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Pleasant Hill places third at Junction City wrestling tournament


Pleasant Hill finished third behind Lakeridge and Junction City in a Saturday wrestling tournament hosted by the Tigers.
The Billies had pair of individual winners with Jacob Pray taking the top spot at 138 pounds and Titus Rice at 145.
Pray won by a 2:48 pin, 16-1 technical fall, 43 second pin and 13-3 decision then won the first place match with a 7-1 decision.
Rice opened with pins in 2:34, 1:26 and 4:16 then won a 13-3 decision before recording his fourth pin in 2:51 in the finals.
Rice remained unbeaten for the season.
He wrestled with the Billies at an early age, before returning this year as a senior transfer from Creswell.
Ethan Litson (120) and Asher Ruchti (160) finished second.
Litson recorded four pins in 3:50, 1:45, 48 seconds and 3:11 to advance to the finals while Ruchti reached the finals with 1;18, 1:38 and 2:37 pins before dropping a 7-3 decision.
Jackson O’Connor went 3-2 at 113 pounds with 31 second and 27 second pins and a 1:37 pin in the battle for fifth.
Samuel Baker also finished 3-2 at 138 pounds with pins in 20 seconds, 2:27 and 46 seconds.
Skylar Peters took fourth at 145 with 37 second and 5:08 pins.
Charles Conrad (152) won his opening match with a 5:26 pin before being injured and placing sixth.
Logan Parrish (170) won three of four matches to place fifth. Following an opening loss, Parrish won by 3:41 and a pair of 41 second pins.
Kellen Parrish finished third and Gavin Cantamessa fourth at 220 pounds. Parrish recorded two pins and Cantamessa one.
Isabella Rodolf and Jaesa Ruchti won their girls divisions.
Coach Dahn Nikitins said ”it was a chance for the kids to get lots of matches. The format was set up to keep the kids engaged.”
”The kids wrestled well and kept up their enthusiasm.”



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