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CENTRAL POINT — North Medford's wrestlers produced in a big way Friday at the District 4 Regional Championships.
The Black Tornado placed 10 wrestlers into this morning's semifinals at Crater High and stand in second place overall in the eight-school field.
Defending state and regional champion Roseburg leads the pack with 160.5 points, with the Black Tornado at 130.5. Crater is third (117).
The Comets advanced nine wrestlers into the semifinals but took a major hit when third-ranked Morgan Walters at 126 was unable to compete because of a torn lateral collateral ligament. Walters, the 120-pound state champion last year, had hoped to give it a go but now is scheduled to have knee surgery in three weeks.
North Medford received a surprise boost when freshman Henry Cox (106), sophomore Skyler Black (195) and senior Jacob Kasper (220) advanced to the semifinals. Other Black Tornado wrestlers in the semis are Austin Mitchell (106), Cole Hornbrook (132), Wyatt Westfall (152), Reid Shipley (170), Trent Wilson (182), Kaden Johnson (182) and Avion Maloney (285).
Crater has a pair of wrestlers at 138 — sophomore Dillon Ulrey and freshman Tommy Winningham — in the semifinals. Additional Comets moving into the semis are Tyler Thomas (120), Nate Walters (132), Chase Mackey (160), Cavin Gillispie (170), Micah Walker (182), Jarrett Baker (220) and Derrick Turituri (285).
South Medford is tied for sixth with 44 points. Reaching the semifinal round for the Panthers were Anthony Neuenschwander (113), Luis Ayala (126), Ruben Mendez (145) and Brandon Brooks (152).
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Class 6A state tournament in two weeks at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
District 4 Results
TEAM SCORES — Roseburg 160.5, North Medford 130.5, Crater 117, Thurston 102, Grants Pass 85, Sheldon 44, South Medford 44, South Eugene 30.
106 — Jacob Cytrynbaum, SE, pinned Claybern Lozana, Ros, 1:23; Henry Cox, NM, pinned Matt Silva, Thu, 1:41; Trevin Bailey, GP, major dec. Taylor Spence, Ros, 13-4; Austin Mitchell, NM, pinned Emmy Lindsey, SE, 2:22.
113 — Alex Youngbauer, Thu, pinned Michael Oneslager, NM, 1:26; Toby Dill, Ros, pinned Max Corzine, Thu, :35; Brooke Brower, Crater, pinned Ben Knowlton, SE, 4:28
120 — Tyler Thomas, Cra, pinned Sam Graham, NM, 4:37; Tommy Dill, Ros, pinned Eli Price, She, 1:15; Adam Webb, Thu, pinned Jason Santoni, Cra, 1:01; Williams Constantino, She, pinned Caleb Petterson, SE, 1:07.
126 — Austin Runyan, NM, pinned Luke Doggett, Cra, :55; Mason Roddy, GP, pinned Dylan Sprenger, SE, :49; Peyton Mesa, Ros, pinned Karmella Fabiano, SE, 1:04; Aaron Webb, Thu, pinned TJ Roberts, SM, 1:24.
132 — Nate Walters, Cra, pinned Nathan Parrish, SE, :50; Rylan Burum, Ros, dec. Tristan Lindi, NM, 8-2; Cole Hornbrook, NM, pinned Austin Weaver, Ros, 3:43; Ben Larkins, Cra, pinned Logan Hirsch, SE, 4:25; Avery Caird, Thu, pinned Bryan Johnson, SE, 1:19.
138 — David Hample SE, pinned Gage Graves, SM, 2:34; Tommy Winningham, Cra, pinned Jason Newell, SM, :46; Jeremy Sparks, NM, tech. fall Drew Bjorn, GP, 17-0.
145 — Colton White, GP, pinned Eddie Hill, Thu, 4:35; Ruben Mendez, SM, pinned Daniel Swofford, NM, 1:07; Shane Roach, SE, dec. Wyatt Sebright, Thu, 6-1; Kjell Thorsen, GP, pinned Tyler Ingram, She, :59.
152 — John Sosa, Thu, pinned Brendan Lindsey, SE, 3:40; Brandon Brooks, SM, pinned Jan-Louis Benade, NM, :47; Jerry De La Fuente, Cra, pinned Tyler Seutter, 1:35.
160 — Brandon Morgan, Thu, pinned Isaac Grether, 2:45.
170 — Bryan Hayes, Ros, major dec. Chris Gabor, SE, 14-6; Braxton Arand, Thu, pinned Michael Ulrey, :27.
182 — Trent Wilson, NM, pinned Pablo Alvarez, SE, :46; Eric Guches, Cra, pinned Zaid James, SE, :37.
195 — Skyler Black, NM, major dec. James Jarrett, GP, 14-3; Michael Vanlohuizen, GP, pinned Hunter Albrecht, NM, 3:53; Maverick Wiseman, Thu, pinned Berenger Constantino, She, :50.
220 — Willy Spears, She, pinned Miguel Moreno, SM, 1:59.
106 — Jacob Cytrynbaum, SE, pinned Luke Mackey, Crater, 1:49; Henry Cox, NM, major dec. Justus Arlandson, GP, 10-0; Isaiah Harris, Thu, pinned Marshall Dunn, She, 3:15; Austin Mitchell, NM, pinned Trevin Bailey, GP, 2:41
113 — Casey Coulter, GP, pinned Evan Reding, Ros, 3:04; Anthony Neuenschwander, SM, pinned Alex Youngbauer, Thu, 1:43; Toby Dill, Ros, pinned Caleb Dix, NM, 1:49; Zachary Nance, GP, pinned Brooke Brower, Cra, :36.
120 — Tyler Thomas, Cra, pinned Alex Moore, Thu, 4:24; Tommy Dill, Ros, pinned Aidan Braun, 2:55; Adam Webb, Thu, dec. Tyler Pearson, 8-5; Chad Jones, Ros, pinned Williams Constantino, She, 3:37.
126 — Cole Van Anrooy, Ros, pinned Austin Runyan, NM, :58; Luis Ayala, SM, pinned Mason Roddy, GP, 3:42; Peyton Mesa, Ros, pinned Nico Baldovino, 3:42; Aaron Webb, Thu, pinned Forrest Eldred, 1:13.
132 — Nate Walters, Cra, pinned Logan Tovey, Thu, 1:36; Jordan Bellon, GP, dec. Rylan Buru, Ros, 8-2; Cole Hornbrook NM, pinned Ben Larkins, Cra, 1:32; Avery Caird, Thu, pinned Ted Sutters, GP, 1:15.
138 — Dillon Ulrey, Cra, pinned Dylan Wedman, NM, 2:45; David Harker, Ros, pinned David Hample, SE; Tommy Winningham, Cra, pinned Mason Davis, Thu, 4:47; Brody Faas, Ros, tech. fall Jeremy Sparks, NM, 20-5.
145 — Cameron Mesa, Ros, tech. fall Colton White, GP, 21-6; Ruben Mendez, SM, dec. Jason Comer, Cra, 5-3; Kyle Flagor, Ros, dec. Shane Roach, SE, 10-6; Kjell Thorsen, GP, pinned Ryan Leach, NM, :51.
152 — Reed Van Anrooy, Ros, pinned John Sosa, Thu, :58; Brandon Brooks, SM, pinned Keil Nicholas, GP, :49; Wyatt Westfall, NM, pinned Triston Thomason, Thu, 2:59; Kyle Wentz, Ros, dec. Jerry De La Fuente, 7-5.
160 — Chase Mackey, Cra, pinned Brett Reed, Ros, 3:30; Caeman Nicholas, GP, inj. default Brandon Morgan, Thu; Isaac Hartwick, Ros, pinned Kody Young, Cra, 1:21; Ryon Davis, Thu, pinned Ian Witter, SM, 3:20.
170 — Reid Shipley, NM, pinned Logan Marsh, Thu, :55; Cavin Gillispie, Cra, pinned Bryan Hayes, Ros, 3:14; Max Hane, Ros, pinned Elijah Marpet, SE, :28; Braxton Arand, Thu, pinned Tyler Rice, NM, 1:16.
182 — Trent Wilson, NM, pinned Hayden Evans, SM, :46; Micah Walker, Cra, dec. Jesse Woods, Ros, 5-3 (OT); Will Reddekopp, Ros, pinned Eric Guches, :37; Kaden Johnson, NM, pinned Marcus McGovern, She, 3:02.
195 — Teran Reedy, Ros, pinned Andru Johnson, She, 1:46; Skyler Black, NM, dec. Wyatt Haas, Cra, 3-1; Michael Vanlohuizen, GP, pinned Davey McCollum, Cra, 1:57; Maverick Wiseman, Thu, dec. Austin Dowden, Ros, 11-7.
220 — Willy Spears, She, pinned Jon Abrams, Cra, 2:34; Jacob Kasper, NM, dec. Tyler Kaliliuli, Ros, 11-5; Elijah Trulinger, Ros, pinned Bryce Palahniuk, Thu, 1:46; Jarrett Baker, Cra, pinned Tyler Baird, NM, 3:56.
285 — Chet Spears, She, pinned Jake Snyder, Ros, 1:59; Avion Maloney, NM, pinned Mike Rios, Cra, 3:40; Wyatt Spears, She, pinned Isaiah Smith, Ros, 3:37; Derrick Turituri, Cra, pinned Aaron Little, GP, :59.
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS — At Springfield, South Medford junior Kaylee Cooper and North Medford sophomores Lauren Hunter and Grace Jovanovic all clinched top seeds with preliminary wins in the Class 6A Southwest District Championships at Willamalane Pool.
The top eight swimmers in each prelim advanced to today's finals.
Cooper finished in first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 59.60 seconds. She was also fastest in the 100 free (55.07). Both times were career bests.
Hunter recorded victories in the 100 backstroke (1:02) and 50 free (26.24) and Jovanovic captured first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.09) and took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:12) for the Black Tornado.
South's Samantha Case was fourth in the 50 free (26.49) and 100 breast (1:17.17).
North senior Bryant Almanza made the finals in the 50 free (fifth) and 100 breast (eighth).
DISTRICT 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS — At North Bend, Cascade Christian defending state champion Breanna Sapienza and the Phoenix girls were strong in the preliminaries in the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A District 4 Swim Championships at North Bend Municipal Pool.
The top six swimmers in each preliminary advanced to today's finals.
Sapienza, a junior, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.46 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 56.83 to claim the top seeds.
Phoenix junior Alyse Darnall secured the best times in the 100 backstroke (1:01.14) and 100 free (55.10). She also swam a leg on the victorious 400 free relay (3:57.57) with Kylee Burks, Lauren Speaks and Olivia Sanchez.
The Phoenix girls 200 medley relay was second (1:59.20) and the 200 free relay was third (1:54.19).
Burks was second in the 50 free (26.99), Speaks third in the 200 individual medley (2:25.94) and 100 breast (1:13.23) and Sanchez third in the 100 fly (1:06.28) and 500 free (5:56.25).
On the boys side, Cascade Christian sophomore Treyson Robbins was second in the 50 free (23.93) and 100 free (54.84). The Pirates' 200 medley relay placed third (2:03.95), and Phoenix's Aaron Heard claimed third in the 200 free (2:06.78).