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Locals thrive at tourney

COTTAGE GROVE — Illinois Valley placed second and North Medford third at the 31-team Cottage Grove Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

South Umpqua won the team title with 156 points.

Illinois Valley, which finished with 146 points, sent four wrestlers into the finals. Jesse Orndoff (103), Quayde Fisher (135) and Lance Tausaga (215) each won titles for the Cougars. Sam Winter finished second at 140.

Orndoff earned an 11-2 decision over Philomath's Blake Woosley, Fisher won 9-7 over South Umpqua's Bruce Balcita and Tausaga won 3-2 against Grant Thompson of Cottage Grove.

Winter dropped a 6-5 decision to Churchill's Zac Brunson.

John Anderson (125) and Matt Coultas (145) earned third-place finishes for Illinois Valley, while Jerrad Houston took fifth at 189.

Ryan Mahoney, a 145-pounder, was North Medford's only title winner after pinning Churchill's Will Bales in 1:32. Mahoney was also awarded the Gorrorian Award for the most falls in the least amount of time.

Mark Dickison finished second at 171. He fell to Reedsport's Cesar Lira 14-6.

Kade Peden (160) and Kody Bonham (189) placed third for the Black Tornado, while Cory Haggans (152) and Robert Ross (285) tied for third as some wrestlers reached match limits for the day.

The Black Tornado finished with 134.5 team points.

Grants Pass finished seventh with 108.5 points behind a first-place finish from 130-pounder Justin Eldred. He defeated Drew Erickson from Pleasant Hill 10-2. Luke Collins (119) and Dylan Fauver (140) took third for the Cavemen.

South Medford finished 18th with 37 points. The Panthers' top finishers were Steven Lines and Sierra Land, who each placed fifth.

TEAM SCORES (top 10 and local teams) — 1, South Umpqua 156; 2, Illinois Valley 146; 3, North Medford 134.5; 4, Cascade 122; 5, Churchill 119; 6, Cottage Grove 109; 7, Grants Pass 108.5; 8, Reedsport 100.5; 9, Sweet Home 99.5; Molalla 95; 18, South Medford 37; 26, Hidden Valley 12.


SOUTH MEDFORD 6, KLAMATH FALLS 0 — At Klamath Falls, South Medford sophomore Dane Irving scored five goals and added one assist in the Southern League victory.

Panthers senior Wyatt Small also scored a goal, while Brandon Andrews stopped 12 shots in goal.

Damian Pulley made 19 saves for Klamath Falls.

CHURCHILL 3, ASHLAND 1 — At Eugene, Ashland suffered its second straight loss after beginning the season with eight wins.

Casey Skolnik had the lone goal for Ashland, giving him 30 for the season. That equals his output of a year ago.