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Pirates off to good start in wrestling tournament

PHOENIX ' Phoenix wrestling coach Harry Mondale wanted to make sure his team stayed sharp during the holiday break, and the best way to do that is go up against the best competition he could find.

The Pirates won both of their matches in the seven-team Phoenix Invitational on Friday. They manhandled Lowell, 50-15, and dismantled Hidden Valley, 58-6.

I've been really impressed with the caliber of talent at this tournament. The wrestling has been excellent, Mondale said. We're rubbing elbows with some great programs.

I wanted to have something positive for the kids and keep them working during the holiday break. This is everything we could have hoped for.

The tournament is based on a dual format with each team wrestling against each other over the course of seven rounds. It will crown 14 individual champions in addition to the team title when it concludes today.

Hidden Valley also dropped a 64-15 decision to Banks. Klamath Union beat Juneau, Alaska, 42-33, and lost, 45-33, to Arcada, Calif.

Today's action begins at 11 a.m. at Phoenix High.

TEAM SCORES

Round 1

Juneau (Alaska) 48, Arcada (Calif.) 30

Phoenix 50, Lowell 15

Banks 64, Hidden Valley 15

Klamath Union ' bye

Round 2

Lowell 51, Hidden Valley 18

Banks 46, Arcada 30

Klamath Union 42, Juneau 33

Phoenix ' bye

Round 3

Banks 42, Juneau 33

Phoenix 58, Hidden Valley 6

Arcada 45, Klamath Union 33

NORTH IN 14TH AT SIERRA NEVADA CLASSIC ' At Reno, Nev., North Medford is 14th among 91 teams after the first day of the Sierra Nevada Classic.

With Black Tornado wrestlers combining for 17 pins, North accumulated 72.5 points, 17 fewer than first-place El Modena (Calif.).

Jimmy Ulrey (152 pounds) and Rob Folsom (160) are still in championship-bracket contention in their respective weights. Ulrey is 3-0 with three pins entering this morning's quarterfinals, while Folsom is 3-0 with two technical falls and a pin.

Still alive in consolation action for the Tornado are: Jon Ulrey (103), 4-1 with three pins; Sylvan Ulrey (119), 4-1 with two pins and a technical fall; and Josh Smith (135), 4-1 with two pins.

Chris Platt (140) went 3-2 with three pins and Ryan Folsom (145) went 3-2 with two pins before getting bounced from the tournament.