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Senior wrestlers led the Nyssa Bulldogs

Heath Hartley picked up his fourth state championship at the recent state tournament. Hartley is forgoing a collegiate wrestling career for a trip to Bolivia for his church. (Photo special to the Malhuer Enterprise by Ed Peterson)

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

NYSSA – For one wrestler, taking the podium was a familiar step.

For the other another, the podium was almost as familiar.

As the Nyssa wrestling squad claimed its third straight championship team title recently, three seniors returned home with championship medals hanging from their necks.

Osiris Tapia found wrestling in the seventh grade. He will graduate from Nyssa High School in May as a three-time Oregon champion in the 285-pound class. Tapia credits the Nyssa coaching staff with the success he has found on the mat . . .