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Eagles favored in Rogue Valley tourney

It hasn't taken Kacey McNulty long to re-establish Eagle Point's status as one of the top high school wrestling programs in Oregon.

The Eagles, 7-0 in dual meets and twice a tournament champion this season, will wear the favorite's tag at today's Rogue Valley Championships at North Medford High.

The annual tournament, which features most of the area's wrestling teams, kicks off at 9 a.m. Championship finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

This is a chance for us to see how we stack up against the other teams in our district, says McNulty, who took over the Eagle Point program last year. This is one of the few tournaments where you put both your varsity and JV kids on the mat, which is the format used at district.

Other squads in the tourney include North Medford, South Medford, Grants Pass, Phoenix, Illinois Valley, Hidden Valley, North Valley and Rogue River.

— A notable absentee is Crater, which is competing at a tournament in Hawaii.

Eagle Point's most impressive accomplishment so far this season came earlier this month in Reno, when the Eagles finished 11th out of 94 teams at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

That's Eagle Point's highest finish ever at that tournament, McNulty says.

The Eagles are led by 171-pound Chris Platt, who has won 20 of 22 matches and finished second at Reno, knocking off the No. 2-, No. 3- and No. 4-ranked California wrestlers along the way.

Jake McCoy is also off to a fast start. He's 16-2 and took third at Reno.

Platt and McCoy are among the top-seeded wrestlers Eagle Point will put on the mat today. Others are Spencer Doran (103), Randy Pershall (125), Robbie Mannenbach (135), Ricky Fletes (145) and Josh Smith (189).

Heavyweight Tyler Cam will make his season debut for the Eagles today after just recently making weight in the 275-pound division.

We're happy to have Tyler back, McNulty says. He's definitely going to help us.

Jon Ulrey (135) and Tim Endecott (275) enter the tourney as top seeds for North Medford, while Juan Aguilar (119) carries a top seed for South Medford.

Reach reporter Don Hunt at 776-4469, or e-mail Eagles favored in Rogue Valley tourney"dhunt@mailtribune.com.