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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU takes third at National Duals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following a semifinal setback, the No. 3-ranked Southern Oregon women’s wrestling team rebounded with a 27-17 win over No. 5 Grand View (Iowa) to capture third place Friday in the NAIA division of the U.S. Marine Corps/NWCA National Dual Meet Championships.

The Raiders defeated three NAIA Top 20 teams in two days at the tournament. Their 28-15 loss to No. 2-ranked and eventual champion Life (Ga.) in the semifinal round was their first of the season. Their dual record went to 7-1.

They got back in the win column by claiming the first four matches against GVU. Emma Baertelin opened with a technical-fall shutout over Emma Cochran at 101, Valeree Ornelas followed with a second-round pin of Chloe Krebsbach at 109, and Tara Othman (116) and Carolina Johnson (123) added back-to-back wins by decision.

The Raiders went on to bank three more technical falls: Julissa Taitano (136) over Leilani Rodriguez, Sienna Ramirez (155) over Madison Diaz, and Karrah Smith (191) over Grace Brown.

Baertlein’s tech — which capped a perfect tournament — marked a major upset over Cochran, the No. 5-ranked 101-pounder in the NAIA. Johnson’s victim at 123, Turner, was ranked No. 6.

Against Life, Emily Se won by fall at 143 and Ramirez by decision at 155. Baertlein took a forfeit at 101.

SOU had never finished higher than eighth place at the tournament prior to this appearance.

Men’s Basketball

SOU 84, WALLA WALLA (WASH.) 78: At Ashland, Southern Oregon kept its win streak alive with a late-game comeback over last-place Walla Walla (Wash.).

The Raiders jumped out to a 15-point lead early, fell behind 57-44 with 13 minutes left, and caught fire with 40 points the rest of the way to fend off the Wolves’ upset bid.

They’ve won four in a row, going to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in the Cascade Conference. They’ll get another win Saturday courtesy of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)’s forfeit due to COVID-19 issues.

Josh Meyer went for 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, scoring 15 in the second half. His bucket inside set up by Tez Allen’s dish put the Raiders up for good at 74-73 with 1:47 left, and Atmar Mundu padded the lead with a jumper off the dribble on their next possession.

Mundu finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting and three assists. Allen had 11 points, six assists and four rebounds. Jake Virga sunk a couple key buckets during the comeback and wrapped with nine points and three assists.

After the Raiders fell behind by 13, Allen sparked them by making back-to-back jumpers. When the Wolves stretched their edge back to 10, he and Virga bookended an 8-0 run with 3-pointers.

The lead changed hands five times in the final four minutes.

Women’s Basketball

SOU 64, WALLA WALLA (WASH.) 40: At Ashland, Southern Oregon will get out of the weekend having played just a quarter and a half of stressful basketball after pulling away from Walla Walla (Wash.) at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

The first-place Raiders’ victory over the Wolves bumped them to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in the Cascade Conference. They’ll add another win to their record Saturday courtesy of a forfeit by Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), which entered the week in a tie for first but will absorb a pair of losses due to COVID-19 issues that arose prior to its scheduled game Friday at Oregon Tech.

WWU, which dressed just six players, dropped to 1-14 and 0-8.

Kami Walk had 15 points and seven rebounds and Syd’Nee Fryer logged 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Raiders. Dominique Harding and Brianna Phiakhamngon both scored 11, and Phiakhamngon added four assists and three steals.

Kenadee Honaker came up with five steals, helping the Raiders force 31 more turnovers.

After falling behind 21-16 through 13 minutes, SOU rode a 20-2 run into halftime and opened the third quarter with a 12-1 spurt.

Walk tallied 15 of her points in the second and third frames. Mallory Heard scored all eight of hers in the third, knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Raiders improved to 8-0 at home. They’re unbeaten in 12 all-time meetings with the Wolves.