The Eagle Point wrestling team improved to 5-0 in dual meets this season by defeating host South Medford 48-34 on Wednesday.
The Eagles forfeited two matches but the Panthers — who drew a larger-than-normal crowd for their home opener — were forced to forfeit three of their own and couldn’t erase the deficit.
“That’s a good start to the season,” Eagles coach Kayce McNulty said.
South “battled us and beat us in some spots where I wish we would’ve had better performances,” McNulty added. “It’s early in the season and I think we were a little bit rusty on both sides, but I’m sure (both teams will) continue to improve.”
Both teams will look to use the nonleague competition to focus on areas of improvement heading into this weekend’s Coast Classic tournament in Bend.
South is still awaiting two key team members who played in the Panthers’ Class 6A football championship game and trying to get other football players who’ve already joined the team into wrestling shape and come down on weight.
“We’re getting there,” Panthers coach David Bage said. “For us, we’re always kind of one of those slow starting teams because football’s always tough. That’s just kind of our style.”
“Once we’re back in shape, we’ll be ready to kick it into high gear and compete with pretty much any team,” he added. “We’re happy. I think both us and Eagle Point walked away knowing what we want to work on. It was a good measuring stick for us.”
McNulty credited Jacob Hukill with an exceptional performance in the match at 195 pounds, in which Hukill trailed South’s Ryan Beck in points early on before catching Beck on his back on the third round to win by fall.
“That got us going and gave us a chance to win the dual,” McNulty said.
Additional standout performances by the Eagles were had by 106-pounder Freddy Barajas, who pinned South’s Aidan Rania in 50 seconds, and 120-pounder Thomas Zomerdyk, who won by fall over South’s Brinson Scott.
“They’re solid wrestlers and they did a good job tonight,” McNulty said of Barajas and Zomerdyk.
Highlights for South came at 160 pounds, where Josh Beachler won by fall over Eagle Point’s Josh Sitzer; at 170 pounds, where Carlos Camacho won by major decision, 15-7, over Eagle Point’s Ali Barajas; and at 126 pounds, where freshman Kilian Cosgrove pinned Eagle Point’s Vicente Garcia.
TEAM SCORE: Eagle Point 48, South Medford 34.
106 — Freddy Barajas, EP, pinned Aidan Rania, 0:50; 120 — Thomas Zomerdyk, EP, pinned Brinson Scott, 3:27; 126 — Kilian Cosgrove, SM, pinned Vicente Garcia, 3:50; 132 — Seth McCoy, EP, pinned Spencer Cloward, 1:45; 138 — Bradey Thrash, EP, pinned Andrew Hall, 1:45; 160 — Josh Beachler, SM, pinned Josh Sitzer, 5:03; 170 — Carlos Camacho, SM, dec. Ali Barajas, 15-7; 182 — Jaxin Kinler-Gossman, SM, pinned Joray Redhorse, 5:18; 195 — Jacob Hukill, EP, pinned Ryan Beck, 3:57.
GRANTS PASS 52, SUNSET 45: At Grants Pass, Ahdra Klingler had 14 points to lead Grants Pass, which built a commanding lead through the first three periods and coasted to a nonleague victory over Sunset.
Grace Gaither added 11 points, including a trio of triples, for the Cavers (2-1).
Kendsy Carmichael scored 12 to lead to the Apollos (0-2) of Portland’s Metro League.
SUNSET (45): Carmichael 12, Gonzalez 9, Ragan 8, Lopez 8, Byrnes 2, Nwokoma 2, Dobson 2, Filer 0, Bennett 0, Kimball 0. Totals17 5-12 45.
GRANTS PASS (52): Ah. Klingler 14, Gaither 11, Ay. Klingler 9, Williams 6, Bruner 6, Lingo 1, Etheridge 0, Rucker 0, Noga 0, Yount 0. Totals 19 9-23 52.
3-point goals — Sunset 6 (Lopez 2, Carmichael 2, Raga, Gonzalez); Grants Pass 5 (Gaither 3, Ay. Klingler, Ah. Klingler). Fouled out — Ragan, Kimball. JV result — Grants Pass 42, Sunset 34.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 58, MILO ADVENTIST 12: Sophomore post Zoe Belovitch had nine points for host Rogue Valley Adventist, which cruised past visiting Milo in a nonleague game to stay undefeated on the season.
Savanah Zamora, a junior guard, and Rose Tovar, a senior forward, added eight points for the Red Tail Hawks (4-0).
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 60, MILO ADVENTIST 31: Senior guard Michael Covrig finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Rogue Valley Adventist, which bounced back from its first loss of the season by defeating Milo Adventist in a nonleague game.
Marcus Wiggers added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (3-1), while Ruben Tovar scored 11, including a trio of treys, and Malachi Sitowski chipped in nine rebounds.