Buffs enter seven wrestlers in varsity bracket, get three on the podium.
The team score didn't necessarily reflect it, but another weekend showed consistent strides for several Madras wrestlers.
The Buffs scored 69 points at the Bend Invitational, which put them in sixth place out of seven teams. Part of that was entering only seven wrestlers in the varsity bracket. Once again, however, most of those who did enter the bracket made their mark.
Harrison Manu scored 20 points for the Buffs in the 182-pound division, winning his first two matches by fall, against Nick Williams of La Pine and Kai Johnson of Summit, respectively.
Manu lost by a 3-1 decision in the finals to Mountain View's Luke Schulz, who has a 10-2 record on the season.
Quentin Scott, wrestling in 285, bounced back from a loss to Reed Sehorn-Hurst of Mountain View in the semifinals. Scott made it to the third-place match, where he won by fall over Bend's Patrick Davis in 5:56. Four of Scott's five wins have come in the last two weeks.
Catalino LeClaire scored 15 team points in 160. He dropped a close technical fall match in the semifinals against Frankie Leskowski of Mountain View, but was able to salvage a third-place finish in the bracket.
Other point-scorers for Madras included Kody Zemke, who started off the tournament with an impressive win by fall in just 19 seconds over Patrick Dingeman of Sisters. Zemke finished fourth in 195 and scored 14 points.
Tyrell Reynoso went 2-2 for the tournament, settling for a sixth-place finish in 152 after dropping a 12-1 major decision against La Pine's Jared Dyer.
Mountain View won the tournament with 303.5 points, followed by second-place Bend (240) and third-place La Pine (221.5).
The Buffs will have a short week of practice, as they head to Crook County Thursday for the Clash Before the Classic, starting at 4 p.m.
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