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North's Wilson wins title at Reno Worlds

North Medford junior Trent Wilson added another highlight to an already successful wrestling season over the weekend with his championship effort in the prestigious Suplay Reno Worlds in Nevada.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Hunter Hoeptner

Wilson secures historic title

Wilson secures historic title

PORTLAND — North Medford's drought of state champions in wrestling since the city split into two high schools is over.

Grizzly, Eagle wrestlers triumph

Grizzly, Eagle wrestlers triumph

PORTLAND — The effort by Eagle Point senior Hunter Hoeptner was quick, the one by Ashland senior Mason Montgomery a little more methodical.

Phoenix's Rubio cruises to 4A crown

Phoenix's Rubio cruises to 4A crown

PORTLAND — With his Phoenix High teammates poised to pounce in the bowels of Memorial Coliseum, Pirates senior Izzy Rubio had the look of a wrestler who could take all of them on and not bat an eye Saturday night.

Local wrestlers fare well at state tournament

PORTLAND — Be it by a pair of pins or maybe a thrilling last-second comeback, a combined 18 wrestlers from the Rogue Valley found a way Friday to advance into the semifinal round here at the Class 6A-1A wrestling state tournament at the Memorial...

Helping Hand

Helping Hand

EAGLE POINT — Lending a hand has rarely been an issue for Eagle Point senior Hunter Hoeptner, who by all accounts has logged more than 100 hours of community service since stepping on the Eagles' campus.

Title hopes are bright for local wrestlers

Southern Oregon went without a wrestling state champion for the first time in more than a decade at last year's state tournament but the area is ripe with hopefuls capable of making sure that status isn't extended.

Bradfield wins regional title to pace Phoenix

PHOENIX — Phoenix senior Kyle Bradfield won in a nail-biter and teammates Izzy Rubio and Trace Vega placed second to highlight Day 2 for the local contingent at the Class 4A District 3 Regional Championships on Saturday at Phoenix High.

Phoenix advances 11 to regional semifinals

PHOENIX — Eleven Phoenix wrestlers earned semifinal berths at the Class 4A District 3 regional tournament at Phoenix High on Friday.

February 2014

North duo, South's Harris win titles
North duo, South's Harris win titles

ROSEBURG — The race for team champion was a foregone conclusion but that doesn't mean there weren't a few surprises on the final day of wrestling at the Class 6A District 4 Regional Championships on Saturday.

Locals advance to regional semis

ROSEBURG — Crater advanced seven wrestlers to semifinal matches on the opening day of the District 4 Regional Championships at Roseburg High Friday.

Regionals start today for 6A, 5A wrestlers

A season of hard work and dedication will come to a head this weekend when the regional championship wrestling tournaments take place for southern Oregon's locals at the Class 6A and 5A levels.

North's Cox striving for more
North's Cox striving for more

A new year brought about a new wrestling style for North Medford sophomore Henry Cox, and it definitely seems to have suited him thus far.

Girl Power
Girl Power

ASHLAND — As tough as she is to mark on the soccer pitch or catch up to while running on the track, Sadie Bailey couldn't escape the trained eye of Ashland wrestling coach Tony Champion.

Hope is girls wrestling gains foothold
Hope is girls wrestling gains foothold

Although it's not a sanctioned sport in Oregon, girls wrestling is considered a wave of the future for local coaches like Ashland's Tony Champion and Crater's Greg Haga.

Top-ranked Roseburg cruises past Crater

CENTRAL POINT — The top-ranked Roseburg wrestling team used superior depth to down Crater, 66-3, in the Southern Oregon Hybrid dual on Friday.

Grants Pass tops South

The Grants Pass wrestling team used its depth to top South Medford, 48-22, at South Medford High on Wednesday.

January 2014

Cavers down Tornado in SOH wrestling dual

GRANTS PASS — North Medford had five victories — three individual wins on the mat and two by forfeit — but it wasn't enough as Grants Pass crowned nine winners in a 47-27 Southern Oregon Hybrid dual victory at Grants Pass High.

Crater's Winningham falls in TOC final

HILLSBORO — Crater senior Tom Winningham's run through the 152-pound bracket at the Reser's Tournament of Champions came to an end in the finals against a powerhouse on Saturday at Liberty High.

Pomeroy, Winningham move on to Reser semis

HILLSBORO — Eagle Point junior wrestler Levi Pomeroy and Crater senior Tom Winningham advanced to the Reser's Tournament of Champions semifinals Friday at Liberty High.

Crater uses seven pins to edge North Medford

With a few sick wrestlers out of his lineup and others who were going to need to step up their efforts for Wednesday night's dual, Crater head coach Greg Haga said he didn't sleep much overnight in preparation for his team's trip to North Medford.

Eagle Point keeps invitational title at home

EAGLE POINT — The Eagle Point wrestling team used depth to claim first place at the 14-team Eagle Point Invitational on Saturday.

Tornado pins SOH loss on Panthers

South Medford came out with good passion and intensity but North Medford proved too much in Southern Oregon Hybrid wrestling Thursday night at South Medford High.

Crater gets its revenge against Eagles

EAGLE POINT — The Crater wrestling team avenged an earlier loss to Eagle Point with a 34-31 nonleague dual triumph on Wednesday night.

Wrestler McCoy's hard work pays off with wins

Everyone likes to believe they've worked hard in a given week, but it's hard to imagine anyone topping what Eagle Point's James McCoy accomplished from one Saturday to another last week.

South wins High Desert Classic

KLAMATH FALLS — South Medford brought home four individual championships and also had a second-place finisher to claim the High Desert Classic team title on Saturday.

McCoy perfect to lead Eagle Point at Crater Classic

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.

Crater pins close loss on Cavemen

CENTRAL POINT — In an expected tight wrestling match, host Crater used wins at key weights and an advantage in bonus points to edge Grants Pass, 39-33, in Southern Oregon Hybrid wrestling on Thursday.

Eagles win with ease
Eagles win with ease

Eagle Point advanced nine wrestlers to the championship finals and crowned six champions — with teammates squaring off at one weight — to outdistance the field Saturday in the Rogue Valley Championships at North Medford High.

South Medford slips by Ashland in dual
South Medford slips by Ashland in dual

The Ashland High wrestling team continued its resurgence but couldn't hold a late lead as South Medford's Dominic Deitrick pinned Lucian Farrow in the final match to lock up a 41-39 comeback win for the Panthers in a nonleague dual meet at Mountain...

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Henry Cox

December 2013

Phoenix High's Rubio cruises to tourney title

RENO, Nev. — Phoenix wrestler Izzy Rubio completed a dominant performance with a fall in the prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic Saturday at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Eagles, Tornado shine in tourney

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.

Rubio wins title at Coast Classic

NORTH BEND — Phoenix's Izzy Rubio and Casey Coulter of Grants Pass highlighted the effort for southern Oregon's wrestlers at the Coast Classic with championships Saturday during the 28-team event at North Bend High.

Locals in contention at Coast Classic

NORTH BEND — Twenty-four local wrestlers — including nine from Crater and six from Eagle Point — advanced to the quarterfinals of the 28-school Coast Classic with victories at North Bend High on Friday.

Weighty Issue
Weighty Issue

For as long as there have been wrestlers and ways to measure them — either with rudimentary scales or sophisticated hydration and body-fat analysis — athletes have taken steps, sometimes drastic, to make weight.

September 2013

Lopez hired as Tornado wrestling coach

Phillip Lopez, who guided the Reedsport wrestling team to several successful seasons, has been hired to coach North Medford.

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Class 5A football playoff bids won't come easy

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...