Late surge lifts Crater
Logan Brooks and Brandon Hesse secured quick pins at 215 and 285, respectively, to turn a tied match into a Crater victory Wednesday night at rival Eagle Point.
Tied at 24, Brooks pinned Nik Beiter in 1 minute, 39 seconds and Hesse took down Daniel Miller in 39 seconds to seal Crater's 36-24 win in the final dual meet before the Southern Sky Conference district wrestling meet at Mazama on Saturday.
"Our upper weights have been solid all year," Crater coach Denny Walters said. "Having those big guns at the top makes you feel comfortable."
Crater also earned key points in three consecutive matches early. Skyler Prislac pinned Gordon Downing in 3:20 at 112 pounds, Jeremy Artoff earned an 18-8 major decision over Ben Zomerdyk at 119 and Nick Ferris defeated Daniel Soto by a 10-2 major decision at 125. Brock Gutches also earned a major decision for Crater at 171.
"We knew we had to get the majors for that extra point when the opportunity was there," Walters said. "I was pleased with our aggressiveness. It's always nice to beat Eagle Point. It's a good rivalry, and that's what people come out to see."
Walters said the match of the night for his team was Ferris' win over Soto.
Soto won the 119-pound weight class at the Rogue Valley Championships last weekend. Ferris got a takedown with 10 seconds remaining in the match to earn the major decision.
"He looked impressive, and he beat a couple of really tough kids," Walters said of Soto. "We knew that was one of the key matches of the night. Ferris just kept the heat on him."
Brandon Montague earned an 8-6 decision over Jake Gallo at 140 in a match that "could have went either way," Walters said, and Kenny Fahndrich pulled out an 8-3 win over Taylor Marasco at 189, which tied the match at 24.
Eagle Point coach Kacey McNulty, whose team finished second to defending Class 6A champion Roseburg at the Rogue Valley Championships, was disappointed with his team's effort.
"I think we lacked some intensity," McNulty said. "What we are looking for is consistency. We had a heck of a tournament last weekend, but we had a little slump tonight. Part of that comes with maturity. "We just made a few mistakes, and with a talented team like Crater, we can't do that."
Travis Woods had Eagle Point's most convincing win of the night, pinning Crater's Dan Hill in 52 seconds at 130.
"He got a fast pin and it was due to his intensity," McNulty said. "He didn't give his opponent any breathing room."
Trent Kaiser (135), Josh Winter (145) and Garrett Davis (152) earned major decisions for Eagle Point, and 103-pounder Mario Barajas remained undefeated in conference with a 7-0 decision over Truman Winningham.
The closest match of the night was at 160 with Eagle Point's Gage Baumer defeating Jeremy Swing 9-8.
TEAM SCORE — Crater 36, Eagle Point 24
*103 — Mario Barajas, EP, dec. Truman Winningham, 7-0; 112 — Skyler Prislac, Cra., pinned Gordon Downing, 3:20; 119 — Jeremy Artoff, Cra., maj. dec. Ben Zomerdyk, 18-8; 125 — Nick Ferris, Cra., maj. dec. Daniel Soto, 10-2; 130 — Travis Woods, EP, pinned Dan Hill, :52.
135 — Trent Kaiser, EP, maj. dec. Brysen Winner, 10-1; 140 — Brandon Montague, Cra., dec. Jake Gallo, 8-6; 145 — Josh Winter, EP, maj. dec. Chance Fahndrich, 14-3; 152 — Garrett Davis, EP, maj. dec. Zach Baldridge, 10-1; 160 — Gage Baumer, EP, dec. Jeremy Swing, 9-8;
171 — Brock Gutches, Cra., maj. dec. Steven Josephson 16-6; 189 — Kenny Fahndrich, Cra., dec. Taylor Marasco, 8-3; 215 — Logan Brooks, Cra., pinned Nik Beiter, 1:39; 285 — Brandon Hesse, Cra., pinned Daniel Miller, :39.
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