It’s commonly known in any athletic endeavor that there’s strength in numbers. For The Dalles High Riverhawk wrestling team, that’s certainly the case this season, as they have one of the largest group of athletes participating they’ve seen in many years.
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The Dalles junior Taylor Morehouse peaked at the right time in the pole vault Saturday, winning a Gorge showdown at the 5A Invitational track and field meet at Wilsonville High School.
In his career, wrestling has taken Dusty Dodge from The Dalles to Goldendale and now back to The Dalles.
Life has been a whirlwind, but he takes so much more away from his experiences that will last him through the test of time.
Steven Preston, Dusty Dodge and Mauricio Carrera each posted pins, and Zak Tackett won by forfeit, but Pendleton notched seven pinfall wins, a technical fall and two forfeits to take a 59-24 victory over The Dalles in a 5A Intermountain Conference wrestling dual Wednesday in Pendleton.
At the Hood River Invitational Saturday, Dusty Dodge claimed another title, and teammates Karen Villa, Steven Preston, Taylor Morehouse and Miguel Torres all placed in the top 6 to give The Dalles 11th place with 58 points.
For the first time in a decade, The Dalles wrestling team competed in a dual tournament, tallying a 36-34 victory over Roosevelt and losses to Beaverton and Century to take hold of fifth place at the Bob Beisell Dual Tournament Saturday in Forest Grove.
Dusty Dodge is wrestling on a top level early in the season.
The 170-pound standout boosted his overall record to 9-0 and took home his second tournament win to highlight four The Dalles placers at the two-day Don York Invitational ending Saturday in Portland.
Added to Dodge’s triumph, Steven Preston claimed third place Karen Villa ended up fourth in the girls division, and Taylor Morehouse went 4-3 to preserve sixth place.