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Pleasant Hill wrestlers place fourth at Junction City

Billies wrestler Aston Ruchti struggles to keep Scio opponent Hunter Robinson from overtaking him during the second round of their bout. Pleasant Hill hosted a four-team divisional coed meet against Colton, Harrisburg and Scio on Jan. 18. The Billies won against Colton, 15-6; lost to Harrisburg; and lost to Scio, 24-57. CHRISTOPHER PALANUK

Pleasant Hill finished fourth in a 17-team wrestling tournament Saturday at Junction City.
Freshman Asher Ruchti won the 126-pound bracket. Ruchti finished first in his pool, then used a 52-second quarterfinal pin followed by a 1:26 win in the semis and 6-1 decision in the finals.
Samuel Baker was fourth at 126, winning a 15-0 technical fall and an 11-second pin followed by a 2:00 pin to reach the semis.
Blaine Rodolf reached the 138-pound championship match and took second. Rodolf won by a 16-1 technical fall and 2:39 pin in pool action, then recorded 2:28 and 41-second pins in the quarter- and semi-final rounds, respectively.
Ethan Litson placed fifth at 113 pounds, rebounding with a 5:34 pin and 18-1 technical fall. Preston Nesbitt was seventh at 113 pounds.
Thomas Bardgett used a 3:21 quarterfinals pin to reach the semis and placed fourth at 132 pounds.
Grant Hardy used an 18-11 decision to finish fifth at 145 pounds.
Logan Parrish recorded a pair of pins to finish ninth at 152 pounds.
Rowan VonOrtloff pinned his pool opponents in 41 seconds, 1:44 and 2:17, then lost in the semis before winning the 160-pound third-place match 11-8.
Kellen Parrish was seventh at 195 pounds.
Isabelle Rodolf used 2:32, 3:17 and 4:16 pins to win the girls’ A division.
Jaesa Ruchti went 4-1 and finished second in the girls’ B bracket. She recorded 1:33 and 3:07 pins and 8-3 and 8-4 decisions.
The Billies travel to Cottage Grove for a Saturday tourney.



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