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No. 7 Raiders fall to No. 5 MSU-Northern

SWEET HOME — Tyler Cowger was victorious in his homecoming, but fifth-ranked Montana State-Northern spoiled it by defeating No. 7 Southern Oregon in four of the last five matches for a 23-13 West Group win Thursday night at Sweet Home High.

The Raiders fell to 2-4 in duals. They later dropped an exhibition to Clackamas Community College, the sixth-ranked and 12-0 junior college powerhouse, by a score of 33-6.

Cowger, who starred at Sweet Home High and is the No. 2 149-pounder in the NAIA, ran his record to 14-0 and his dual winning streak to 19 in front of the home fans. He took a 6-1 decision against 16th-ranked Drake Randall and moved into a tie for sixth on SOU's career wins list with his 95th.

His effort followed Caleb Dix's 7-2 win over Dylan Lockwood at 133 pounds, and it preceded third-ranked Hunter Hodges' 12-5 handling of Tommy Cooper at 157. The Hodges win, which made him 15-1 this year, had the Raiders up 9-7. At 165, SOU's Aaron DeMay in his first action of the season nearly upset No. 10 Andrew Bartel but was held off, 1-0, and the Lights took over from there.

Andrew Orr, making his Raider debut at 174, was edged by Steeler French, 4-3. Then MSU-Northern's Ben Stroh, the top-ranked wrestler at 184 in the NAIA, pinned Max Hane to make it 19-9. Seventh-ranked Tanner Fischer (197) kept the Raiders alive with bonus points in a 10-0 win against Dace Fisher, but Lights heavyweight Taylor Kornoely — ranked second — scored a 12-3 major decision over Alejandro Sandoval to finish the job.

The Lights defeated SOU for the second year in a row. Their record stands at 7-2.

In the exhibition, SOU got its wins from Hane, who topped Andrew Tausch 4-2 at 184, and Fischer — who banked an impressive 4-2 victory against Haszell West, the fifth-ranked 197-pounder in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Former North Medford wrestler Dillon Ulrey of Clackamas pinned SOU's Aaron Demay in 3:47.

The Raiders are back in action Sunday, bringing 15 individuals to the Reno Tournament of Champions. Their next duals will be at the NWCA-NAIA National Duals, Jan. 5-6 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

UTAH VALLEY 17, OREGON STATE 16: At Orem, Utah, Oregon State lost when Utah Valley earned the decisive point by criteria.

The match was tied 16-16 after 10 bouts; both teams won five matches and neither had a fall. But the Wolverines (2-2) scored 78 total points to OSU’s (1-3) 72 and earned the bonus point to win by one point for the second straight year.

Senior 141-pounder Joey Palmer got OSU’s lone bonus points with a 23-11 major decision. Redshirt sophomore Kegan Calkins (125), freshman Devan Turner (133), junior Joey Delgado (149) and heavyweight Cody Crawford all won by decision.