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REDMOND — Match experience outweighed overall results for the local wrestling contingent competing in the two-day Oregon Classic at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.
Eagle Point's Aaron Lorenz and Trevor Olsen wrapped up the tournament on Saturday by completing undefeated runs at their respective weight classes. Lorenz, a 120-pounder, and Olsen, who wrestles at 195, each went 5-0 for the Class 5A Eagles.
"They just pushed themselves hard and were aggressive and attacked people and looked for pins when they could get them," said EP head coach Kacey McNulty of seniors. "They weren't intimidated and they just wrestled well. They're both wrestling really well at this point so I'm pleased with them."
The Eagles found themselves against stiff competition, going 2-1 in duals on Friday and 1-1 on Saturday. Eagle Point opened with a 46-17 thrashing of Marshfield before suffering a 42-25 loss to top-ranked Hermiston. The Eagles regrouped with a 58-22 win over Crescent Valley but managed to win only three matches in a 50-12 rout by No. 2 Dallas in the quarterfinals. They wrapped up with a 42-32 win over Churchill.
"It was good for our kids, I guess," said McNulty. "We know where we need to work now. It was tough competition and the kids performed well at points and at other times they kinda floundered. There was a lot of talent there and I think it was a good experience for our kids. I'm positive they'll be motivated by it."
At the 6A level, Crater opened the tourney with an impressive 42-32 win over Newberg but then fell 47-16 to David Douglas. The Comets routed Lake Oswego 62-18 to head into Saturday on a positive note, but lost 53-15 to Roseburg in the quarterfinals and 39-33 to Barlow to bow out of contention.
"It was a good, strong outing for us," said Crater head coach Greg Haga. "Some of our guys wrestled great one dual meet and other kids wrestled great in other dual meets."
Nate Walters pulled out a last-second victory against Barlow despite an injured toe to highlight Day 2 action, with Dillon Ulrey also giving a challenge to a highly ranked Barlow wrestler before falling one-point short.
North Medford struggled with three losses to open the tournament on Friday. The Black Tornado lost 47-18 to Hillsboro, 58-7 to Redmond and 39-32 to West Linn. That string continued with a 42-36 loss to Thurston on Saturday before North capped its weekend with a 39-24 win over Clackamas.
In 4A action, Phoenix dropped three of its matches on Friday as well, falling 57-19 to Cascade, 42-42 by criteria against North Marion and 54-21 to Scappoose. The Pirates, however, scored a 51-13 win over McLoughlin. On Saturday, Phoenix beat Douglas 54-36.
Illinois Valley opened 3A action with wins over Sheridan (69-24) and Grant Union (66-12) before coming up just short of Burns in a 37-36 thriller on Friday. The Cougars scored a 42-36 win in the quarterfinals Saturday against Dayton but lost 46-21 to Glide in the semifinals. In the third-place final, Illinois Valley beat Riverside 42-36.
Roseburg beat Redmond 53-10 for the 6A crown, while Dallas topped Hermiston 34-25 for the 5A title. Henley won in 4A with a 45-23 triumph over Sweet Home, with Glide edging Willamina 42-30 in 3A and Culver topping Gold Beach 58-21 in the 2A finals.
NORTH SWEEPS — North Medford's girls team remained unbeaten in a three-way meet at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA.
The Black Tornado (5-0) got victories from Lauren Hunter (50-yard freestyle), Leyna Kohlmeier (100 free) and Kiana Benion (100 breaststroke) and scored 398 points, outdistancing South Medford and Thurston.
It was Hunter's first meet of the season as she returned from a knee injury. Her winning time was 28.0 seconds.
In the boys meet, North Medford also won, scoring 354 points.
Reid Gibson won the 50 free and Bryant Almanza the 100 breast, and each swam on the Black Tornado's triumphant 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.
TEAM SCORES — North Medford 354, South Medford 336, Thurston 330.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — North Medford (Reid Gibson, Kyler Westlund, Stavin Emigh, Bryant Almanza) 1:58.74; 200 FREE — Brad Olson, NM, 2:18.82; 200 IM — Jacob Oehler, T, 2:27.36; 50 FREE — Reid Gibson, NM, 25.54; 100 FLY — Ed Haynes, SM, 1:06.17; 100 FREE — Jeremiah Clark, SM, 59.20; 500 FREE — Ty Crosswhite, T, 5:40.28; 200 FREE RELAY — North Medford (Stavin Emigh, Kyler Westlund, Reid Gibson, Bryant Almanza) 1:44.87; 100 BACK — Ty Crosswhite, T, 1:04.15; 100 BREAST — Bryant Almanza, NM, 1:12.37; 400 FREE RELAY — South Medford (Tanner Blaydon, Daniel King, Gabe Juul, Jeremiah Clark) 4:06.20.
TEAM SCORES — North Medford 398, South Medford 349, Thurston 329.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — South Medford (Janelle Legacion, Sarah Reierson, Kaylee Cooper, Jenna Cooper) 2:03.41; 200 FREE — Kaylee Cooper, SM, 2:08.87; 200 IM — Sarah Reierson, SM, 2:23.97; 50 FREE — Lauren Hunter, NM, 28.0; 100 FLY — Sarah Reierson, SM, 1:04.84; 100 FREE — Leyna Kohlmeier, NM, 1:07.41; 500 FREE — Jenna Cooper, SM, 6:15.37; 200 FREE RELAY — South Medford (Kaylee Cooper, Jenna Cooper, Janelle Legacion, Sarah Reierson), 1:50.70; 100 BACK — Kaylee Cooper, SM, 1:04.07; 100 BREAST — Kiana Benion, NM, 1:31.47; 400 FREE RELAY — Thurston (Tessa Hunnum, Katie Lively, Madeline Metcalf, Jess Harper) 4:34.55.
HENLEY FREEZE — At Klamath Falls, Jeoff Underwood swam to two victories as the Phoenix boys placed second among seven teams. The Pirate girls were fourth.
Underwood won the 100-meter freestyle in 57.26 and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.33.
Olivia Sanchez captured the lone win for the Phoenix girls, taking the 100 butterfly in 1:21.52.
TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 150, Phoenix 51, Henley 36, Hidden Valley 36, Klamath Union 22, North Valley 7.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Grants Pass (C.J. Sott, Andrew DeLisle, Eliot Bald, Dylan Merker) 2:09.31; 200 FREE — Daniel Sloan, GP, 2:22.38; 200 IM — Jeo Drevets, GP, 2:36.39; 50 FREE — Aiden Maxwell, GP, 25.88; 100 FLY — Eliot Bald, GP, 1:14.98; 100 FREE — Jeoff Underwood, P, 57.26; 400 FREE — Daniel Sloan, GP, 5:06.41; 200 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (Eliot Bald, Dylan Merker, Joshua Lee, Aidan Maxwell) 1:51.04; 100 BACK — Jeoff Underwood, P, 1:04.33; 100 BREAST — Adian Maxwell, GP, 1:21.67; 400 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (C.J. Stott, Joe Drevets, Joshua Lee, Aidan Maxwell) 4:08.12.
TEAM SCORES — Henley 106, Grants Pass 45, Mazama 41, Phoenix 34, Klamath Union 29, Hidden Valley 21, North Valley 19.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Henley (Leta Spradley, jenny Kirschner, Aunika Torres, Kaylie Severson) 2:21.31; 200 FREE — Gabby Maxwell, GP, 2:26.24; 200 IM — Leta Spradley, H, 2:40.34; 50 FREE — Angela Kirschner, H, 29.24; 100 FLY — Olivia Sanchez, P, 1:21.52; 100 FREE — Angela Kirschner, H, 1:03.87; 400 FREE — Jenny Kirschner, H, 5:02.49; 200 FREE RELAY — Henley (Sierra Myers, Leta Spradley, Jenny Kirschner, Angela Kirschner) 2:00.59; 100 BACK — Taylor Wilkins, HV, 1:24.50; 100 BREAST — Sierra Myers, H, 1:27.12; 400 FREE RELAY — Henley (Leta Spradley, Jenny Kirschner, Sierra Myers, Angela Kirschner) 4:23.55.