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Perseverance pays off for Crater's Mauck

SALEM ' Years from now, Greg Haga will use Devon Mauck as an inspiration to young members of his Crater High wrestling team who are down on their luck.

For three years, Mauck toiled in the Comets' practice room with little reward. He wasn't talented enough to crack Crater's two-deep lineup, which meant he couldn't make it to the district tournament.

It would have been easy for him to give up the sport, but he knew it was rewarding in other ways, such as building self-esteem and discipline and making new friends.

This season, Mauck's dogged perseverance paid dividends. He finished third at the district tournament to earn a berth to the Class 4A state meet. He probably shouldn't have won more than a couple matches here, but he went 4-2 and wound up in fourth place.

Devon's a testament to what hard work can accomplish, Haga said.

— Mauck says he was inspired by former Crater wrestler Jeremy McLaughlin, another overachiever who finished second at state as a senior in 2003.

He encouraged me to keep going when I wasn't getting much accomplished, Mauck says. He said that if I stuck with it, I'd start to win at some point.

Mauck finished the season with a 25-14 record, and he fared better at the state tournament than Roseburg's Jake Spears and Grants Pass' Richard Alves, the other two 130-pound competitors from the SOC. Spears wound up fifth and Alves seventh.

I felt if Devon got in a good spot in the bracket that he'd win some matches and maybe place, Haga said. But fourth? That's surprising.

North Medford's Tim Endecott finished the state tournament with a flourish Saturday, pinning West Linn's Mac Gerber in 58 seconds in the third-place match of the 275-pound weight class.

Endecott, a junior, charged into the semifinals before getting pinned by top-ranked Rudy Schafforth.

I told him all season that he was among the top three heavyweights in the state, North Medford coach Bill Jones said, and he went out and proved it.

Junior Ryan Folsom took fifth at 160 pounds for the Black Tornado.

South Medford junior Juan Aguilar finished seventh at 103.

Eagle Point had three state placers: Jake McCoy (third at 145), Randy Pershall (fifth at 125) and Tyler Cam (eighth at 275).

Reach reporter Don Hunt at 776-4469, or e-mail