3 earn medals at Orofino Tournament
Tyrell Langston and Brandon Poxleitner each earned a third place medal while Mitch Jungert earned a fourth place medal at the annual Orofino Wrestling Tournament held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17.Tyrell Langston works over a Clarkston wrestler on his way to a third place medal.
Wrestling Friday night was for seeding into the bracketed portion of the tournament on Saturday. We have results of Saturday’s brackets.
At 140 lbs. Poxleitner opened with a 4-1 win over Justin Heater of Kamiah. In the semifinals he faced Nic Moncrief of Joseph and lost by pin at the 5:15 mark.
In the consolation semifinals he won by pin in 2:13 over a Kamiah wrestler.
In the 3rd place match he faced Heater again and had to go to overtime for a 10-8 decision to earn third place.
Langston wrestler at 160 lbs. and opened against Michael Lacey of Orofino. He fell behind in the second period but pulled ahead with a takedown and then held on for a 4-3 win. In the semifinals he faced Les Wright of Kamiah and took a 7-1 lead by the end of the first period but Wright rallied back to finally beat Langston 12-13. In the consolation semifinals Langston faced Friend Bechtel of Moscow and did everything except pin him as he was by technical fall 18-2. In the 3rd place match he faced Danny Randles of Clarkston and dominated the match on his way to a 13-2 win.
At 285 lbs. Jungert opened with a loss by pin in 53 seconds to Cameron Princena of Wallowa, Ore. 
In the consolation bracket he faced Daniel Minarich of Pine Eagle, Ore. After 2 periods the match was still scoreless. Jungert was in the down position to start the third period and as he rose up, Minarich pulled him over and Jungert wound up on top as Minarich basically pinned himself at the 3:07 mark. In the consolation semifinals Jungert was to face Garth Schilling of Orofino but Schilling had been injured in his previous match and Jungert won by forfeit. In the 3rd place match Jungert faced Princena again and the result was the same as their first match as Princena won by pin in 41 seconds.
At 145 lbs. James Jackson was eliminated 1 match shy of the medal matches. He opened against Brendan Keeler of Grangeville and won by pin in 3:31. In the semifinals he faced personal nemesis Slade Jacobs of Kamiah. Jacobs took control in the second period and went on to win 5-12.  In the consolation semifinals he faced Eric McCall of Moscow, who he had beaten a week earlier in the Kamiah Tournament. This time McCall controlled the match and won 0-4 to eliminate Jackson.
At 112 lbs. Nick Hartnett started the day by getting pinned in 37 seconds by Gabriel Davis of Moscow. He then faced Stu Stevens of Lewiston and was eliminated by pin at the 4:32 mark.
At 215 lbs. Chance Ratcliff lost his opening round match to Scott Mosman of Pomeroy by pin in 39 seconds. In the consolation bracket he lost to Greg Holcomb of Grangeville by pin in 2:39.
At 130 lbs. Philip Smakman wrestled in the B bracket. He lost his first match by pin in 2:03 to Micky Smith of Clarkston. In the consolation round he faced Trenton Phelps of Elgin and won by pin in 43 seconds. In the consolation final he lost by pin in 2:11.3 for 4th place in the B bracket.
At 152 lbs. Nick Creutzberg wrestled in the C bracket. He received a first round bye and then faced a wrestler from Enterprise, Ore. in the semifinals and lost 2-9. In the consolation round he lost by pin in 1:58 to Devin Payne of Wallace.
Brandon Poxleitner ties up a Kamiah wrestler.
Mitch Jungert grapples with a Pine Eagle (Oregon) wrestler. 

27-Home match at Prairie Middle School gym, 6 p.m. (new addition to schedule)
29-at Kamiah, 6 p.m.
30 & 31-New Plymouth Tournament
  3-at Potlatch, 6 p.m. Originally scheduled for Dec. 18.
10-at Orofino, 6 p.m.
20 &21-Districts, at Grangeville
26-28-State at Pocatello

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