Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
RENO — Crater advanced four wrestlers to the quarterfinals and North Medford qualified two to each rank among the top six in the team standings after the first day of the Sierra Nevada Classic.
The Comets rank third with 92 points, while North Medford is sixth with 84 points heading into the final day of the 81-team tourney.
Advancing to the final eight in the championship bracket for Crater were Morgan Walters at 126 pounds, Nate Walters at 132, Dillon Ulrey at 138 and Derrick Turituri at 285. All four went 3-0 on the day. Also still in contention for the Comets in the consolation bracket after 3-1 efforts were Tyler Thomas (120), Tommy Winningham (145), Chase Mackey (160) and Kody Gray (170).
For the Black Tornado, senior Reid Shipley — Oregon's top-ranked 170-pounder — pinned his first opponent and dominated his second for a 9-1 decision to advance to the quarterfinals. Unranked 160-pounder Austin Mitchell pinned all three of his opponents to keep his title hopes alive in the championship bracket.
North Medford's Kaden Johnson (182) is still in contention in the consolation bracket.