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EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point used a variety of methods to sweep a wrestling twin bill with Ashland and South Medford on Wednesday night, but the Grizzlies came away victorious in the most notable match of the night at Eagle Point High.
The Eagles received seven forfeits from Ashland and pinned the Grizzlies in five others to secure a 72-3 dual victory in a Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid match. Eagle Point followed that up with six more pins and two decisions to topple the 6A Panthers 61-12 and improve its dual record to 9-5.
The marquee match of the night, however, was one that got away from the Eagles. Top-ranked Mason Montgomery of Ashland built a 4-0 lead through two periods and held off second-ranked Trevor Olsen for a solid 6-1 victory.
"It was close scoring in each round," said EP head coach Kacey McNulty. "We had our opportunities and I know Trevor didn't wrestle as well as he wanted to, but he's been doing a great job for us this year and I'm really pleased with the way he's wrestling."
Montgomery scored a takedown in the first period and rode out the remainder of the time, then took a pivotal 4-0 lead in the second period when Olsen lost an arm bar and ended up giving up a reversal. In the third period, Olsen finally scored on an escape but was later turned away with another takedown by Montgomery.
"Mason's a talented kid," added McNulty. "He's physical and he's tough on top and we didn't get enough motion going and that kept him where he was. He kinda dominated in the riding area, he didn't turn us but he dominated in riding time."
Against South Medford, Eagle Point celebrated senior night with each senior in action scoring a pin. Travis Woods (152), Alejandro Valle-Romero (220) and Manny Valdovinos (285) each halted their matches in the first period, with fellow seniors Aaron Lorenz (126), Edward Martinez (160) and Olsen (195) receiving forfeits in the night-ending dual.
South Medford sophomores Tyler Thomas (120) and Nik Hegler (132) scored wins with steady efforts, Thomas topping Orlando De La Cruz 5-1 and Hegler edging Alek Callahan 10-6.
"All the guys from 120 through 170 really competed well for us, I thought," said South head coach Dave Alonzo.
TEAM SCORE — Eagle Point 72, Ashland 3.
106 — Ivan Valle, EP, forfeit; 113 — Damian Gonzalez, EP, forfeit; *120 — Orlando De La Cruz, EP, pinned Deloy Espinosa, 3:10; 126 — Aaron Lorenz, EP, forfeit; 132 — Alek Callahan, EP, forfeit.
138 — James McCoy, EP, pinned Chris Bowland, 3:22; 145 — Thane Baumer, EP, pinned Max Montgomery, 4:30; 152 — Travis Woods, EP, forfeit; 160 — Edward Martinez, EP, pinned Ivan Carrier, :46.
170 — David Gonzalez, EP, pinned Quinn Sargent, 1:52; 182 — Double forfeit; 195 — Mason Montgomery, Ash, dec. Trevor Olsen, 6-1; 220 — Alejandro Valle-Romero, EP, forfeit; 285 — Manny Valdovinos, EP, forfeit.
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TEAM SCORE — Eagle Point 61, South Medford 12.
106 — Ivan Valle, EP, pinned Anthony Ortega, :53; 113 — Damian Gonzalez, EP, pinned Josh Knudson, :46; 120 — Tyler Thomas, SM, dec. Orlando De La Cruz, 5-1; *126 — Aaron Lorenz, EP, forfeit; 132 — Nik Hegler, SM, dec. Alek Callahan, 10-6.
138 — James McCoy, EP, maj. dec. D.J. Jones, 12-2; 145 — Thane Baumer, EP, pinned Josh Hall, 4:21; 152 — Travis Woods, EP, pinned Nate Roberson, 1:29; 160 — Edward Martinez, EP, forfeit.
170 — Caleb Ash, EP, dec. Stephen Moulard, 11-7; 182 — Logan Jones, SM, forfeit; 195 — Trevor Olsen, EP, forfeit; 220 — Alejandro Valle-Romero, EP, pinned Ray Estes, :42; 285 — Manny Valdovinos, EP, pinned Dominique Harris, :52.
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CRATER 56, GRANTS PASS 18 — At Grants Pass, Crater's Morgan Walters (120 pounds), Truman Winningham (126), Derek Turituri (220) and heavyweight Brian Barlow all earned pins in the Southern Oregon Hybrid dual.
Crater's Chance Fahndrich, who is ranked third at 182 pounds, defeated Ryan Shean 3-1 in a key conference matchup.
The Comets improved to 1-1 in duals with the victory.
*106 — Casey Coulter, GP, pinned Walter Kurz, 3:34; 113 — Zack Nance, GP, pinned Ben Larkins, 1:05; 120 — Morgan Walters, Cra, pinned Jordan Bellon, :49; 126 — Truman Winningham, Cra, pinned Mason Roddy, 3:02; 132 — Dillon Ulrey, Cra, dec. Nick Grow, 7-5.
138 — Tyler Montague, Crater, dec. Kjell Thorsen, 11-4; 145 — Kenny Terry, Grants Pass, pinned DJ Todd, :23; 152 — Kody Gray, Crater, tech. fall Colton White, 17-2; 160 — Chase Mackey, Crater, forfeit.
170 — Jacob Young, Crater, forfeit; 182 — Chance Fahndrich, Crater, dec. Ryan Shean, 3-1; 195 — Taylor Peterson, Crater, forfeit; 220 — Derek Turituri, Crater, pinned Richard Hicks, 1:22; 285 — Brian Barlow, Crater, pinned Mauel Davila, 1:54.
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ROSEBURG 62, NORTH MEDFORD 6 — At Roseburg, North Medford senior Tyler Crist defeated Levi Holden 6-2 in the 126-pound match and Reid Shipley (170) topped Tyler Otis 9-2 in the Southern Oregon Hybrid dual.
106 — Chad Jones, Ros, dec. Austin Mitchell, 7-3; 113 — Peyton Mesa, Ros, forfeit; 120 — Cole Van Anrooy, Ros, pinned Nico Baldovino, 1:58; 126 — Tyler Crist, NM, dec. Levi Holden, 6-2; 132 — Cameron Mesa, Ros, major dec. Matt Hogan, 16-4.
138 — Brody Faas, Ros, pinned Colby Deskins, 3:42; 145 — Reed Van Anrooy, Ros, forfeit; 152 — Hector Mandera, Ros, pinned Dom Barnett, 2:35; 160 — Javier Mandera, Ros, forfeit.
170 — Reid Shipley, NM, dec. Tyler Otis, 9-2; *182 — Selmar Hutchins, Ros, major dec. Kaden Johnson, 20-9; 195 — Andrew Wheaton, Ros, pinned Trenton Wilson, 2:15; 220 — Ben Goirigolzarri, Ros, injury default over Avion Maloney; 285 — Marq Randall, Ros, dec. Marlon Campos, 13-7.
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