Local wrestlers shine at Mt. Shasta’s Bruin Challenge

Charlie Unkefer
Marcus Buchanan (135) of Mt. Shasta, shown here on the bottom, turned things around to win his championship match by points. Buchanan was one of the five local wrestlers to compete in the finals of the Bruin Challenge wrestling tournament, which took place at Mt. Shasta High this past weekend.

The Annual Bruin Challenge wrestling tournament, held at Mt. Shasta High this past weekend,  saw a strong finish by local wrestlers, with Mt. Shasta taking four wrestlers to the finals and Weed taking one.

 “This was the first time we had the tournament in two years, and it was a huge success, with fifteen teams and over a hundred wrestlers showing up,” said Mt. Shasta coach  Rick Deruyter. “An event like this brings a lot of business to town and everyone benefits.” 

Participating were Fall River, Burney, Tulelake, Weed, Dunsmuir, Etna, Enterprise, Truckee, Chiloquin, Bonanza, Chester, Redding Christian, Los Molinos and Mt. Shasta. 

Top local finishers included Mt. Shasta’s Kenny Ingraham (215), who won by a pin in a championship match and was also awarded the Most Outstanding Heavyweight award for the tournament. 

Also on top for Mt. Shasta was Matt Buchanan (130), who pinned his opponent early in the second period, displaying a series of deftly executed moves.

Taking another first for Mt. Shasta was  Marcus Buchanan (135), who scrapped it out, beating his opponent by points in a match that initially started with him trailing.

The two second place finishers were Andre DeGray (189) of Mt. Shasta and Tyler Moser of Weed (119).

“Tyler got stuck in a (situation) that also got him in trouble at Chester, but he still had some good moves,” said Weed Coach Rick Marshall.

Also wrestling well for Weed was Jace Wright, who finished with a third place in his weight class.  “He lost his first match to a kid who took first, but overall, he came back strong,” said Marshall.

Marshall also noted the strong showing of wrestlers JD Machado, who took a  5th place for Weed and Greg Holguin, who won two of his four matches.

Though Dunsmuir did not have any top place finishers,   coach Robert Wallace said that, on the whole, his team wrestled well, with Justin Schuler (171) taking a 5th place and John Slinger (HVW) taking a 5th, as well.

Wallace noted that, given that this is the first year that Dunsmuir has had a wrestling program, the team, as a whole, is doing well.  “Our guys have a lot of heart...They don’t give up,” he said.

Other top area finishers were Ian Singh (140) of Mt. Shasta, who took a 4th, and Tyler Witherell (HVW), also of Mt. Shasta, who took a 4th, as well.

Mt. Shasta’s Matt Buchanan, wrestling at 130, pins his opponent in the championship round of the Mt. Shasta Bruin Challenge, which saw fifteen teams and one hundred wrestlers competing.