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The Crater wrestling team weathered an early storm by North Medford's lightweights, and secured the victory on Thursday over the Black Tornado with an epic finish between two top-ranked competitors.
Chance Fahndrich mathmatically tied down Crater's 43-23 triumph by edging Reid Shipley in double overtime, 4-3, at North Medford High School.
Shipley, ranked fourth in the state at 160 pounds, moved up two weight classes to take on the third-ranked, 182-pounder Fahndrich until the final second.
"They were both going hard," said North Medford coach Nolan Harris. "There were some close calls on both sides and it came down, literally, to the last second."
"That was an exciting one," said Crater coach Greg Haga of the Fahndrich-Shipley match. "I was really happy with the way (all) our kids wrestled. They went for the bigger wins."
Crater's biggest win was at 138 pounds where Nate Walters won by technical fall over Colby Deskins, 16-1. Deskins had pinned Walters at the Rogue Valley Classic earlier this season.
At 120 pounds, Jordan Saling of Crater was able escape with a win by getting off his back against Nico Baldovino, then later getting the pin in 4 minutes, 31 seconds.
Crater improved its Southern Oregon Hybrid dual record to 2-1. North Medford fell to 1-2.
*106 — Austin Mitchell, NM, pinned Walter Kurz, 4:35; 113 — Tyler Pearson, NM, pinned Ben Larkins, 1:50; 120 — Jordan Saling, C, pinned Nico Baldovino, 4:31; 126 — Tyler Crisp, NM d. Truman Winningham, 4-2; 132 — Dillon Ulrey, C, d. Matt Hogan, 6-3;
138 — Nate Walters, C, tech. fall Colby Deskins, 16-1; 145 — Tyler Montague, C, won by forfeit; 152 — Kody Gray, C, pinned Dom Barnett, :20; 160 — Chase Mackey, C, d. Kaden Johnson, 9-0; 170 — Trent Wilson, NM, d. Jacob Young, 6-2;
182 — Chance Fahndrich, C, d. Reid Shipley, 4-3, 2OT; 195 — Lane Auguston, C, maj. dec. Avion Maloney, 16-2; 215 — Derek Turituri, C, pinned Jacob Kasper, 3:05; 285 — Marlon Campos, NM, pinned Brian Barlow, :47.