Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Eagle Point edged longtime wrestling rival Crater for the championship of the Rogue Valley Invitational Saturday at North Medford High.
Crater crowned more champions, with five, than the Eagles' three, but Eagle Point's depth won out.
Eagle Point wrapped up the championship with a victory at heavyweight by Manny Valdovinos, but it was the team's work through all the weights and placing matches that did the trick, said coach Kacey McNulty.
The Eagles scored 212 points to Crater's 209. North Medford was third with 180 and Phoenix fourth with 1151/2.
"On the back side, we did pretty well," said McNulty. "We had quite a few placers on the back side who didn't make it to the finals. We had six in the finals and three of them won. It was a close one. It came down to our heavyweight winning to win the tournament."
Valdovinos edged Marlon Campos of North Medford, 5-3.
"He had a strong performance," said McNulty. "He didn't pin his guy in the finals. He (Campos) is a big, physical kid and Manny was able to control the match. There was not a point in the match where I felt he was in big jeopardy."
Eagle Point's other winners were Orlando De La Cruz, at 120 pounds, and Trevor Olsen, who went to overtime before pinning Tony Frank of Lakeview in 6:49.
Runners-up for EP were Zac Mooney (113), Aaron Lorenz (126) and Alejandro Valle (220).
Crater got titles from Truman Winningham (132), Tyler Montague (138), Chase Mackey (160), Chance Fahndrich (182) and Derek Turituri (220). It was Fahndrich's fourth tournament title this season.
"Overall, we wrestled pretty good," said Comets coach Greg Haga. "It was a tight battle with Eagle Point. We just missed a few matches here and there, so it was a good day for us."
Other local champions were North Medford's Austin Mitchell (106) and Reid Shipley (170), Rogue River's Aaron Longtain (126) and Phoenix's Eleazar Deluca (145).
The tournament's outstanding wrestlers were Longtain at the lower weights and Lakeview's Jay Lynse (152) at the upper weights.
TEAM SCORES — Eagle Point 212, Crater 209, North Medford 180, Phoenix 1151/2, Crater JV 95, Rogue River 89, Hidden Valley 74, Eagle Point 68, Illinois Valley 64, Lakeview 63, North Medford 59, South Umpqua 41.
106 — Austin Mitchell, NM, dec. Eric Miller, IV, 2-1; 113 — Chris Bowers, SU, pinned Zac Mooney, EP, 3:13; 120 — Orlando De La Cruz, EP, pinned Morgan Walters, C, 3:30; 126 — Aaron Longtain, RR, dec. Aaron Lorenz, EP, 3-0; 132 — Truman Winningham, C, pinned Dillon Ulrey, C JV, 1:00.
138 — Tyler Montague, C, dec. Colby Deskins, NM, 14-7; 145 — Eleazar Deluca, P, pinned Josh Marshall, HV, 1:52; 152 — Jay Lysne, L, dec. Kody Gray, C, 7-2; 160 — Chase Mackey, C, dec. Seth Sotelo, HV, 5-2; 170 — Reid Shipley, NM, pinned Dakota Greenwade, NM JV, 1:00.
182 — Chance Fahndrich, C, dec. Kaden Johnson, NM, 10-2; 195 — Trevor Olsen, EP, pinned Tony Frank, L, 6:49 (ot); 220 — Derek Turituri, C JV, dec. Alejandro Valle, EP, 10-4; 285 — Manny Valdovinos, EP, dec. Marlon Campos, NM, 5-3.
CRATER 9, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — Daniel Gomez scored four goals and dished out two assists to lead Crater to an easy victory at The RRRink.
Also for the Comets, Thomas Gamble had two goals and an assist and Kody Baker scored his first varsity goal. Crater goalie Alec Looman made 13 saves.
For North Medford (2-6), goalie Calvinn Casaday had 51 saves on 60 shot attempts.
Crater 5 2 2 — 9
North Medford 0 0 0 — 0
SOUTH MEDFORD 7, WILLAMETTE VALLEY 3 — At Eugene, Ryan Lund scored four goals and had an assist for South Medford.
The win avenged a 6-2 loss to the Wolfpack on Friday.
Lund scored the opening goal off the faceoff on an assist from Cy Jenson. Brandon Punsuk, Taylor Rose and Jenson also had goals, while Steven Weber, Justin Weber and Punsuk each had assists.
South Medford goalie John Lines stopped 29 of the 33 shots sent his way.
On Friday, Rose and Lund each had goals for South (6-2), with Punsuk and Tucker Hasse providing assists. Line had 18 saves in goal.