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Tornado opens strong, pins Eagles

EAGLE POINT — Heading into Thursday's season-opening wrestling match, North Medford coach Nolan Harris stressed to his team to "make it exciting" against Eagle Point.

The Black Tornado took those words to heart and exceeded expectations with a 40-27 victory over the Eagles on their home mat.

"I thought they wrestled really well, especially for the first match of the season," said Eagle Point coach Kacey McNulty of the Tornado. "They were in better shape, they outperformed us and they outcompeted us."

North Medford prevailed in nine of the 14 weight classes to earn a rare triumph over the Eagles.

"I think it's still early in the season and we still need to fine-tune a lot of things," said Harris, "but they're competing, and that's the biggest thing you can do at any time of the season is step on the mat and give it your all."

That was especially true in one of the marquee matches of the night, with North Medford's Mark Dickison edging Steven Josephson 7-5 at 171 pounds. Both were state qualifiers last season, with Josephson placing sixth at 160.

Josephson went ahead early but Dickison took advantage of a couple penalty points and a late reversal to earn the victory.

"That was a key match for us," added Harris. "Mark Dickison is a tough kid, and he was wrestling in the state tourney with a broken wrist so he's kind of off the radar. He just has no quit in him and no matter how down or ahead he is he's going to keep coming."

Ammon Ebert pulled out another close victory for North at 140, shrugging off a reversal by Trent Kaiser with about five seconds left with a reversal of his own in the final second to earn an 8-7 decision.

"Their kid had no quit and our kid had no quit," said Harris. "It was an exciting match to watch."

Eagle Point senior Daniel Soto picked up a nice win in his return to the mat with a pin of Chaz Shand in 5:47 at 135 pounds. Soto missed all of last season with an injury and was wrestling a weight up but still managed to take a 17-5 lead before earning the fall.

"I think we had some kids that were maybe overconfident," McNulty said of his team's effort. "As a coaching staff we weren't overconfident. We knew that North Medford is an up-and-coming program and we had to compete, but I don't think our kids knew that."

TEAM SCORE — North Medford 40, Eagle Point 27.

103 — Aaron Lorenz, EP, dec. Chris McFall, 10-4; 112 — Edgar Cox, NM, pinned Gordon Downing, 3:58; 119 — Jesse Ledbetter, NM, dec. Mario Barajas, 20-14; *125 — Kohl Damon, NM, pinned Glen Brammer, 3:30; 130 — Ben Zomerdyk, EP, pinned Dylan Sites, :52.

135 — Daniel Soto, EP, pinned Chaz Shand, 5:47; 140 — Ammon Ebert, NM, dec. Trent Kaiser, 8-7; 145 — Jake Gallo, EP, pinned Zach Willits, 3:26; 152 — Ryan Mahoney, NM, pinned Chris Wilson, 3:53.

160 — Cory Haggans, NM, dec. Josh Winter, 8-7; 171 — Mark Dickison, NM, dec. Steven Josephson, 7-5; 189 — Kody Bonham, NM, major dec. Taylor Marasco, 14-6; 215 — Nik Beiter, EP, pinned Myles Converse, 5:10; 275 — Robert Ross, NM, pinned Manuel Baldovinos, 1:28.

JV score — North Medford 48, Eagle Point 24.

* starting weight

MAZAMA 36, SOUTH MEDFORD 31 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama scored 12 points with a pin and a forfeit in the final two matches to overtake South Medford in the nonconference match.

South Medford got pins from Zach Snyder, Colter Therrell and Emmanuel Brown. Panthers Ken Hyland and Ken Veach had decisions.

*103 — no bout; 112 — no bout; 119 — Riley Smeltzer, M, pinned Gabriel McDermott, 1:01; 125 — Tanner Edick, M, won by forfeit; 130 — Brice Hatley, M, pinned Sierra Land, 5:05.

135 — Steven Lines, SM, won by forfeit; 140 — Zach Snyder, SM, pinned Kenny Johnson, 1:27; 145 — Colter Therrell, SM, pinned Tyler Garrard, :22; 152 — Evan Camidge, M, pinned Seth Burcalter, 2:58.

160 — Ken Hyland, SM, dec. Chris Jurief, 8-6; 171 — Ken Veach, SM, dec. Brett Henderson, 15-2; 189 — Emmanuel Brown, SM, pinned Justin Barnes, 1:43; 215 — Jeff Cox, M, pinned Wylie Brown, 2:30; 275 — Johnny Lehto, M, won by forfeit.

* starting weight

GRANTS PASS 44, CRATER 31 — At Grants Pass, sophomores Zack Paterson (112 pounds), Calvin Peters (152) and Jose Cruz (171) came up with key victories in swing matches to help Grants Pass win the nonconference opener for both teams.

Brock Gutches scored a 56-second pin at 160 over Justin Hoy to pace Crater, with Truman Winningham (103) and Dan Hill (130) also earning falls for the Comets.

*103 — Truman Winningham, Cra, pinned Ryan Gill, 2:55; 112 — Zack Paterson, GP, pinned Nick Smart, :58; 119 — Nathan Piader, GP, pinned Alec Galpin, 1:45; 125 — Skyler Prislac, Cra, major dec. Luke Collins, 15-7; 130 — Dan Hill, Cra, pinned Kyle Perry, 3:34.

135 — Alex Littlefair, GP, major dec. Brysen Winner, 14-4; 140 — Justin Eldred, GP, pinned Brandon Montague, 4:28; 145 — Dylan Fauver, GP, pinned Nick Ferris, 1:51; 152 — Calvin Peters, GP, pinned Cody Daniken, 1:33.

160 — Brock Gutches, Cra, pinned Justin Hoy, :56; 171 — Jose Cruz, GP, pinned Jeremiah Swing, 5:42; 189 — Gerald Jakabosky, Cra, dec. Elliot VanSyoc, 6-4; 215 — Michael Lutman, GP, major dec. Ricky Lokey, 11-3; 275 — Brandon Hesse, Cra, won by forfeit.

JV score — Grants Pass 66, Crater 13

* starting weight

Boys Basketball

ASHLAND 65, EUREKA 64 — At Redding, Calif., after Ashland post Talon Haggard was injured in the opening minutes, the Grizzlies received another scare in the waning moments only to hang on for a first-round victory in the Harlan Carter Tournament at Shasta High School.

The Grizzlies (1-1) will square off with against Pleasant Valley of Chico, Calif. in the second round of the three-day tournament at 7 tonight. They'll do so without Haggard, who dislocated a shoulder and returned home to be examined.

Eureka's Greg Allen, who scored 33 points and nailed five of his team's eight 3-pointers, got hot in the fourth and Ashland's 11-point lead began to unravel. But Garrett Tygerson and Adam Pavlich connected on key free throws in the final minutes to derail Eureka's comeback hopes.

Tygerson scored a team-high 16 points, Jordan Rusch added 15 and Charlie Sebrell contributed 10 for the Grizzlies.

ASHLAND (65) — Tygerson 16, Rusch 15, C. Sebrell 10, Amrheim 8, Pavlich 8, Costantino 6, Kendall 2, Haggard 0, Chasmar 0. Totals: 25 12-19 65.

EUREKA (64) — Allen 33, Hash 0, Coleman 6, Bernards 0, Olson 9, Susavilla 5, Hatch 0, Baker 0, Vinuku 0, Raymond 2, Jones 9. Totals: 25 3-4 64.

Ashland 15 14 16 20 — 65

Eureka 10 14 16 24 — 64

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Costantino 2, Sebrell 1), Eureka 8 (Allen 5, Olson 1, Coleman 1, Susavilla 1).

JV score — Ashland 55, Eureka 50.

CRATER 61, ROSELAND 18 — At Kelseyville, Calif., Crater cruised in the opening round of the Kelseyville Tournament against the Santa Rosa, Calif., school.

The Comets (2-0) face Pinewood High of Los Altos, Calif., today. It defeated host Kelseyville.

Josh Dalton scored 15 points and Sam Clark 10 for Crater.

ROSELAND (18) — Hernandez 3, Darels 0, Hale 1, Garcia 0, Nikkel 12, Orggan 2, Mergo 0. Totals: 7 3-6 18.

CRATER (62) — Lee 4, Robbins 9, Corcoran 6, Clark 10, Lokeno 8, Dalton 15, Reed 3, Ferris 2, Hicks 4, Mitchell 0. Totals: 26 4-8 62.

Roseland 0 3 9 6 — 18

Crater 8 17 25 11 — 61

3-point goals — Roseland 1 (Hernandez 1), Crater 5 (Corcoran 2, Clark 2, Reed 1).

KLAMATH UNION 78, NORTH VALLEY 47 — At Merlin, Klamath Union raced to a 25-7 first-quarter lead and cruised in the nonconference opener for North Valley.

Randy Denson scored 20 points to lead three Pelicans in double figures. Eric Chadderdon had 17 and Dean McLoughlin 10.

The Knights were led by Max Mobley, who scored 14, and Angel Granados, who had eight rebounds and three steals.

KLAMATH UNION (78) — Denson 20, Chadderdon 17, McLoughlin 10, Chavarria 9, Bartolomei 6, Kochenderfer 6, Al. Stork 5, Amos 2, Hemmingway 2, Bailey 1, Jackson 0, An. Stork 0. Totals: 26-63 22-31 78.

NORTH VALLEY (47) — Mobley 14, Nelson 7, Wert 6, Beagley 6, Woodruff 3, Granados 3, Tappan 3, Hart 3, Schwietert 2, Elsworth 0, Church 0. Totals: 16-49 12-17 47.

Klamath Union 25 10 21 22 — 78

North Valley 7 10 10 20 — 47

3-point goals — Klamath Union 4-17 (Denson 1, Chadderdon 2, Al. Stork 1), North Valley 3-15 (Nelson 1, Mobley 1, Woodruff 1).

JV score — Klamath Union 77, North Valley 52.

Girls Basketball

HENLEY 62, EAGLE POINT 46 — At Klamath Falls, Henley caught fire from 3-point range during a huge second quarter and overwhelmed Eagle Point in a nonconference affair.

The Hornets hit four of their five 3-pointers in the frame, outscoring Eagle Point 29-16 on their way to a 42-26 halftime advantage.

Erica Rasor had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (0-2), and Marissa O'Connor led them with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

EAGLE POINT (46) — Mellor 2, Mason 3, Hedrick 4, O'Connor 11, Baker 5, Wyatt 4, Dale 5, Winner 2, Rasor 10. Totals: 17 6-14 46.

HENLEY (62) — Poetsch 8, Matheson 14, Wallace 16, Kennedy 12, Waugh 2, Carleton 8, Webb 2, Doe 0, Castle 0. Totals: 24 9-21 62.

Eagle Point 10 16 11 9 — 46

Henley 13 29 11 9 — 62

3-point goals — Eagle Point 6 (O'Connor 3, Hedrick 1, Baker 1, Rasor 1), Henley 5 (Poesch 2, Carleton 2, Wallace 1). Fouled out — Webb.

JV score — Henley 57, Eagle Point 20.