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Former South Medford wrestler to be honored

Les Gutches, a three-time Oregon high school champion for South Medford, will be one of eight former Oregon State wrestlers honored in a banner-raising ceremony in Gill Coliseum on Sunday.

Gutches, who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last summer, became the first wrestler in the U.S. to claim national championships in all five recognized levels during his career. He won the 1997 World Championship and finished seventh in the 1996 Olympics.

A three-time Pac-10 champion, Gutches, who graduated from Oregon State in 1996, had a career record of 134-10, which is fourth-best in school history for winning percentage.

The ceremony will be during a three-way dual meet between Oregon State, Wisconsin and Boise State. The meet is designed to raise money for the Wrestling Endowment Fund.

Reserved tickets for Crater's second-round game in the Class 5A state football playoffs will be on sale from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school athletic office. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The Comets host Hermiston at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dutch Meyer Field.

Gates open at 6 p.m.

Season-ticket holders can purchase the same seats. Other reserved seating will be available to the public.

U.S. Cellular Community Park will be the site of the Fred Meyer President's Cup semifinal and championship games Saturday and Sunday for the U-11 through U-14 divisions.

Games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Champions in the U-13 and U-14 classes advance to regionals in June, also at U.S. Cellular.