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Five Burns grapplers compete at state

 

Dallon Higgins and William Simmons of Scio wrestle in the first round of the tournament. (Photos by LINDY WILLIAMS)

The Burns Hilanders had three wrestlers place in the top six of their respective weight classes and finished in 12th place at the OSAA 3A State Wrestling Championships held Feb. 24-25 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Dallon Higgins (126) and Evan Gunderson (152) both placed third, and Kyran Simpson (132) finished in sixth place for Burns.

Nyssa won the 3A team title, finishing with 287 points. Willamina/Falls City was a distant second with 167 points, followed by Dayton with 134, Glide 122, and Harrisburg 107.5 in the top five. Burns finished with 47.5 points.

Individual results for Burns are as follows:

113 — Anthony Moulton received a bye; lost by fall (1:06); won by forfeit; lost by fall (3:43).

126 — Higgins won by fall (3:00); won by fall (2:50); lost by decision, 8-6; won by decision, 6-4; won by decision, 8-4. Placed third.

Kyran Simpson grapples with Austin Russell of La Pine in the first round of state wrestling. Simpson would go on to win the match. The two would face each other again in the fifth place match where Russell would capture the win.

126 — Sebastion Johnson received a bye; lost by fall (5:10); lost by decision, 6-3.

132 — Simpson won by decision, 5-2; won by decision, 7-4; lost by fall (1:08); lost by decision, 5-0; lost by decision, 11-8. Placed sixth.

152 — Gunderson received a bye; won by tech fall, 16-1 (5:16); lost by fall (3:34); won by fall (4:33); won by fall (1:35). Placed third.

Randy Parks

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Randy was born in Iowa, and spent most of his life growing up in the Hawkeye State. After a few years in college, he settled in Idaho for a decade, skiing, golfing, and working at Sun Valley Resort. He married in 1985, completed broadcast school, and moved to Harney County in 1989 to work for KZZR. After 16 years of on-air work, he left the radio station and went to work for the Burns Times-Herald.

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