Southern Oregon has been home to many prominent wrestling duals over the years, mostly thanks to the history of programs like Crater, Eagle Point...
CENTRAL POINT — Crater opened its nonconference dual wrestling match against Eagle Point with three straight pins and continued to roll in a 48-21 nonconference victory Thursday.
"For us, it was the start," said Comets coach Greg Haga. "That was a big start for us."
After the initial blitz came a trade-off of an Eagle Point pin and a Crater forfeit win, them Comets got two more falls.
"At that point we were already up to 36 points," said Haga. "That's the number you try to get to in a dual. When you do, you usually have a good shot at winning. Once we got there, I felt pretty comfortable."
Nate Walters opened the match with a pin at 145, rallying from a two-point deficit after the first round, and Cody Gray (152) and Chase Mackey (160) followed suit.
Crater's Chance Fahndrich moved up from 182, where's he's ranked second in Class 6A, and took on Trevor Olsen, the No. 8 195-pounder in 5A. Fahndrich won by fall in 3:22, then Comet Derek Turituri recorded a pin at 220.
"He's (Turituri) one of our newer wrestlers," said Haga. "He did a good job of going hard the whole time. He got real physical and got a good fall for us."
Another Comet highlight was Truman Winningham's 6-3 decision over Eddie Perez at 126 in a match that was tied 2-2 in the third period.
The teams are idle until their respective district meets next Friday.
TEAM SCORES — Crater 48, Eagle Point 21.
106 — Walter Kurz, C, dec. Loren Denn, 8-2; 113 — Orlando De La Cruz, EP, forfeit; 120 — Aaron Lorenz, EP, dec. Morgan Walters, 10-6; 126 — Truman Winningham, C, dec. Eddie Perez, 6-3; 132 — Alek Callahan, EP, Dillon Ulrey, 11-4.
138 — Tyler Montague, C, pinned Caden Crandall, 3:02; *145 — Nate Walters, C, pinned Thane Balmer, 4:28; 152 — Cody Gray, C, pinned Edward Martinez, 1:21; 160 — Chase Mackey, C, pinned Caleb Ash, 1:21.
170 — Sean McKenzie, EP, pinned Jacob Young, 3:55; 182 — Taylor Peterson, C, forfeit; 195 — Chance Fahndrich, C, pinned Trevor Olsen, 3:22; 220 — Derek Turituri, C, pinned Alexandro Valle-Romero, 5:05; 285 — Manny Valdovinos, EP, dec. Brian Barlow, 7-3.
* starting weight
ROSEBURG 72, SOUTH MEDFORD 3 — At Roseburg, Nik Hegler's upset victory over 12th-ranked Cameron Mesa was all illness-stricken South Medford could muster against Roseburg.
Unranked Hegler got the edge on Mesa, 6-5, at 195 pounds for the Panthers, who had 12 wrestlers out with skin conditions and forfeited at nine weight classes.
The Panthers' Tyler Thomas had a strong effort before losing 11-7 to sixth-ranked Cole Van Anrooy.
TEAM SCORES — Roseburg 72, South Medford 3.
*106 — Chad Jones, R, won by forfeit; 113 — Peyton Mesa, R, pinned Jesh Knudson, SM, 4-3; 120 — Cole Van Anrooy, R, def. Tyler Thomas, 11-7; 126 — Levi Holden, R, won by forfeit; 132 — Nik Hegler, SM, def. Cameron Mesa, 6-5;
138 — Brody Faas, R, def. Ruben Mendez, SM, 6-5; 145 — Reed Van Anrooy, R, won by forfeit; 152 — Ian Thomas, R, won by forfeit; 160 — Javier Mandera, R, won by forfeit;
170 — Travis McGowan, R, won by forfeit; 182 — Selmar Hutchins III, R, won by forfeit; 195 — Taren Reedy, R, won by forfeit; 220 — Ben Goirigolzarry, R, tech. fall over Alex Hathaway, 18-3; 285 — Mark Randall, R, won by forfeit.
ROSEBURG 78, ASHLAND 3 — At Roseburg, Ashland's Mason Montgomery, the top-ranked Class 5A 195-pounder, defeated Teran Reedy, No. 2 in 6A, to account for Ashland's lone win.
Montgomery picked up a 5-1 win for the Grizzlies, who have been hit hard by illness and forfeited nine matches.
TEAM SCORES — Roseburg 78, Ashland 3.
106 — Chad Jones, R, won by forfeit; 113 — Peyton Mesa, R, won by forfeit; 120 — Cole Van Anrooy, R, won by forfeit; 126 — Levi Holden, R, won by forfeit; 132 — Cameron Mesa, R, won by forfeit;
138 — Brody Faas, R, pinned Max Montgomery, 1:35; 145 — Reed Van Anrooy, R, won by forfeit; 152 — Ian Thomas, R, won by forfeit; 160 — Javier Mandera, R, pinned Ivan Carrier, :59;
170 — Travis McGowan, R, pinned Quinn Sargent, 1:50; 182 — Selmar Hutchins III, R, won by forfeit; 195 — Mason Montgomery, A, def. Teran Reedy, 5-1; 220 — Ben Goirigolzarry, R, tech. fall over Cody Eisenberg, 18-3; *285 — Marq Randall, R, won by forfeit.
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE — At Springfield, South Medford, North Medford and Crater each had swimmers advance to the championship finals of the district meet at Willamalane Park Swim Center.
The top eight in each individual event moved to Saturday's finals, while the next eight qualifiers advanced to the consolation finals.
South Medford advanced four girls to seven championship finals. Sarah Reierson is the top seed in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke; Kaylee Cooper is No. 2 in both the 200 and 500 freestyles; Jenna Cooper is fourth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 50 free; and Janelle Legacion is seventh in the 100 back.
North Medford's girl finalists are Grace Jovanovic, second in both the 100 fly and 100 breaststroke; Lauren Hunter, third in the 100 back and fourth in the 100 free; and Carly Freda, sixth in the 500 free.
For the North boys, Bryant Almanza is fifth in the 100 breast and Reid Gibson is fifth in the 100 back.
Crater's Brighton Barber qualified fourth in the boys 100 breast.