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Southern Oregon grapplers take fifth

Wire reports

The Southern Oregon University wrestling team capped an overachieving trip to Iowa Sunday by capturing the consolation championship at the 16-team Cliff Keen NAIA National Duals competition in Cedar Falls.

The NAIA seventh-ranked Raiders finished the two-day affair with a 4-1 mark and claimed the fifth-place dual by demolishing defending West Region champion and fifth-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) by a 29-6 count.

SOU won eight of the 10 bouts, including sophomore Taylor &

s 3-2 upset of fourth-ranked heavyweight Robert Charlton that capped the Ashland school&

s second head-to-head win of the season against the Eagles.

Senior James Mannenbach, an Eagle Point product, registered a pin in the 165-pound clash.

The Raiders also defeated the Prescott, Ariz. outfit 22-14 on Dec. 17.

, second-ranked Jimmy Grochowsky (165/174) and sixth-ranked Rick Story (184) led Southern with 4-1 individual records at the event.

— — — Mannenbach

Now 9-3 overall, Southern Oregon can run its national-record consecutive winning season streak to 36 on Thursday at McNeal Pavilion against eighth-ranked Menlo College. The dual begins at 7 p.m.

Sixth-ranked Cumberlands, Ky. defeated No. 4 Dana, Neb. for the National Duals championship.

Complete results are available at www.intermatwrestle.com.

Southern Oregon 29, Embry-Riddle 6

125 &

Richard Byrd (ER) dec. Trevor Lofstedt, 5-1

133 &

Barry Johnson (SOU) dec. Micaiah Watkins, 6-3

141 &

Matt Holt (SOU) dec. Jason Mendez, 3-2

149 &

Joey Jannsen (SOU) dec. Franky Villeascusa, 12-10

157 &

Jimmy Ulrey (SOU) dec. Eli Arismendez, 11-8

165 &

James Mannenbach (SOU) pinned Hayden Harrison, 2:12

174 &

Jimmy Grochowsky (SOU) dec. Calvin DeVault, 7-2

184 &

Rick Story (SOU) tech. fall Nick Walden, 21-6 (4:43)

197 &

Joffre Lander (ER) dec. Abe Ewing, 9-2

285 &

Taylor (SOU) dec. Robert Charlton, 3-2