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CENTRAL POINT — Two Eagle Point wrestlers went undefeated and the Eagles won three of their five dual matches in the six-team Crater Classic Saturday.
Churchill of Eugene captured the team championship, winning all five of its duals. No other team or individual places were awarded.
"Every dual was a tough dual," said Crater coach Greg Haga. "We had four duals decided by one match. Everybody was fairly close. It was a long day, but it was good wrestling."
Eagle Point's James McCoy continued his stellar season, pinning all five of his opponents at 152 pounds. All but one of the falls came in the first period as the junior raised his record on the season to 23-2 with 17 pins.
Teammate Ethan Pomeroy, at 195 pounds, joined McCoy in going undefeated. Pomeroy was 5-0, but one of those was a forfeit.
Three Eagles were 4-1 on the mat. They were Christian Torrico (113), Levi Pomeroy (126) and Hunter Hoeptner (160).
Eagle Point defeated Crater 37-25, Culver 42-34 and Illinois Valley 54-18. The Eagles lost to Grants Pass 31-27 and Churchill 39-30.
Crater had three wrestlers — Nathan Walters (138), Cavin Gillispie (182) and Micah Walker (195) — post 4-1 records. Gillispie had a pin and three major decisions; Walters and Walker each had two pins and a forfeit.
Crater's lone victory was over Illinois Valley, 39-28. In addition to Eagle Point, it lost to Churchill 36-29, Grants Pass 36-32 and Culver 37-36.
Grants Pass and Culver were each 3-2 in the tournament, and Illinois Valley was 0-5.
Grants Pass' Casey Coulter pinned five foes, all but one match coming at 120. Kjell Thorsen, wrestling mostly at 160, was 5-0, and Tyler Bellon was 5-0 at 106 with a forfeit.
Illinois Valley's Logan Miller (145) went 5-0 with five pins, and John Britt (182) was 5-0 with three falls.
BEND INVITATIONAL — At Bend, Ashland's three individual champions led the Grizzlies to a seventh-place finish at the 10-team tournament.
Ashland senior Mason Montgomery improved to 15-0 after pinning Ridgeview's Connor Sperling in 1 minute, 28 seconds in the 220-pound championship.
The Grizzlies' Sam Gostnell (13-4) earned a 10-9 decision over Mountain View's Tracy Pitcher in the 152-pound title match. Teammate Cody Frost-Eisenberg (285) pinned Willamette's Dalton Trim in 1:25 to secure a championship and improve to 12-2.
Ashland's Cedar Barnes (160) was fourth and Chris Bowland (145) fifth.
Mountain View earned the team title with 251 points.
NORTH COAST CLASSIC — At Eureka, Calif., Braden Vega dominated the 160-pound weight class, Kyle Bradfield prevailed at 152 and five more Phoenix grapplers were runners-up as the Pirates captured the first-place team trophy at the 23-team event.
Phoenix finished with 199.5 points, well ahead of second-place Pleasant Valley, Calif., (142) and third-place Eureka (141). The win came a week after the Pirates' second-place showing at the Rogue Valley Championships.
Vega improved to 23-6 overall by pinning each of his four opponents, including a fall nine seconds into the third period over Hawk Mattz of Del Norte, Calif., in the championship match. Vega also pinned Ben Meister of Corning, Calif., in 4:48 in the semifinals.
Bradfield pinned his first two opponents, rolled to a lopsided major decision in the semis then used a reversal with 30 seconds left to beat Erick Moreno of Lower Lake, Calif., 9-8, in a thrilling final.
Also racking up points for the Pirates were second-place finishers Richard Orndorff (120 pounds), Zeke Flores (126), Knute Thompson (145), Izzy Rubio (170) and Trace Vega (182). Orndorff came close to giving the Pirates three champions, but dropped an 8-7 decision to Bailey Mora of Pleasant Valley in the championship match.
Also for the Pirates, Hunter McCalister placed third at 132, Travis Stainbrook fourth at 170 and Cedar King fifth at 138.
GRANTS PASS SWEEPS SOUTH — South Medford's girls team picked up a pair of individual victories by Marissa Drake and Julia Miller but fell short in the overall competition, 122-33.
The Cavemen swept the dual meet with a 122-43 win in boys action.
Drake won the 200-yard freestyle (2:18.00) and 100 free (1:01.73), while Miller touched first in the 50 free (28.76) and 100 backstroke (1:07.86).
TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 122, South Medford 43.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Grants Pass (Mitch, DeLisle, Merker, Churchill), 1:51.00; 200 FREE — Sloan, GP, 2:05.85; 200 IM — Kompaniet, GP, 2:16.47; 50 FREE — Drevets, GP, 24.47; 100 FLY — Bald, GP, 1:00.25; 100 FREE — Kompaniet, GP, 53.69; 500 FREE — Drevets, GP, 5:33.24; 200 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (Holverson, Komp, Neaves, Drevets), 1:44.94; 100 BACK — Bald, GP, 1:01.50; 100 BREAST — DeLisle, GP, 1:07.40; 400 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (Churchill, Merker, Sloan, Komp), 3:37.72.
TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 122, South Medford 33.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — Grants Pass (Brooks, LeMoss, Bradbury, Wolverton), 2:16.32; 200 FREE — Marissa Drake, SM, 2:18.00; 200 IM — Christian Drevets, GP, 2:41.60; 50 FREE — Julia Miller, SM, 28.76; 100 FLY — Natalie LeMoss, GP, 1:19.41; 100 FREE — Marissa Drake, SM, 1:01.73; 500 FREE — Christiana, GP, 6:06.03; 200 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (Rossel, Wolverton, LeMoss, Connelly), 1:58.25; 100 BACK — Julia Miller, SM, 1:07.86; 100 BREAST — Grace Connelly, GP, 1:26.84; 400 FREE RELAY — Grants Pass (Rossel, Drevets, Bowman, Connelly), 4:20.97.
ASHLAND SWEEPS CRATER — At Ashland, Ashland had three boys and one girls win multiple individual events and also swept the relays to complete a nonleague dual-meet sweep of Crater at the Southern Oregon University pool.
Quinn Teece, Cole Harding and Ben Briesmeister won two individual events apiece to help the Ashland boys prevail 107-75, and Ada Lawson won two events to lead the Ashland girls to a 129-72 victory.
Teece won the 200-yard freestyle (2:15.95) and the 500 free (6:25.27), Harding won the 50 free (22.69) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.20) and Briesmeister won the 200 individual medley (2:28.03) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.69).
Lawson finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.81) and 200 free (2:20.63).
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 107, Crater 75.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Ashland (Devon Lancaster, Tristan Gavin, Cole Harding, Quinn Teece), 1:58.40; 200 FREE — 1, Quinn Teece, A, 2:15.95; 200 IM — 1, Ben Briesmeister, C, 2:28.03; 50 FREE — 1, Cole Harding, 22.69; 100 FLY — 1, Ben Briesmeister, C, 1:05.69; 100 FREE — 1, Elijah Ballantyne, A, 58.62; 500 FREE — 1, Quinn Teece, A, 6:25.27; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Quinn Teece, Devon Lancaster, Elijah Ballantyne, Cole Harding), 1:43.46; 100 BACK — 1, Devon Lancaster, A, 1:12.87; 100 BREAST — 1, Cole Harding, A, 1:08.20.
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 129, Crater 72.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Ashland (Grace Geisslinger, Ada Lawson, Madeline Longshore, Kaya Boehm), 2:12.20; 200 FREE — Ada Lawson, A, 2:20.63; 200 IM — ; 50 FREE — 1, Madeline Longshore, A, 27.34; 100 FLY — 1, Kaya Boehm, A, 1:16.89; 100 FREE — 1, Sydney Wisdom, A, 1:08.94; 500 FREE — 1, Marina Tacconi, A, 7:19.86; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Madeline Longshore, Sydney Wisdom, Grace Geisslinger, Ada Lawson), 1:55.04; 100 BACK — 1, Sarah Selland, C, 1:18.01; 100 BREAST — 1, Ada Lawson, A, 1:23.81; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Kaya Boehm, Amelia Zeve, Marina Tacconi, Sydney Wisdom), 4:46.76.
NORTH MEDFORD 8, CRATER 3 — Max Henry and Drew Snowden both had two goals and one assist at The RRRink to keep North Medford perfect on the year.
Chase Courtney recorded one goal and two assists and Joshua Wu, Justin Lillman and Dylan Wu each netted goals for the Black Tornado (4-0), which led 3-0 after the first period.
North goalkeeper Calvinn Casaday made 19 saves.
Dustin Gomez, Gavin Gallagher and Eric Mott all scored for the Comets, who trailed 5-2 after the second period.
ASHLAND FOURTH — At Mount Bachelor, Ashland's Clara Honsinger placed eighth to lead the Ashland girls cross country ski team to a fourth-place team showing in the Oxford Inns, Suites & Hotels Freestyle.
Honsinger finished the 3,000-meter course in 14 minutes, 29 seconds to lead four Grizzlies who finished in the top 34 of the girls' race.
The Ashland boys, paced by 38th-place finisher Erik Oline (16:54), came in sixth.
Also for the Grizz girls, Paige Stephens was 18th (15:40), Alice Oline 26th (16:01) and Raven Borgilt 34th (17:38).
The Mountain View boys and Summit girls prevailed in team scoring at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association event. The meet also included teams from South Eugene, Sheldon, Crook County and North Eugene.