Phoenix takes down Illinois Valley
PHOENIX — The third-ranked Phoenix wrestling team defeated No. 2-ranked Illinois Valley 48-31 in a battle of Skyline Conference heavyweights on Wednesday.
Freshman Riley Dodd earned a key pin at 119 pounds and Justin Adams (130), Ryan Tourville (135), Luke Amuchastegui (152), Emmet Hettum (160) and Alex Machado (189) also had pins.
"We beat them, but they weren't at full strength," Phoenix coach John Farmer said. "They left a kid or two behind. Still, we came out and wrestled tough. It's still good to knock them off. They've beaten us up a couple of years. It's nice to get one."
Farmer said the "biggest match of the night" was between Illinois Valley's Sam Winter, a returning state champion, and Phoenix freshman Eliazer Deluca at 140. Deluca trailed Winter by just three points before attempting a risky move that backfired late in the match. Winter won 8-0.
"It was a real good match," Farmer said. "He tried to go for the win. He didn't get it, but he wasn't satisfied with a close match. I like that attitude."
Machado wrestled for the first time at 189 and pined Jarred Houston in 47 seconds while Tourville, the other senior captain along with Machado, pinned Matt Coultas in 2:28.
Dodd pinned Tyler Delaney in 4:48.
"He was very tough and relentless," Farmer said of Dodd. "It would have been a much closer match if he would not have done that."
The always steady Amuchastegui pinned Matt Nolan in 2:52 and Hettum took down Gavin Hart in 1:49. Adams, a sophomore, continued his steady improvement by pinning Luke Harris in 1:07.
"He's been getting better and better," Farmer said. "He's going to be someone to deal with at the end of the season."
Jesse Orndoff (103), Chris Culver (112) and Lance Tausaga (215) had pins for Illinois Valley.
Both teams will compete in Eureka, Calif. tournament this weekend.
Phoenix 48, Illinois Valley 31
103 — Jesse Orndoff, IV, pinned Nick Renfro :51; 112 — Chris Culver, IV, pinned Caleb Glanz 1:45; 119 — Riley Dodd, Phx, pinned Tyler Delaney 4:48; 125 — John Anderson, IV, won by forfeit; 130 — Justin Adams, Phx, pinned Luke Harris 1:07; 135 — Ryan Tourville, Phx, pinned Matt Coultas 2:28; 140 — Sam Winter, IV, maj. dec. Eliazer Deluca 8-0.
145 — Robert Amstutz, Phx, won by forfeit; 152 — Luke Amuchastegui, Phx, pinned Matt Nolan 2:52; *160 — Emmet Hettum, Phx, pinned Gavin Hart 1:49; 171 — Landy Wells, IV dec Josh Warden 8-7; 189 — Alex Machado, Phx, pinned Jarred Houston :47; 215 — Lance Tausaga, IV, pinned Brad Davis 1:35; 285 — James Humphries, Phx, won by forfeit
* — Starting weight
NORTH MEDFORD 3, KLAMATH FALLS 1 — Alan Evans had a goal and an assist for North Medford at the RRRink.
Unassisted goals by Alex Huff and Evans gave the Black Tornado a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Klamath Falls' Aaron Bellini scored in the second period on an assist from Sam Waldren, and North Medford's Jared McClure scored off a pass from Evans with 15 seconds to play in the second period.
Klamath Falls goalkeeper Zahlen Zbinder had 42 saves and Chase Myers had 14 for North Medford.
Klamath Falls 0 1 0 — 1
North Medford 2 1 0 — 3
ASHLAND 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 1 — Casey Skolnik had four goals — two of them in shorthanded situations — and Ashland improved to 7-0 with the win at the RRRink.
Ashland's Keegan Healy also had a shorthanded goal. Sam Taylor scored Ashland's other goal on an assist from Trevor Perry.
Tre Buchanan had South Medford's only goal, which tied the match 1-1 in the second period before two straight goals from Skolnik.
Ashland goalkeeper Gabe Dean saved 13 of 14 shots and South Medford's Brandon Andrews denied 19 shots.
Ashland 1 3 2 — 6
South Medford 0 1 0 — 1