RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women rally to down Corban
SALEM — The Southern Oregon University women’s basketball team rallied from a six-point deficit with a little more than five minutes to play and defeated Corban, 56-52, Saturday in Cascade Collegiate Conference action.
Izzy Hernandez, Bryanna Raff and Sydnee Fryer each scored baskets over a 1:50 span to pull the Raiders into a 50-50 tie.
A free throw by Kalei Iwami and another basket in the key by Fryer gave SOU the lead for good.
Danasia Allison’s close-in shot and a free throw by Fryer finished the scoring for the Raiders, who improved to 16-8, 12-5 in the conference.
Corban is 14-10 and 10-6.
Delaney Sparling led the SOU with 12 points in only 17 minutes. Fryer scored nine and added 12 rebounds.
MCKENDREE INVITE: Six Southern Oregon University women’s wrestlers posted top-six finishes at the McKendree Bearcat Invitational, led by finalists Sienna Ramirez and Macie Stewart inside the Melvin Price Convention Center.
Ramirez advanced to the championship match at 143 pounds, where she is currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, and the 11th-ranked Stewart was the runner-up at 109 pounds.
Fifth-ranked Tara Othamn placed fifth at 116, fourth-ranked Gladdys Palma was fifth at 155, Glory Konecny took sixth at 123 and sixth-ranked Olivia Pizano added a sixth-place finish at 155.
Ramirez breezed through her first three matches and collected bonus points in each, winning by 10-0 technical fall over Nancy Becerra, by second-round pin against Simon Fraser’s Sara Brinkac and by 10-0 technical fall over Missouri Valley’s Brooke-Lynn Rush. She was pinned 1:17 into the championship by McKendree’s Alara Boyd.
Stewart had the most dominant run of the day, needing just 3:05 combined to pin her first three opponents — McKendree’s Valerie Carreon, Simon Fraser’s Alexia Seal and McKendree’s Natalie Reyna. Simon Fraser’s Ciara McCrae took the 109 title, pinning Stewart in 1:16.
Palma and Pizano met in the 155 fifth-place match, where Palma took a 2-1 decision. Palma had reached the semifinals earlier with a technical fall and a decision, while Pizano rallied with a decision and three technical falls to stay alive after dropping her first match of the day.
Othman also lost her opening match before going 4-1 with two technical falls and a pin on her way to the fifth-place match, where she scored an 8-2 win over Lindenwood’s Angelique Terrones-Cruz. Konecny got into the semifinals with a first-round pin over Missouri Valley’s Gabrielle Grimes before being sent to the consolation bracket, where she earned back-to-back technical falls and lost her last two matches.
The fourth-ranked Raiders will return to action Feb. 17, when they’ll work on their 7-1 dual record at second-ranked Menlo (Calif.).
EOU 29, SOU 12: The 18th-ranked Eastern Oregon men's wrestling team took the last six matches of the night to claim a 29-12 Cascade Conference dual win over Southern Oregon on Saturday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The Mountaineers rounded out their lineup with four consecutive NAIA top-18 ranked wrestlers and three of them registered bonus points. Their record went to 10-3, while the Raiders finished their dual slate at 5-8.
After SOU 125-pounder Lorenzo Vasquez received a forfeit to start the matchup, the Raiders got wins from 13th-ranked Justin Coon at 133, 10-5 over Monte Zufelt, and 149-pounder Layn Pannkuk, 6-3 over Jared Brant.
The SOU lead was 12-4 at that point before EOU took over. Jesse Camacho (157) took the Mountaineers into the intermission with a 10-4 decision against Matt Peterson, and John Bittinger (165) came out of it with a 13-5 major decision against Noah Talavera.
Then the ranked quartet finished the Raiders off, starting with No. 7 Keegan Mulhill's third-round technical fall over Tanner Sallee at 174 and No. 11 Marco Retano's first-round pin of Josh Hammers at 184 that made it 22-12. Ryan Redford, EOU's No. 15 197-pounder, clinched the win with a 7-4 win against Cylus Hoke, and No. 18 Noel Orozco punctuated it with a 10-1 major decision against Ismael De La Torre Jr. at heavyweight.
Coon improved to 8-1 in dual action and Pannkuk got his 10th overall win for the Raiders.
EOU has defeated SOU in three straight matchups