HILLSBORO — Crater juniors Zeth Brower and Logan Meek each capped off a dominant weekend with individual titles at the Reser’s Tournament of Champions, spurring the Comets to a fourth-place finish overall thanks to final-round pins in the elite wrestling event Saturday at Liberty High.
Brower picked up where he left off Friday with a 17-3 major decision win over Sweet Home’s Jackson Royer in the 106-pound semifinals, then dialed it up a notch in the finals to secure a pin in 3 minutes, 25 seconds against Hillsboro freshman Tristin Keffer. Brower finished runner-up at last year’s Reser’s TOC.
“Zeth dominated all the matches he had leading into the finals and did the same thing in the finals,” said Crater head coach Greg Haga. “He put the heat on him and turned him in a bar and half and pinned him.”
Meek was stellar in his own right, winning his first Reser’s title at 145 pounds with a pin of Culver’s Jorge Olivera in 3:22. Meek’s only match that didn’t result in a fall was a 12-3 major decision over Roseburg’s Shane Sabins in the semifinals.
Meek was later honored with the Gregorian Award, which is given to the wrestler with the most falls in the least amount of time. He scored pins in 45 seconds, 2:27, 33 seconds and 3:22.
Crater also received a fourth-place finish from senior Jace Godley (152) and fifth-place showing from senior Hunter Grant (113) to help score 135.5 points.
Roseburg won with 270 points, followed by Dallas (170) and Newberg (140). The two finals pins allowed Crater to vault ahead of Culver (133) and Hermiston (132).
As another positive sign for Crater, its junior varsity team placed fourth in the JV portion of the Reser’s TOC.
EAGLE POINT INVITATIONAL: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point crowned four champions and had two others finish second to help claim the Eagle Point Invitational team title with 266.5 points.
Thomas Zomerdyk (106), Chance McMullen (120), Noah Sitzer (145) and Taylor Lawler (220) each earned championships for the Eagles.
South Medford finished second with 200.5 points and the title at 160 when Jordin Kinler topped his brother Jaxin Kinler in the championship. Braden Maloney went 4-0 to win the title at 152 as four weight classes were settled in round-robin fashion.
Cascade Christian crowned four champions in Gabe Vidlak (113), Trayson Weidman (126), Max Valle (132) and Gunnar Thompson (138), while Phoenix scored a champion at 285 in Ismael DeLaTorre and Ashland’s Zach Adler went 4-0 to win at 182.
TEAM SCORES: Eagle Point 266.5, South Medford 200.5, Phoenix 155.5, Cascade Christian 122.5, Rogue River 119, North Medford 105, Myrtle Point 82, North Valley 78, Ashland 76.5, Brookings-Harbor 41, Illinois Valley 37, Klamath Union 28.
106 — Thomas Zomerdyk, EP, major dec. Ryan Vidlak, CC, 14-0; 113 — Gabe Vidlak, CC, dec. Bradey Thrash, EP, 5-3; 120 — Chance McMullen, EP, pinned Dillon St. Onge, IV, 2:19; 126 — Trayson Weidman, CC, pinned Brandon Brumble, Pho, 2:56; 132 — Max Valle, CC, dec. Christian Garfield, NV, 9-4.
138 — Gunnar Thompson, CC, dec. Isaac Ruef, MP, 5-2; 145 — 1, Noah Sitzer, EP, dec. Josh Beachler, SM, 5-2; 160 — Jordin Kinler, SM, dec. Jaxin Kinler, SM, 7-2.
170 — 1, Alonzo Nalls, BH, pinned Cole Schumack, SM, 4:50; 285 — Ismael DeLaTorre, Pho, pinned Gabryel Echaide, RR.
106 — Trigger Weyers, EP, major dec. Freddy Barajas, EP, 14-4; 113 — Tyler Huerta, MP, pinned Dominic Mendolia, NM, :44; 120 — Makai Jacob, RR, pinned Clifford Johnson, MP, 1:11; 126 — Zayne Wilde, NV, pinned Ammon Jones, EP, 1:41; 132 — Gavin Decker, RR, pinned Jacky Hawkins, Pho, :52.
138 — Elijah Santana, Pho, pinned Josiah Bergquist, NV, 2:26; 145 — Jaime De La Cruz, EP, dec. Ali Barajas, EP, 8-4; 160 — 1, Jeremiah Sherrynewby, Ash, pinned Dane Johnson, Pho, 2:28.
170 — Ross Gaynor, IV, pinned Lane Lambert, EP, 1:31; 285 — Bryson Lexow, SM, pinned Tyler Copenhauer, NV, 4:30.
152 — 1, Braden Maloney, SM; 2, Austin Quayle, RR; 3, Joey Wilson, Pho; 182 — 1, Zach Adler, Ash; 2, Ryan Beck, SM; 3, Ben Crabill, MP; 195 — 1, Jacob Tambellini, RR; 2, Jacob Hukill, EP; 3, Tony Bench, NM; 220 — 1, Taylor Lawler, EP; 2, Praise Viliamu, NM, 3, Michael Cormier, SM.
KING OF THE MAT: At Windsor, Calif., North Medford’s Chase Mitchell and Cole Zoller each placed second and the Black Tornado finished sixth out of 51 teams thanks to four top-six placers.
Mitchell (106) came up short 5-2 in the finals against Anthony Sissom of Spanish Springs, Nevada, while Zoller (113) lost 5-0 in the finals to Trevor Bagan of Penngrove, California.
Andres Ramirez (145) placed fifth and Julian Stone (220) was sixth for North Medford.
1A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Lowell, Butte Falls/Prospect junior Billie Tucker scored a fall in the semifinals and placed second at 285 pounds in the nine-school tournament.
Tucker pinned Crane’s Adrian Huerta in 1:25 but lost to Lowell’s Thomas Talamantes-Ward by fall in 3:28.
Jack Worman was pinned in the two-person 195 bracket to finish second for Butte Falls/Prospect, while Jonathan Gagron lost his only two matches to finish fourth at 145. Ryan Cicero placed fifth for Butte Falls/Prospect, which finished fifth with 30 points.Butte Falls/Prospect finished fifth with 30 points.
TEAM SCORES: Lowell 217, Crane 131, Siletz Valley 94.5, Gilchrist 45, Butte Falls/Prospect 30, North Lake 21, Triangle Lake 21, Glendale 16, Chiloquin 10.