North Medford High wrestling coach Phillip Lopez isn't the type to get carried away.
HILLSBORO — Crater advanced four wrestlers into this morning's semifinal round and stands third overall after the first of two days at the Reser's Tournament of Champions at Liberty High.
Tyler Thomas (120 pounds), Morgan Walters (126), Chase Mackey (160) and Derrick Turituri (285) each remain in the championship bracket for the Comets, who scored 85 points Friday to trail only Hermiston's 103 points and Redmond's 87.5.
Grants Pass 145-pounder Kjell Thorsen also advanced to the semifinal round, and the Cavemen are 17th out of 24 teams with 46 points. Thorsen faces top-seeded Devon Reynolds of McNary in today's semifinals.
Hermiston advanced a tournament-high five wrestlers to the semifinal round.
Turituri received a forfeit before advancing to the semis with a 5-2 decision over Glencoe's Walker Rabon. He will face second-seeded PJ Schubert of Pendleton today. Mackey knocked off fourth-seeded Dean Smith of Crook County to set up his semifinal match with top-seeded Abraham Rodriguez of Hermiston.
Walters used a win over Sandy's Steven Patton and two forfeits to reach the semis and will face top-seeded Kyle Sether of Oregon City. Thomas also received two forfeits and beat Roseburg's Chad Jones 3-1 in the quarterfinals to remain in championship contention. The unseeded Thomas will face No. 3 seed Wyatt Scribner of Hermiston in today's semis.
The Comets lost a couple wrestlers to the consolation bracket after quarterfinal losses. Nate Walters (132) dropped a 5-1 decision to Oregon City's Parker Folliard, while Dillon Ulrey (138) lost 8-4 to Sprague's Zach Zehner.
In second-round action, Wyatt Haas (195) was upset by Grants Pass' Michael VanLohuizen and Jarrett Baker (220) lost to Pendleton's Jack Ezell, 12-7.
TEAM SCORES — Hermiston 103, Redmond 87.5, Crater 85, Crook County 78.5, Sweet Home 74, David Douglas 71, Glencoe 71, Dallas 70.5, Hillsboro 69.5, Roseburg 68, Canby 62.5, Sandy 61.5, Oregon City 59.5, McNary 53, Sprague 53, Pendleton 52, Grants Pass 46, Cascade 41, Culver 34, West Albany 34, Lebanon 26, Barlow 25, Newberg 22.5, Willamina 18.
ASHLAND BOYS, SOUTH GIRLS WIN — At Mount Ashland, Rachel Lightner and Lillian Taft of South Medford captured the top two girls spots and Teddy Schein of St. Mary's won the boys competition at the first Southern League slopestyle snowboard competition of the season Friday at the Mt. Ashland Center Stage terrain park.
South Medford won the girls team event, while the Ashland boys, who had six riders in the top 10, finished first.
The second and final Southern League slopestyle event takes place next Friday at Mt. Ashland.
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 1 2,090, South Medford 1,261, North Medford 1,135, Ashland 2 1,039.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 10) — 1, Teddy Schein, St. Mary's, 81.4; 2, Henry Krant, Ashland, 78.4; 3, Logan Kistler, Ashland, 74; 4, Allen Moore, Ashland, 72.9; 5, Casey Tratz, South Medford, 72.7; 6, Cole Berg, Ashland, 71.1; 7, Niilo Snyder, Ashland, 70.9; 8, Hunter Williams, Ashland, 70.4; 9, Liam Boehning, North Medford, 62.8; 10, Sutton Hewlett, North Medford, 60.3.
TEAM SCORES — South Medford 2,800, Ashland 1,825.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS — 1, Rachel Lightner, South Medford, 62.5; 2, Lillian Taft, South Medford, 62.4; 3, Posa Tratensek-Contor, 47.5; 4, Oshauna Schattler, South Medford, 47.3; 5, Lea Hurni, Ashland, 46.1; 6, Desi Edwards, South Medford, 45.9; 7, Jazlyn Edwards, South Medford, 45.8; 8, Oriah Riley, South Medford, 39.8; 9, Sara Lynch, Ashland, 36.3; 10, Marie Stallman, Ashland, 31.5.