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Southern Oregon claims team title at West Regionals

ATHERTON, Calif. — The fifth-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team scored the school's first-ever team championship at the NAIA West Regionals Saturday at Menlo College.

Southern Oregon finished with 151 team points, while fourth-ranked Great Falls was runner-up with 125.5 points.

SOU head coach Mike Ritchey was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Coach.

"I was a little worried going in whether we would be flat or not," said Ritchey. "But the kids have worked hard all year long to get to this point and they were hungry and got after it. They wrestled smart and I'm proud of how aggressive they were."

The Raiders placed seven of its 12 entrants in the finals.

Senior Trevor Lofstedt (133), junior Barry Johnson (141), senior Seth Roy (149), and senior Chase Locke (197) all won championships.

Trevor Lofstedt, the tournament's most outstanding wrestler, got the Raiders on the board in the finals with quick 2:42 pin of Montana State-Northern's Colt Heger. Heger upset fifth-ranked Chauncey Phillips of Cal Baptist earlier in the day. Lofstedt's pin the finals was his second-straight pin, following a pin of Ryn Luu in the semis.

"Trevor's a gamer," Ritchey said. "He's managed his injuries well this year and you could tell he was waiting to get to this point. I figured he'd be ready. I told him to go out and do his thing and he did. It was a great performance, I'm proud of him."

Johnson followed Lofstedt's performance with a 7-3 victory over Cal Baptist's Ethan Hall. Johnson, ranked second in the NAIA, outscored his three foes 31-5 in the tournament.

Roy made it three championships in a row for the Raiders with a 3-1 overtime victory over Montana State-Northern's Jack Goodrich.

Locke had the final championship for the Raiders with a 7-0 victory over Embry-Riddle's Ryan Van Doren.

Freshman Mitchell Lofstedt (125), red-shirt freshman Tommie Hooper (157) and junior John Bates (heavyweight) all finished second.

Third-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt fell to top-ranked Corey Borges 19-3 in championship match, while sixth-ranked Hooper dropped a 7-2 decision to third-ranked Rosh Mosher of Great Falls. Top-ranked Bates fell 2-1 to second-ranked Arjan Bhullar of Simon Fraser.

SOU will now take 12 wrestlers to the NAIA National Championships, March 5-7.

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 76, CONCORDIA 72 — At Portland, a night after having their 12-game winning streak snapped at Corban, 19th-ranked Southern Oregon University used a big first half to knock off eighth-ranked Concordia in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Raiders (24-5, 16-4 CCC) enter the Cascade Conference as the No. 3 seed and will host Corban Tuesday night at McNeal Pavilion. The two teams split their previous two match-ups this season.

Junior Jacki Speer recorded her 20th double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 rebounds fo the Raiders. Senior Rhiannon Dickison had 22 points and four 3-pointers with junior Whitney Scott pitching in 11 points and four assists.

Rebecca Gimeno had 17 points for the Cavaliers (25-3, 18-2 CCC).

After a slow start, the Raiders got rolling behind Speer and Dickison. Speer finished the first half with 18 points and an 8-for-10 effort from the free throw line, while Dickison had 12 points and three 3-pointers. The duo combined to score the final 14 points of the half for the Raiders as they led 45-28.

Concordia opened the second half on a 17-2 to run to cut the lead to 47-45 with 12:56 to play.

The Cavs ended up tying the game 68-all on a free throw by Angela Gimeno with 2:54 to play, but the Raiders reclaimed the lead for good with a jumper from Scott.

Men's Basketball

CONCORDIA 80, SOUTHERN OREGON 71 — At Portland, the Southern Oregon men's basketball team fell at Concordia, but still managed to wrap up a playoff spot for the first time since 2006-07.

Southern Oregon finishes the regular season 9-20 overall and 7-13 in Cascade Conference play. Concordia finishes 10-20 overall and 4-16 in conference.

The Raiders (9-20, 7-13 Cascade Conference), Corban and Northwest all finished with 7-13 conference records and tied for the seventh and eighth playoff spots. Thanks to a tiebreaker, the Raiders will go to the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Raiders travel to Eastern Oregon Wednesday night.

SOU managed tied the score at 63-all with 6:17 remaining, but Concordia's Steven Vaughn nailed a momentum-shifting 3-pointer, helping his team pull away.

Austin Wolfer led SOU with 20 points. Jarrad Childs finished with 19 points, while Josh McDermott added 12 and Armani Jackson came off the bench for 11.

Vaughn led all scorers with 23 points.