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Crater wrestling team's rally secures Oregon Classic title

REDMOND ' If a 33-8 deficit can't stop the No. 1-ranked Crater wrestling team, what can?

The Comets dug out of that daunting hole Saturday against Newberg in the championship of the Oregon Classic.

After beating Pendleton, 34-23, in the semifinals, Crater improved to 14-1 in dual meets by taming the Tigers on Taylor Wilkerson's meet-winning pin of James Lopez in the 275-pound finale.

The Comets won six consecutive matches to close out the dual, which began with Newberg taking six of the first eight.

Chase Maloney (152), Cody Ponder (160), Cody Clark (189) and Charlie Alexander (215) won by decisions and Wilkerson and Ron Lee (171) posted pins to fuel the Crater comeback.

Any time you get down 33-8, emotionally young kids ' or even old people ' think it's over, said head coach Greg Haga, whose Comets are the defending Class 4A state champions. You've gotta hand it to our kids for clawing their way back. It's a big win for us.

— Championship Results

103 '

Marty Eng, N, pinned Jake Vizzini, 4:32; 112 '

Tim Siler, N, pinned Andrew Vanwey, 5:21; 119 '

Tyler Weathers, C, dec. Tim Brugger, 5-2; 125 '

John Chandler, N, pinned Aaron Zon, 2:28; 130 '

Tim Conway, N, won by forfeit.

135 '

Sam Schmitz, N, dec. Josh Stratton, 7-5; 140 '

Bryson Gutches, C, tech. fall Josh Stutzman, 20-5; 145 '

Sean Santana, N, pinned Jordan Godley, 4;48; 152 '

Chase Maloney, C, dec. Thomas King, 13-2.

160 '

Cody Ponder, C, dec. Trent Conant, 3-2 2OT; 171 '

Ron Lee, C, pinned Ransom Portistathas, 1:21; 189 '

Cody Clark, C, dec. Jared Thomas, 14-4; 215 '

Charlie Alexander, C, dec. Ryan Rustrum, 6-3; 275 '

Taylor Wilkerson, C, pinned James Lopez, 4:22.

Swimming

ROGUE VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIPS ' At Ashland, Ashland won the boys team title and North Medford took the girls crown in nine-team fields at the Southern Oregon University pool.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES '

1, Ashland 336; 2, Phoenix 202; 3, South Medford 154; 4, North Medford 127; 5, Crater 119; 6, Grants Pass 71; 7, North Valley 67&

189; ; 8, Eagle Point 56; 9, Hidden Valley 23&

189; .

200 MEDLEY RELAY '

1, Ashland 'A' (Caleb Salmond, Travis Bishop, Geoff Berteau, Andrew Del Carlo), 1:52.15; 2, Phoenix 'A', 1:52.20; 3, South Medford 'A', 1:59.45.

200 FREESTYLE '

1, Justin Heath, Phoe, 1:51.57; 2, Nick Janssen, Cra, 2:01.89; 3, Ben Dawson, Ash, 2:02.26.

200 INdivIDUAL MEDLEY '

1, Travis Bishop, Ash, 2:12.11; 2, Geoff Berteau, Ash, 2:18.05; 3, Michael Heckert, Cra, 2:19.00.

50 FREESTYLE '

1, Arron Nelson, Ash, 22.87; 2, Scott Goings, SM, 23.80; 3, Dan Johnson, GP, 24.02.

100 BUTTERFLY '

1, Tolga Tokman, NM, 58.33; 2, Geoff Berteau, Ash, 1:04.68; 3. Kyle Humphrey Ash, 1:04.98.

100 FREESTYLE '

1, Arron Nelson, Ash, 52.15; 2, Jeff Stone, Phoe, 54.85; 3, Dan Johnson, GP, 55.11.

500 FREESTYLE '

1, Justin Heath, Phoe, 5:15.55; 2, Ben Dawson, Ash, 5:43.79; 3. Kyle Humphrey, Ash, 6:02.87.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY '

1, Ashland 'A' (Nathan Jessop, Andrew Del Carlo, Ben Dawson, Arron Nelson), 1:39.71; 2, South Medford 'A', 1:42.02; 3, Crater 'A', 1:42.17.

100 BACKSTROKE '

1, Tolga Tokman, NM, 59.32; 2, Jeff Stone, Phoe, 1:02.15; 3, Michael Heckert, Cra, 1:03.81.

100 BREASTSTROKE '

1, Travis Bishop, Ash, 1:07.48; 2, Nick Janssen, Cra, 1:12.51; 3, Cameron Guthrie, SM, 1:13.26.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY '

1, Ashland 'A' (Travis Bishop, Nathan Jessop, Ben Dawson, Arron Nelson), 3:37.33; 2, Phoenix 'A', 3:39.94; 3, South Medford 'A', 4:35.33.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES '

1, North Medford 220; 2, Ashland 196; 3, Grants Pass 174; 4, Phoenix 167; 5, South Medford 153; 6, Crater 138; 7, North Valley 86; 8, Eagle Point 56; 9, Hidden Valley 52.

200 MEDLEY RELAY '

1, Crater 'A' (Lisa Pool, Ashlee Rutter, Makenzie Wood, Chanel Jansen), 2:05.25; 2, Phoenix 'A', 2:07.28; 3, North Medford 'A', 2:12.44.

200 FREESTYLE '

1, Ashley Roda, Ash, 2:09.90; 2, Nichole Fox, SM, 2:16.01; 3, Brenna Moran, Phoe, 2:21.35.

200 INdivIDUAL MEDLEY '

1, Kelsey Nelson, Phoe, 2:23.48; 2, Elise Boldt, NM, 2:29.59; 3, Hailey Mahoney, NV, 2:31.19.

50 FREESTYLE '

1, Nancy Hawley, SM, 25.83; 2, Michelle Smith, Ash, 26.75; 3, Lakin Rigby, NM, 27.94.

100 BUTTERFLY '

1, Melissa Pepitone, HV, 1:01.94; 2, Nichole Fox, SM, 1:08.53; 3, Hillary Burrelle, NM, 1:09.90.

100 FREESTYLE '

1, Kelsey Nelson, Phoe, 57.22; 2, Michelle Smith, Ash, 58.30; 3, Ashley Roda, Ash, 59.09.

500 FREESTYLE '

1, Ashlee Rutter, Cra, 5:50.66; 2, Shannon McDoungh, GP, 6:16.72; 3, Faye Walker, Ash, 6:24.10.

200 FREESTYLE '

1, Grants Pass 'A' (Chesney McHan, Shannon McDoungh, Rachel Heck, Christina Cobb), 1:53.12; 2, Ashland 'A', 1:53.23; 3, South Medford 'A', 1:53.88.

100 BACKSTROKE '

1, Melissa Pepitone, HV, 1:04.16; 2, Nancy Hawley, SM, 1:08.92; 3, Britain Kane, GP, 1:09.92..

100 BREASTSTROKE '

1, Elise Boldt, NM, 1:15.83; 2, Hailey Mahoney, NV, 1:16.02; 3, Ashlee Rutter, Cra, 1:19.27.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY '

1, Ashland 'A' (Ashley Roda, Hannah Bergstrom, Caitlin Emery, Michelle Smith), 4:05.80; 2, North Medford 'A', 4:06.55; 3, Grants Pass 'A', 4:35.27.