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Johnson takes third for SOU wrestling team


Barry Johnson had a big day for the Southern Oregon University wrestling team in the final day of the NAIA National Championships Saturday at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.

Johnson, a redshirt sophomore from Dayton, regrouped to win the 141-pound consolation finals with two victories on the day. Raider junior Trevor Lofstedt of Roseburg overcame a rib injury suffered on Friday to pull out a fifth-place finish. Heavyweight Marcus Moore also garnered fifth place, while Medford's Jimmy Ulrey placed eighth at 165.

"We had a good day today," said Southern Oregon coach Mike Ritchey. "Our four guys remaining in the tournament wrestled well. It is something to build on for next year."

The Raiders, who won their last championship in 2001, repeated an 11th place finish from a year before. Lindenwood of St. Charles, Mo., captured its second consecutive national title.

Johnson gained a third-place finish at the meet with a 15-8 decision against defending national champion Zach Flake of Campbellsville, then captured the bronze with a 9-3 triumph over Missouri Valley's Eric Graham.

"(Johnson) is a gamer and rose to the occasion," said Ritchey. "He got after people. I always knew he had it in him. I expect good things out of him in the future."

Lofstedt (133) turned in a courageous effort to garner his third All-American finish. Lofstedt had to default in the first period of his opening match of the day against McKendree's Aaron Winning. Ritchey thought about pulling Lofstedt out of the fifth-place match against Embry Riddle's Franky Villaescusa, but Lofstedt wanted an opportunity to wrestle.

Lofstedt responded with a strategic 2-1 victory by receiving one point for riding time after the match ended 1-1.

"It was a herculean effort to come back," said Ritchey. "He had to push through some serious pain. I'm more proud of his fifth this year than his fourth last year because of what he did. It was a huge character builder."

Moore had to overcome a knee injury to pin Lance Shunia of Lindenwood in 4:11 after dropping a 7-5 decision to William Penn's Jordan Wall to open the day.

Ulrey suffered a disappointing overtime loss to McKendree's Aaron Winning to place eighth. Ulrey led by two points with 15 seconds remaining in regulation but was taken down on the edge of the mat to send the match into overtime. In extra time, Winning was able to ride out Ulrey to win the match after taking a 6-5 lead with an escape.


Lindenwood 130, McKendree 109.5, Dickinson State 107.5, Great Falls 101, Missouri Valley 85.5, Dana 91.5, Menlo 78.5, Embry-Riddle 75.5, MSU-Northern 75, Oklahoma City 69.5, Southern Oregon 66.5, Morningside 54.5, Notre Dame 51.5, Campbellsville 51, William Penn 47, Missouri Baptist 45, Northwestern 36.5, Cumberlands 36, Cumberland 22.5, Briar Cliff 23.5, King 20, Hastings 19.5, Dakota Wesleyan 18, Jamestown 11, Waldorf 8.5, Bacone 4.5, York 4, Sioux Falls 2.5.

Track and Field

At Chico, Calif., Southern Oregon's Ryan Musselman and Kevin Jeffers recorded qualifying marks for the NAIA national meet during Saturday's Wildcat Relays at Chico State University.

Musselman, a senior from Hidden Valley High, won the pole vault with a jump of 16 feet, 3/4-inch. Jeffers finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with time of 9:22.72.

Alex Waroff of Rogue River placed seventh for the Raiders with a season-best long jump mark of 21-11/2.

In women's action, SOU's Breanne Cochran won the discus with a throw of 136-5. Another top performance for the Raiders was Jamie Wells' third-place effort in the pole vault (10-6).

Women's Tennis

Southern Oregon University shutout Shasta College 9-0 in the Raiders' first home match of the year Saturday.

Katie Ross, playing in No. — singles and No. — doubles, swept both matches without losing a game. Becca Weicher teamed with Ross in doubles for the Raiders (7-2).


Katie Ross, SOU, d. Reagan Miller, 6-0, 6-0; Heidi Chiles, SOU, d. Kristin Buist, 6-3, 6-4; Mallory Byers, SOU, d. Melissa Buist, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4; Becca Weicher, SOU, d. Lisa Mauck, 6-0, 7-5; Rachael Malapit, SOU, d. Molly Scott, 6-0, 6-2; Jennifer Voth, SOU, d. Kayte Laam, 6-2, 6-4.


Ross-Weicher, SOU, d. K. Buist-M. Buist, 8-0; Erin Bruni-Charlotte Duren, SOU, d. Miller-Mauck, 8-5; Byers-Voth, SOU, d. Scott-Laam, 8-5.