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Raiders keep streak alive

Southern Oregon University wrestling coach Mike Ritchey didn't want the Raiders' consecutive winning seasons streak to be on the line on the last day of the regular season, Feb. 16 against always tough Menlo.

His team quickly nixed that possibility Thursday by flattening visiting Pacific University 43-9 to secure SOU's 38th consecutive winning season, an ongoing NAIA record that has come to define Southern Oregon wrestling.

"This year, it's pretty important," Ritchey said. "If we lose this one, it tightens things up. It was a tough season as far as the teams we competed against. It's nice to get that over with and now we can focus on the important stuff."

The Raiders overpowered the Boxers from the start, winning the first four matches on three pins and a technical fall following a forfeit at 125. SOU finished with five pins, including Kyle Temple's 23-second victory over Chad Asato at 157.

In what turned out to be by far the most competitive match of the night, Southern Oregon senior Jimmy Ulrey, the nation's seventh-ranked 165-pounder, overcame a 9-6 third-round deficit to beat Bryson Vivas 12-10 in overtime.

Ulrey earned a takedown with 1:10 to go in regulation and another with 32 seconds to go, the latter capitalizing on a desperation shot at Vivas' legs that knotted the score at 10. In the 1-minute, first-score-wins extra session, Ulrey ensnared Vivas 20 seconds in.

"(Ulrey) kind of wrestled silly at first, but to come back, that's the stuff you have to do be successful," Ritchey said. "Sometimes bad things happen. Do you lose your composure, get down because you got embarrassed? No, you suck it up and come back. I thought he showed a lot of maturity there."

The rest of the matches were either pins or one-sided decisions. Southern Oregon heavyweight Skylar Massey capped the night with a pin of Jordan Branson. SOU clinched the team win well before Branson's pin, however, and when athletic director Dennis Francois made that announcement it drew one of the loudest ovations of the night.

Southern will be back on the mat Saturday at the Boxer Open in Forest Grove. The Raiders next dual meet is Feb. 7 at Pacific.

Southern Oregon 43, Pacific 9

125 &

Ryan Kurodo (PAC) won by Forfeit

133 &

Trevor Lofstedt (SOU) won by fall (2:16) Justin Phelps

141 &

Joey Jannsen (SOU) won by fall (5:30) Zach Rousslang

149 &

Seth Roy (SOU) won by tech fall (26-11) Kody Kramer

157 &

Kyle Temple (SOU) won by fall (:30) Chad Asato

165 &

Jimmy Ulrey (SOU) won by dec (12-10 OT) Bryson Vivas

174 &

Jason Appleton (SOU) won by fall (5:52) Marshall Cook

184 &

Mike Leslie (SOU) won by Forfeit

197 &

Nick Locke (PU) won by dec (10-3) Kyle Simmons

285 &

Skylar Massey (SOU) won by fall (3:40) Jordan Branson