By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chroncle
Blake Nelson won his 220-pound weight class as Bulldog wrestlers competed in the large, two-day Grants Pass Tournament on Dec. 15-16.
Nelson toughed out a 4-3 triple-overtime win over Blake Larson of Dayton in the championship match. He was 4-0 on the day.
“He’s driven; he constantly pushes himself to be better,” Head Coach Wayne Roberts said of Nelson. “He’s an example to the team of where dedication and hard work can get you, and we’re really proud of him.”
Mejia-Rice, a junior and two-time state champion at 145 pounds, went 4-1 to place third at that weight.
“It was a huge, tough tournament, so placing third is really good – but he lost to a kid he definitely should not have lost to, a kid he beat last year,” Roberts said. “I’m confident that if Titus puts in the work he’ll get where he needs to be this season, because his goal has always been to be a four-time state champion.”
Alex Metteer was 4-3 at 113 pounds, and Jeramiya Yates was 0-2 at 195.
In the girls’ tournament, Alexia Vinje went 3-2, placing fourth at 125 pounds. “She’s a leader on the team and she’s working hard,” Roberts said. “This is her senior season and she really wants to do well.”
Hannah Bettis, Carley Wilkerson and Raven Rimer all went 0-2 at 125 pounds.
Wrestling JV, Giovonni Vazquez was 3-2 at 126 pounds in his first-ever tournament. “We’re hopeful once he gets his technique solid he’ll be a great wrestler,” Roberts said.
Josiah Lee was 1-2 at 120 pounds, picking up his first win.
The Dawgs are back in action Dec. 28 at Junction City.