The McNary High School varsity wrestling team attended the Oregon Classic where Celt Alvarro Venegas took down one of the state’s top-ranked wrestlers.
Venegas threw down with Roseburg High School’s Will Reddekopp at the Redmond-based tournament and came up with a 3-2 win. Venegas was one of only two Celts to escape with outright wins in the dual meet, teammate Brayden Ebbs beat Roseburg’s Isaiah Hernandez in an 8-5 decision. Junior Joey Kibbey also notched a win after his opponent left the mat with an injury. McNary lost the contest 49-18.
Overall, McNary took something of a beating at the six-team tournament. In five dual meets, the Celts only bestedClackamas High School.
Aside from Clackamas, the Celts got closest to a win in a dual meet vs. Glencoe High School. Glencoe edged McNary by a single point, 36-35.
Match winners for the Celts were: Riley Repp, fall 4:39; Ebbs, fall 1:50; Jonathon Phelps, 9-0; Carlos Vincent, 12-4; and Venegas, fall 1:18.
The Barlow High School Bruins also slipped past McNary in a 39-30 dual meet. McNary winners were: Repp, 14-2; Ebbs, 3:11; Sean Burrows, 19-6; Michael Phelps, 19-6;Gage Mance, fall 1:17; Venegas, 9-5; and Kyle Bonn, 5-3.
Culver High School also took down McNary 46-33. Celtic match winners were: J. Phelps, 4-3; Mance, fall :49; and Venegas, fall :44. Kibbey, Ebbs and Bonn won by forfeit.
While the tournament wasn’t the brightest moment for the mat men this season, several of the Celtics have cracked state rankings. Venegas is furthest along. His win over Reddekopp put him third in the state at 195 pounds. Taran Purkey is sixth at 182 pounds; Vincent is 11th at 160 pounds; M. Phelps is 10th at 132 pounds; Burrows is 13th at 126 pounds; and Ebbs is ninth at 120 pounds.