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KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix placed third in the Skyline Conference wrestling tournament at Mazama High and advanced 11 to next week's District 3 regional tournament.
Henley ran away with the title, crowning eight champions and advancing 19 to regionals. The Hornets scored 468.5 points, followed by Klamath Union (324.5) and Phoenix (217).
The top four in each weight class qualified for regionals next week at South Umpqua. The top four at regionals move on to state.
Phoenix had four in the finals Saturday, but none met with favorable results.
The Pirates' Izzy Rubio lost by a technical fall at 160 pounds, and teammates Austyn Snow (126), Kyle Bradfield (145) and Garrett Truax (170) all were defeated by falls.
Truax, an unseeded freshman, recorded a thrilling win in the semifinals when he pinned No. 2 seed Will Ruiz of Klamath Union in 3:27.
Phoenix got thirds from Ezequiel Flores (120) and Braden Vega (138) and fourths from Richard Orndorff (113), Knute Thompson (120), Trace Vega (152), Cory Raffensperger (195) and Jeremiah Meadors (285).
TEAM SCORES — Henley 468.5, Klamath Union 324.5, Phoenix 217, Hidden Valley 132, North Valley 122, Mazama 58.
106 — Joe Britt, Hen, dec. Trevon Kuhlman, Hen, 2-0; 113 — Tyler Scott, Hen, pinned Quinton Hook, Hen, 4:53; 120 — Ronnie Bresser, Hen, pinned Chase Femlund, Hen, 4:00; 126 — Conner Noonan, Hen, pinned Austyn Snow, Pho, 1:07; 132 — Zech Bresser, Hen, pinned A.J. Munoz, HV, 3:48.
138 — Tee Nguyen, KU, inj. default over Rowdy Wells, Maz; 145 — Calvin Tillery, Hen, pinned Kyle Bradfield, Pho, 1:41; 152 — Chance Anderson, HV, inj. default over Austin Tillery, Hen; 160 — Gary Jantzer, Hen, tech. fall Izzy Rubio, Pho, 16-1.
170 — Chase Anderson, KU, pinned Garrett Truax, Pho, 3:27; 182 — Phil Morse, KU, maj. dec. Gray Prescott, KU, 13-3; 195 — Mitch Mirande, KU, dec. Brad Hyatt, HV, 7-4; 220 — Eli Noonan, Hen, pinned Sterling Westfall, 3:51; 285 — Stephen Noonan, Hen, pinned Xavier Rodriguez, KU.
106 — Brndon Peterson, NV, dec. Jared Hoppins, HV, 6-5; 113 — Luke Valle, NV, pinned Richard Orndorff, Pho, no time; 120 — Ezequiel Flores, Pho, dec. Knute Thompson, Pho, 11-5; 126 — Bee Nguyen, KU, dec. David Cornish, NV, 11-4; 132 — Nick Ogbom, KU, forfeit over Jeremiam Leonard, Hen.
138 — Braden Vega, Pho, dec. Gunnard Lindsey, Hen, 11-9; 145 — Trevor Anderson, KU, forfeit over Dylan DuPont; 152 — Jacob Klein, KU, dec. Trace Vega, Pho, 10-9; 160 — Ryan Clarkin, NV, pinned JJ Hughes, KU, 1:47.
170 — Will Ruiz, KU, pinned Cody Collins, Hen, :15; 182 — James Noonan, Hen, pinned Brandon Wrezinski, HV, 3:40; 195 — Zach Cardoza, KU, pinned Cory Raffensperger, Pho, 3:38; 220 — Matt Walsh, Hen, bye; 285 — William Noonan, Hen, pinned Jeremiah Meadors, Pho, 3:55.
106 — Danai Erickson, Maz, bye; 113 — Mark McCallister, Pho, dec. Bodi McCaskill, NV, 6-1; 120 — Jesse Harris, Maz, dec. Beau Blossom, NV, 11-9; 126 — Juan Romero, Hen, forfeit over Patrick Williams, KU; 132 — Cedrus King, Pho, inj. default over Ben Haley, HV.
138 — Two forfeits; 145 — Sean Allen, KU, forfeit over Jake Roberts, NV; 152 — Hayden Aubul, Hen, pinned Justin Knight, Pho, 5:50; 160 — Cody Bellenbaum, HV, pinned Martin Rosiles, Hen, 1:52.
170 — Cody Parton, Hen, pinned Tristan Odove, HV, :37; 182 — John Baker, Hen, pinned Derick Boice, HV, 2:27; 195 — Brendon Rojas, Hen, maj. dec. Tyler Burris, Hen, 10-1; 220 — no match; 285 — Peter Trachsel, KU, inj. default over Cody Olmstead, NV.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — North Medford captured the regular-season championship of the Southern Oregon League with the victory, earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.
South Medford opens the playoffs against Crater at 8 p.m. Monday at The RRRink. North Medford plays the winner the following night at 7 p.m.
Max Henry had two goals, and Dylan Wu, Michael Fthenakis, Erik Skogseth, Jeremy Wu and Kyler Westlund each knocked in one goal for the Black Tornado.
Jeremy Wu had four assists and Dylan Wu two assists.
Cy Jenson and Preston Carney both netted a goal for the Panthers.
North goalkeeper Calvinn Casaday made 22 saves.
GUY MATTIODA MEMORIAL — At Winema National Forest, Ashland's Clara Honsinger placed second in the 5-kilometer race to finish third in the final Southern League standings at the Walt Haring Sno Park.
Honsinger crossed the finish line in 21 minutes, 5 seconds to lead the Ashland girls to a fourth-place team finish. The Grizz girls tied for third in the final league standings. South Eugene's Phacelia Cramer claimed the Southern League title with 292 points, 18 more than Honsinger.
In the boys race, Ashland's Gavan Borgias led the Grizzlies by placing 20th in 21:38, while Bohdan Schurr was 27th (24:18) and Nathan Ostovar 28th (24:22).
The Grizz boys finished third in the team race and fifth in the final league standings.