of Union at 168 pounds; Dave Hively of Payette at 178 pounds; Jamie Parks of Payette at 191 pounds; and Forrest Holdorf of Fruitland at heavyweight. Payette claimed the team trophy with 139 1/2 points, edging out second-place Fruitland, with 138. The Spartans' next action is the district tournament at Elgin, beginning Friday. Febru- ary 18. Resolution See the GMC Truck line at your Itm heast Oregon GMC Deabrsl Enterprise La Grande