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Another day, another upset for SOU

The ninth-ranked Southern Oregon University wrestling team sprang an upset of a top-five team for the second consecutive evening with a 22-14 victory over No. 4 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Reno, Nev., Saturday night.

Hours after dispatching No. 5 Menlo 33-11 in Atherton, Calif., the Raiders improved to 4-1 on the season by claiming six of the 10 bouts against the defending NAIA West Region champion Eagles (0-3-1).

Freshman Barry Johnson (133), senior Matt Holt (141) and sophomore Joey Jannsen (149) staked SOU to a 9-3 lead with decisions, and the team's trio of nationally-ranked seniors sealed the Ashland school's third straight dual win.

Top-ranked Jimmy Grochowsky held off fourth-ranked Calvin DeVault 9-7 at 165, followed by second-ranked David O'Brien's 8-0 major decision over Nick Walden at 174.

Sixth-ranked 184-pounder Rick Story then capped SOU's team scoring by pinning Danny Eller in 2:02.

On Friday, SOU used three pins and five consecutive wins to overcome fifth-ranked Menlo.

— Freshman Trevor Lofstedt (125), O'Brien (184) and Story (184) won by fall for the Raiders, while unranked sophomore Jimmy Ulrey posted an 8-7 upset of fourth-ranked Kyle Bickford at 157.

Ulrey, a North Medford High all-state product, led Bickford 6-3 after the first period but needed a third-period reversal to emerge with his most significant collegiate triumph.

Clinging to a 6-4 early lead, SOU also picked up a key win at 141 when Holt decisioned Juan Roman, 2-1, as a result of accumulating riding time.

Grochowsky broke a 2-2 deadlock and improved to 10-1 by defeating freshman Robert Davis, 6-2, in the 165-pound bout.

The 22-point outcome was the most lopsided Raider win in the six-year rivalry against the West Region rival Oaks (1-1).

We wrestled pretty well in what was a tighter dual than the final score indicated, Raider coach Mike Ritchey said.

The Raiders complete their 2005 slate today at the 28-team Reno Tournament of Champions.

TEAM SCORE ' Southern Oregon 22, Embry-Riddle 14.

125

' Richard Byrd, ER, dec. Trevor Lofstedt, 4-2; 133

' Barry Johnson, SOU, dec. Micaiah Watkins, 8-3; 141

' Matt Holt, SOU, dec. Jason Mendez, 4-2; 149

' Joey Jannsen, SOU, dec. Gordo Villaescusa, 10-5; 157

' Hayden Harrison, ER, dec. Jimmy Ulrey, 19-16.

165

' Jimmy Grochowsky, SOU, dec. Calvin DeVault, 9-7; 174

' David O'Brien, SOU, major dec. Nick Walden, 8-0; 184

' Rick Story, SOU, pinned Danny Eller, 2:02; 197

' Joffre Lander, ER, major dec. Abe Ewing, 17-7; 285

' Robert Charlton, ER, major dec. Kyle Simmons, 13-0.

TEAM SCORE ' Southern Oregon 33, Menlo 11.

125

' Trevor Lofstedt, SO, pinned Mike Rodrigues, 4:58; 133 '

Pablo Sanchez, M, dec. Barry Johnson, 17-4; 141

' Matt Holt, SO, dec. Juan Roman, 2-1; 149

' Joe Garcia, M, dec. Joey Jannsen, 11-3; 157

' Jimmy Ulrey, SO, dec. Kyle Bickford, 8-7.

165

' Jimmy Grochowsky, SO, dec. Robert Davis, 6-2; 174

' David O'Brien, SO, pinned Jess Vazquez, 5:48; 184

' Rick Story, pinned. Addison Chipoletti, 2:44; 197

' Abe Ewing, SO, default Gary Nelson; 285

' Ben Flores, M, dec. Taylor Wilkerson, 9-3.