Columbia High’s wrestling team opened at home last Friday with victories over The Dalles Wahtonka junior varsity and the varsity from Irrigon, Ore.
Against The Dalles Wahtonka, the Bruins cleaned up in the upper weight classes, scoring five consecutive pins—for 30 points—to take control of the meet. They finished with a 42-31 margin of victory.
Kevin Kreps (152 pounds), Connor Warner (160), Jenson Ladiges (171), Seth Bell (189) and Ben Ward (215) each won by fall in the first or second period, helping Columbia erase a 25-0 TDW advantage.
Columbia also came from behind against Irrigon, winning the last four matches of the meet to claim a 42-22 win.
Warner, Ladiges and Bell led the CHS charge by pinning their opponents in the first or second period.
Columbia also gained 18 points from three forfeits and picked up six points with wins by decision by Leo Torres (119) and Devin Bulick (215).
“It was a good start for us,” said first-year Bruins Coach Scott Bliss, “especially considering the little amount of pratice time we had (before the first meet), due to the fact we had to practice each day at 6:30 a.m. because we share the room with Henkle (Middle School’s wrestling team).”