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GRANTS PASS — Eagle Point's Sherman Hammond was the runner-up at 138 pounds and three of his teammates won third-place matches to power the Eagles to second place in the Grants Pass Winter Kickoff Saturday.
Henley, with with two champions, won the team title with 179.5 points, Eagle Point had 158.5 and North Medford, led by a pair of champions, was third with 145.5.
Hammond, a sophomore, used consecutive pins to advance to the 138-pound quarterfinals then dominated his next match 7-0 before advancing to the final on a forfeit. In the championship bout, Henley's Connor Noonan beat Hammond in a 14-6 decision.
"He did a great job — got us some bonus points with pins and he's just a tough kid," Eagle Point coach Kacey McNulty said of Hammond.
Also for the Eagles, Michael Hammon (120), Levi Pomeroy (126) and James McCoy (160) placed third and Loren Denn (138) fourth.
Hammon pulled out a 3-0 decision over North Medford's Caleb Dix in his third-place match, bouncing back from a semifinal pin at the hands of Phoenix's Richard Orndorff, who wound up second.
Pomeroy wrapped up third with a two-minute pin of Mack Crandall (Lakeview), while McCoy needed even less time (1:04) to finish off Ruben Mendez of South Medford in another third-fourth bout.
For North Medford, 106-pounder Henry Cox and 195-pounder Trent Wilson both won decisions to capture titles.
Cox, who tallied three straight pins to get to the final, beat Michael Bresser of Henley 6-4 to capture first, and Wilson beat Jarred Montgomery of Dayton 4-1 in the 195 final. Wilson's championship victory followed a hard-fought 5-3 semifinal victory over Thomas Keeler of Gold Beach.
"I like to push the pace and open up leads and (Wilson) did a better job of that," North Medford head coach Phillip Lopez said. "He started to open up more, which is good, especially if he has aspirations of wrestling in college. I think in the past he had the habit of going into defensive mode, but he kept wrestling, so this is a good step for him for what he wants to accomplish in February."
Several other local wrestlers also had big days at the 29-team Winter Kickoff:
- Nate Walter of Crater won a 6-0 decision over Logan Miller of Illinois Valley to sew up the 145-pound title.
- Gary Jantzer of North Valley edged Izzy Rubio of Phoenix 5-4 in the 170-pound championship bout.
- Senior Mason Montgomery of Ashland beat Issac Kibby of McKinleyville, 8-2, to claim the 220-pound title.
- North Medford's Skylar Black won an 8-3 decision over Julian Northrop of Illinois Valley in the 220-pound third-place match.
TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — 1, Henley 179.5; 2, Eagle Point 158.5; 3, North Medford 145.5; 4, Grants Pass 143; 5, Illinois Valley 125; 6, Crater 120; 7, Phoenix 115; 8, McKinleyville 100; 9, Ashland 91; 10, Crescent Valley 80.
Others — 11, South Medford 70; 12, North Valley 65.5; 27, Hidden Valley 20; 34, Rogue River 0.
106 — Henry Cox, North Medford, dec. Michael Bresser, Henley, 6-4; 113 — Casey Coulter, GP, dec. Jacob Cytryubaum, South Eugene, 1-0; 120 — Mark Welch, North Valley, dec. Richard Orndorff, Phoenix, 8-2; 126 — Kenny Jones, Lassen, pinned Ramiro Melecio, McKinleyville, 1:42; 132 — Alex Rich, Crescent Valley, tech. fall over Tyler Thomas, Grants Pass, 5:46 (16-0).
138 — Connor Noonan, Henley, maj. dec. Sherman Hammond, Eagle Point, 14-6; 145 — Nate Walter, Crater, dec. Logan Miller, Illinois Valley, 6-0; 152 — Daine Taylor, Henley, dec. Brock Wilson, Crescent Valley, 3-0; 160 — Kjell Thorsen, Grants Pass, dec. Shane Roach, South Eugene, 6-1.
170 — Gary Jantzer, North Valley, dec. Izzy Rubio, Phoenix, 5-4; 182 — John Britt, Illinois Valley, dec. Derek Carl, Gold Beach, 7-2; 195 — Trent Wilson, North Medford, dec. Jarred Montgomery, Dayton, 4-1; 220 — Mason Montgomery, Ashland, dec. Issac Kibby, McKinleyville, 8-2; 285 — Steely Smith, West Albany, dec. Devon Wade, West Albany,8-2.
106 — Tyler Bellon, Grants Pass, dec. Joshua Casqueira, McKinleyville, 4-0; 113 — Ricky Esparza, Glendale, dec. Joe Britt, Henley, 8-4; 120 — Michael Hammon, Eagle Point, dec. Caleb Dix, North Medford, 3-0; 126 — Levi Pomeroy, Eagle Point, pinned Mack Crandall, Lakeview, 2:00; 132 — Cedar King, Phoenix, dec. Alex Valencia, Modoc, 6-4.
138 — Trajan Hurd, Grants Pass, dec. Loren Denn, Eagle Point, 5-2; 145 — Skyler Ingwerson, Lassen, dec. Calvin Tillery, Henley, 6-5; 152 — Austin Tillery, Henley, pinned Jason Comer, Crater, 5:06; 160 — James McCoy, Eagle Point, pinned Ruben Mendez, South Medford, 1:04.
170 — TJ Huey, Illinois Valley, dec. Hunter Hoeptner, Eagle Point, 2-1; 182 — Calvin Gillespie, Crater, dec. Max Montgomery, Ashland, 3-1; 195 — Thomas Keeler, Gold Beach, dec. Micah Walker, 4-3; 220 — Skylar Black, North Medford, dec. Julian Northrop, Illinois Valley, 6-3; 285 — Stephen Noonan, Henley, dec. Mason Laird, North Bend, 2-1.