Raiders ranked No. 1 in final NAIA poll
ASHLAND — In a season that saw the Southern Oregon wrestling team keep winning, yet slide up and down the NAIA Top 20 poll, the Raiders finally landed at No. 1 in the final poll that was released late Tuesday.
The Raiders (18-1) received 81 points to replace defending national champion Lindenwood at the top spot. Lindenwood is second.
SOU claimed the team title at last weekend's NAIA West Regionals and will take part in the NAIA Championship Tournament March 5-7.
The Raiders have eight wrestlers ranked in the final rankings.
Barry Johnson jumped from second to first this week at 141 pounds, while heavyweight John Bates slipped from No. 1 to No. 2.
Other ranked Raiders include Mitchell Lofstedt (second, 125), Seth Roy (third, 149), Trevor Lofstedt (fourth, 133), Tommie Hooper (fourth, 157), Chris Platt (fifth, 184) and Chase Locke (seventh, 197).
RAIDERS LOSE TWO — Southern Oregon committed nine errors as Concordia (Calif.) swept the Raiders, 14-3 and 7-1, at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Concordia, which received votes in the Preseason Top 25 poll, improved to 14-4 with the victories. Southern Oregon fell to 1-3 on the season.
Both teams will take part in the SOU Raider Invitational today and Saturday in Medford. SOU will also host Simpson Sunday in Medford.
The two teams looked like they were ready for a pitchers dual in the opener. An RBI double by freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz tied the game at 1-1 after the first inning and Concordia led 2-1 before blowing open the game in the third inning.
A pair of SOU errors led to a three-run home run and the Eagles added a two-run shot en route to six runs in the frame and an 8-1 lead after three innings.
The Eagles added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and claimed a 10-run-rule shorten 14-3 victory after five innings.
Strohm Fouty and Ricci Coultas both had two hits for the Raiders in the opener.
The Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, scoring in the first as Fouty singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fielders choice and scored on Kathryn Moy's ground out.
Concordia answered in the third and it was tied until Concordia exploded again in the fifth inning.