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North Medford got strong performances from three freshmen and rolled over visiting Phoenix, 50-16, in nonconference wrestling Thursday.
Freshmen Henry Cox (113 pounds), Cole Hornbrook (138) and Wyatt Westfall (160) all recorded victories.
"For all three to get a win in their first dual meet of high school, that was huge for us being able to count on them," said Black Tornado coach Nolan Harris. "It's not easy going under the lights and getting a win."
Westfall appeared to be in control against Trace Vega, but Vega threw Westfall to his back in the third period.
"Wyatt did a good job of keeping his composure," said Harris, "and fighting (Vega) off and finishing the match."
Trent Wilson lit a spark for North Medford when he pinned Kyle Baker in 1:17 at 182 pounds. It was the first of four straight falls for the Black Tornado.
106 — double forfeit; 113 — Henry Cox, NM, pinned Hunter McCalister, 1:51; 120 — Austin Mitchell, NM, tech fall Richard Orndorff, 18-3; 126 — Tyler Pearson, NM, dec. Knute Thompson, 13-11; *132 — Austyn Snow, P, pinned Nico Baldovino, 1:27.
138 — Cole Hornbrook, NM, pinned Mike Dixon, 2:12; 145 — Braden Vega, P, maj. dec. Dylan Wedman, 14-5; 152 — Kyle Branfield, P, pinned Colby Deskins, 1:34; 160 — Wyatt Westfall, NM, dec. Trace Vega, 8-6.
170 — Reid Shipley, NM, dec. Izzy Rubio, 7-2; 182 — Trent Wilson, NM, pinned Kyle Baker, 1:17; 195 — Kaden Johnson, NM, pinned Travis Stainbrook, 2:17; 220 — Jacob Kasper, NM, pinned Cory Raffensperger, 2:50; 285 — Avion Maloney, NM, pinned Jeremiah Meadors, 1:33.
JV score — North Medford 57, Phoenix 6.
* starting weight
SOUTH GIRLS WIN — At Grants Pass, the South Medford girls won twice and the Panther boys split a pair of matchups at the Grants Pass YMCA.
The South girls defeated Crater, 160-96, and Grants Pass, 145-139.
The Panther boys beat Crater, 142-98, but lost to Grants Pass, 191-77.