Athletic directors at the Class 5A level have proven to be the most invested in controlling their own playoff destiny since a switch to the...
For the week ending Feb. 24
Chase Mackey, Crater wrestling
The senior placed second at 160 pounds in the Class 6A state championships, his best finish since taking seventh as a freshman. He lost in the finals to top-seeded Elijah Taylor of David Douglas, 6-3.
Mason Montgomery, Ashland wrestling
The junior 195-pounder came up one win shy of a perfect season, and that loss was in the Class 5A state finals to Hermiston freshman SamŽuel Shields-Colbray, a national champion last summer. Runner-up Montgomery had a 39-1 record.
Izzy Rubio, Phoenix wrestling
The junior took second place in the Class 4A state meet, losing in the 160-pound final on a fall against nationally-ranked Henley opponent Gary Jantzer. A year ago, Rubio wasn’t seeded at district and didn’t place at state.
Tyler Thomas, Crater wrestling
The junior placed second at 120 pounds in the Class 6A tourney, waging another close battle with Roseburg’s Chad Jones before falling, 3-1, on a takedown with seven seconds left. Five matches between the two this year were decided by two points.