McNary goes 4-4 at Oregon Classic

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary head wrestling coach Jason Ebbs saw progress at the Oregon Classic in Redmond as the Celtics won their final four dual matches. After losing its first four matches to North Medford, Grants Pass, Baker and Crook County, McNary got a much-needed victory, 39-33, over Mazama on Friday, Jan. 13 to close out the first day of competition and carried that momentum to Saturday, where the Celtics were a perfect 3-0. “We knew we’d have a hard time but the really cool thing was, despite the quality of those programs, we continued to put 20 to 30 points up on the board, every single match,” Ebbs said. “That’s a really good number for what we have. We were hanging in there and doing a good job.” A freshman came up big in McNary’s first match of Day 2, a 42-30 victory against Summit, as Brian Buchholz got his first varsity win at 182 pounds by pinning Dylan Kaminski. “Earlier in the dual, we lost a match that I didn’t think we were going to lose,” Ebbs said. “The dual was at risk and he came out with a big W and pinned his guy. He was fighting and he competed. He got off the bottom and turned it into a positive spot. That’s what we’re looking for.” The Celtics topped Ashland 48-18 and...

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