Ben Hernandez
Ben Hernandez (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School wrestling team lost a dual for the first time this season — and by the slimmest of margins — and also posted a victory in action on Wednesday over in Junction City.

Going up against the host school, Philomath and Junction City ended in a 36-36 tie. The tiebreaker was most matches won and the Wildcats had a 7-6 edge. Forfeits are figured into matches won but that did not play into the final tally with each school winning three in that fashion.

Among the matches that materialized on the mat, two went the distance for decisions. At 170 pounds, Junction City’s Emmett Henderson maneuvered his way to an 8-5 decision over Philomath’s Blaise Pindell. At heavyweight, Junction City’s Bryce Moore outlasted Philomath’s Joseph Choi by a 7-0 count.

Wins on the mat for Philomath included Ben Hernandez at 120, Gradin Fairbanks at 145 and Jacob Williams at 182 — all of those on pins. Isaiah Blackburn, Connar Kohn and Blake Niemann all had to sit out with forfeit wins.

Philomath defeated Stayton in the team’s other dual by a score of 42-29. Hernandez (120), Caleb Blackburn (132), Pindell (170) and Kohn (220) had on-the-mat victories with all of those coming on pins. Among the forfeit wins were David Griffith (152), Blackburn (195) and Choi (285). Isaiah Blackburn, a senior, has not wrestled an official bout this week with two other forfeit wins on Tuesday at Elmira.

Philomath will head to Sweet Home Thursday for duals against the host school, Cascade and Marshfield.

Junction City Duals
Wednesday, June 2, at Junction City HS
Junction City 36, Philomath 36
(JC wins on tiebreaker for matches won, 7-6)
106Double forfeit
113Jayden Stewart, Junction City, won by forfeit
120Ben Hernandez, Philomath, pinned PJ Machacek, 0:47
126Blake Niemann, Philomath, won by forfeit
132Evan Potter, Junction City, pinned Caleb Blackburn, 1:48
138Nathan Fojtasek, Junction City, won by forfeit
145Gradin Fairbanks, Philomath, pinned Bodee Haddy, 3:59
152Carson Henderson, Junction City, pinned David Griffth, 5:13
160Kaden McDaniel, Junction City, won by forfeit
170Emmett Henderson, Junction City, dec. Blaise Pindell, 8-5
182Jacob Williams, Philomath, pinned Alexander Jacob, 0:50
195Issiah Blackburn, Philomath, won by forfeit
220Connar Kohn, Philomath, won by forfeit
285Bryer Moore, Junction City, dec. Joseph Choi, 7-0
Philomath 42, Stayton 29
106Double forfeit
113Double forfeit
120Ben Hernandez, Philomath, pinned Ben Adams, 5:04
126Mauro Michel, Stayton, tech. fall Blake Niemann, 15-0 (2:42)
132Caleb Blackburn, Philomath, pinned Robbi Aerni, 3:39
138Donald Morgan, Stayton, won by forfeit
145Eli Howard, Stayton, pinned Gradin Fairbanks, 1:09
152David Griffith, Philomath, won by forfeit
160Jason Ritchie, Stayton, won by forfeit
170Blaise Pindell, Philomath, pinned Chance Ellingsworth, 1:08
182Connor Hollenbeck, Stayton, pinned Jacob Williams, 0:39
195Issiah Blackburn, Philomath, won by forfeit
220Connar Kohn, Philomath, pinned Johnny Sylva, 1:16
285Joseph Choi, Philomath, won by forfeit