Grapplers manhandle No. 8 Madras, 64-9

With five different wrestlers than when Sweet Home defeated Madras at the Oregon Classic, Coach Steve Thorpe’s Huskies ran away with another win over the eighth-ranked squad from Central Oregon.

The Huskies raced to a 64-9 win Thursday at home, moving up in the state rankings to the No. 1 spot in dual meets and No. 2 on the tournament list (behind Phoenix).

“We had five different wrestlers than the week before,” Coach Thorpe said. “That’s a testimony to how deep our team is.”

Across the board the Huskies performed well, making the win appear easy against a team that is highly regarded in wrestling circles this season.

“It’s hard to pick out anyone individually because we have so many wrestlers working so hard right now as a team,” Coach Thorpe said.

Kyle Temple stepped up to 130 pounds from 125 to fill in a slot and handled Hanson 13-7.

“Kyle is wrestling very well right now,” Coach Thorpe said. “He’s doing what it takes to be a better wrestler and it’s paying off. He’s very solid, never gives up.”

Chad Emmert excited the Husky fans by working his way back into the varsity line in a tough weight class, then decisioned Dupont 12-4.

Dupont is ranked No. 7 in the state.

The Helfrich brothers scored a pair of pins for the night. Israel Helfrich moved up to 145 pounds and pinned Stovall in 3:35, while his younger brother, David, pinned Whitaker in 1:09.

Scoring the fastest pin of the night was Andrew Swanson who took a mere seven seconds to defeat David Casey at 103 pounds.

Matt Vassar wasn’t far behind Swanson, scoring a 29 second pin at 189 pounds over Jake Collier.

Trevor Burchard scored an exciting pin at 171 pounds. Down 4-1 going into the third round, Burchard pinned Vibbert at 4:10 for the win. Burchard had earned a spot in the lineup with a challenge win over Bostrom.

“It’s going to take a very good team to stop this squad,” Coach Thorpe said. “We have a lot of second and third men who could easily be wrestling varsity somewhere else.”

Calendar: The Huskies will host Central Thursday. JV action starts at 6 p.m. There will also be Sweet Home Mat Club exhibitions that night.

Friday the Huskies compete at the McKay Tournament. Mat action starts at 4 p.m.

103: Swanson pinned Casey in seven seconds; 112: Emmert dec. Dupont 12-4; 119: Johnson won by forfeit; 125: Rosa won by forfeit; 130: Temple dec. Hanson 13-7; 135: Zurcher dec. Oliver 17-8; 140: Carr was dec. 8-5 by Neff; 145: I. Helfrich pinned Stovall in 3:35; 152: Lambert was pinned by Oliver in 4:43; 160: D. Helfrich pinned Whitaker in 1:09; 171: Burchard pinned Vibbert in 5:10; 189: Vassar pinned Collier in 29 seconds; 215: Brewer pinned Scott in 1:07; Heavyweight: Ellis tech falled Scott 17-2.