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NORTH BEND — Crater turned in a respectable showing with six placers to highlight the local contingent at the Army Strong Coast Classic wrestling tournament at North Bend High.
Roseburg secured seven top-five showings, including three runners-up, to win the two-day event with a 215.5 total over Crook County, which was second at 197.
Setting the pace for the Comets were 138-pounder Nate Walters and 145-pounder Dillon Ulrey, who each placed third. Crater finished sixth overall in the 33-team field with 141.5 points.
Walters especially had to work hard for his showing after losing his first match on Friday to Brady Andersen of Dallas, 8-4. He responded with two straight second-period pins, a narrow 7-6 win over Eagle Point's Sherman Hammond and a pin in 1:29 over Thurston's Avery Caird to put himself in contention. A 5-0 decision over Roseburg's Cameron Mesa put Walters in contention and he sealed his comeback with a pin of Churchill's Max Thomas at 3:11 in the third-place final.
Ulrey's path wasn't quite as unusual as his teammate, with the 145-pounder advancing to the championship semifinals before falling short 6-4 in overtime to David Douglas' Vagif Afrasov. Ulrey scored a 3-2 decision over Hood River Valley's Andrew DeHart in the consolation bracket and earned third place on an injury forfeit by Redmond's Chance Lindquist.
Crater also picked up fourth-place showings from Morgan Walters (132) and Derrick Turituri (285), while Tyler Thomas (126) and Jarrett Baker (220) each placed sixth.
North Medford secured two fourth-place runs by Austin Mitchell (113) and Reid Shipley (170) and a sixth-place showing by Henry Cox at 106 to finish 12th overall.
Casey Coulter of Grants Pass (120) and Gabe Miller of Illinois Valley (138) were the only locals to advance to the championship finals, with Coulter earning the title with a 5-0 win over Matt Hofenbredl of Dallas and Miller securing his crown with a 6-3 decision over Crook County's Collbran Meeker.
The Cavemen also picked up a sixth-place effort by Kjell Thorsen at 152 to finish with two placers.
Hidden Valley's Brad Hyatt finished third at 220 with a pin over Thurston's Lucas Anthony in 1:32, and Eagle Point's James McCoy had to settle for fourth at 152 with an injury forfeit against Evergreen's Tekwon Wallace in the third-place final. McCoy was a tough-luck loser to Wyatt Passantino of Dallas in the championship semifinals, 6-5.
Roseburg's Brody Faas (145), Ian Thomas (160) and Tyler Otis (182) placed second, with third-place showings by Chad Jones (120) and Cole Van Anrooy (126). Placing fifth for the Indians were Peyton Mesa (132) and Teran Reedy (195).
TEAM SCORES — Roseburg 215.5, Crook County 197, Churchill 163, David Douglas 161, Dallas 144, Crater 141.5, Redmond 127, Hillsboro 120.5, Cleveland 90, Evergreen 87, Sandy 86, North Medford 83.5, Marshfield 80, Grants Pass 79, Canby 73, Century 70, Illinois Valley 69, Coquille 61, Hood River Valley 59.5, West Albany 54.5, Eagle Point 53.5, Thurston 48, Newberg 39, Phoenix 38, Clackamas 38, West Salem 34.5, South Eugene 30, Hidden Valley 28, North Bend 26, Gresham 25, Willamette 22, Brookings-Harbor 13, Woodburn 4.