Roseburg in control at Southwest Conference district
Just about everything fell to form Friday during the first-day action at the Southwest Conference district wrestling tournament, save one unfortunate setback for South Medford.
Two-time defending Class 6A champion Roseburg opened a sizable lead over North Medford, 180.5-119, in the team race behind 20 semifinalists, and the top two seeds at all but one weight class advanced to today's semifinals at South Medford High.
That one, however, proved to be a tough way to start the day for the Panthers as senior 135-pounder Steven Lines was disqualified before any of the wrestlers ever hit the mat.
"I've been with Steven for four years and he's my hardest-working kid and well-skilled," said South Medford coach Sergio Gonzalez. "It's just a mind-blower for me. It's just a heartbreaker beyond belief."
Lines, seeded second at 135 and runner-up at last year's district meet, initially was informed during the weigh-ins by a referee he would not be able to wrestle due to a skin irritation near the back of his neck.
Gonzalez said it's a situation Lines has dealt with all season and had given the referee a doctor's note on his behalf, but that didn't prove satisfactory and another on-site doctor was sought out for an opinion. Without the benefit of the original note, Gonzalez said the on-site doctor said the irritation looked like it could be ringworm and the ref then told Lines he could not compete.
"When he said that it totally blew Steven's brain out," said Gonzalez, noting the wrestler became despondent and rushed out of the weight room.
In the aftermath, Gonzalez talked with the ref and doctor about the condition and about contacting Lines' doctor to get more clarity on what the coach said was an incomplete note. All second chances, however, went out the window when Lines left the weight room before officially weighing in, which is an automatic disqualification.
"He would've taken second for sure and I thought he could've taken first (at districts)," added Gonzalez. "I felt he was in the top four at state. Everyone is just devastated by what happened."
The day went much better for North Medford, which advanced at least one wrestler to the semifinals in all but three weight classes. The Black Tornado suffered a pair of quarterfinal losses at 103, 130 and 215, but all have a chance to wrestle back for a shot at the third and final bid to the state tournament in today's consolation rounds.
"We've got 25 still in it, 13 in the semis, so we've put ourselves in a good spot I think," said North Medford coach Nolan Harris, whose team leads Grants Pass by 10 points. "There's a lot of wrestling left. We match up quite a bit with the No. 1 seeds or Roseburg, so it's just a matter of pushing guys through."
Harris said he was especially pleased with Jessie Hornbrook (171), Jesse Ledbetter (112) and Kohl Damon (125), who each knocked off No. 4 seeds to advance to the semifinals.
"We just need to keep it rolling in that back half and keep the bonus points rolling," added Harris. "Right now it's a close battle with Grants Pass for second."
Action resumes at 11 a.m. today with the championship semifinals. The championship finals are slated to begin around 5 p.m. in the Panther gym.
SWC District Tourney
TEAM SCORES — Roseburg 180.5, North Medford 119, Grants Pass 109, South Medford 59.5, South Eugene 43, Sheldon 26.
Cody Stoecker, R, pinned Tyler Crist, NM, 3:03; Zach Paterson, GP, dec. Andy Wasil, SE, 4-1; Brad Lander, R, dec. Chris McFall, NM, 7-1; Nick Grow, GP, pinned Curtis Young, SE, :16.
Nathan Piader, GP, pinned Damon Estrada, R, 4:41; Jesse Ledbetter, NM, pinned Dennis Calciano, SE, 3:26; Tanner Hageman, GP, pinned Edgar Cox, NM, 5:16; Dan Faas, R, pinned Jordan Hunsaker, S, :34.
Steven Evans, R, pinned Aaron Perez, GP, 5:00; Dylan Sites, NM, maj. dec. Justin Wolf, SM, 10-2; Luke Collins, GP, pinned Darren Cossette, NM, :46; Chayse Jackson, R, pinned Gabe McDermott, SM, :19.
Tyler Lander, R, forfeit Taryn Armstrong, SE; Kohl Damon, NM, pinned Kyle Perry 3:31; Dustin Mougey, R, dec. Ryan Shean, GP, 12-9; Sierra Land, SM, tech. fall German Santiago, NM, 18-3.
Justin Eldred, GP, pinned Talon Barber, S, :28; Javier Mandera, R, pinned Billy Coryell, NM, :59; Alex Littlefair, GP, pinned Chaz Shand, NM, 1:26; Jay Tovey, R, pinned Brett Hulstrom, SM, :30.
Sam Mecham, R, pinned Evan Benton, NM, 1:43; Ethan Brown, SM, forfeit Calvin Peters, GP; Zak Munroe, R, pinned Miles Alberts, SE, :35; Ammon Ebert, NM, maj. dec. Ryan O'Hara, GP, 15-4.
Seth Thomas, R, pinned Danny Vasquez, GP, 3:00; Michael Rake, SM, dec. Forrest Rasmussen, SE, 15-8; Cody Wedman, NM, dec. Hector Mandera, R, 9-3; Dylan Fauver, GP, pinned Carlos Gitzen, SM, :46.
Dylan Westwang, R, pinned Bryan Burch, :33; Justin Hoy, GP, pinned Ryan Miller, SM, 1:11; Jackson Hoyt, S, maj. dec. Ben Lewis, R, 21-8; Ryan Mahoney, NM, pinned Josh Bokish, SM, 3:32.
Dylan Fors, R, pinned Ricky Stockwell, SM, 1:06; Brandon Todd, NM, pinned Trevor Macy, GP, 6:10 OT; Zach Baker, SE, dec. Tyler Brookbank, R, 4-2; Cory Haggans, NM, pinned Cody Burke, :30.
Ken Hyland, SM, pinned Nathan Crow, SE, 3:59; Jose Cruz, GP, maj. dec. Matt Keller, R, 13-1; Devan Fors, R, tech. fall Ken Gietzen, SM, 17-1; Kade Peden, NM, pinned Brandon Macy, GP, 1:21.
Mark Dickison, NM, pinned Devin Guenther, SM, 1:19; Travis Kurth, SE, forfeit Cameron Pagter, S; Jessie Hornbrook, NM, dec. Jordan Townsend, SM, 8-4; Josh Weaver, R, pinned Brandon Goodwin, GP, :16.
Kody Bonham, NM, pinned Selmar Hutchins, R, 4:22; Luiz DeCamargo, SE, dec. Cason Cunningham, S, 8-3; Troy Bolivar, SE, pinned Parker Goodwin, GP; Joe Hennricks, R, pinned Emmanuel Brown, SM, 1:11.
Brandon Galvez, R, pinned Austin Scarle, SE, 1:09; Brenden Prentiss, S, dec. Myles Converse, NM, 8-1; Johnny Konieczny, GP, pinned Nick Burdick, SE, 4:20; Brad Mabie, R, pinned Jeremiah Swisher, NM, 1:33.
Jordan Guthrie, R, pinned Marion Campos, NM, :42; Tony Soto, SE, bye; Aaron Stine, GP, dec. Brady Feasel, R, 5-2; Robert Ross, NM, pinned Mike Loomis, SE, 1:40.
Reach reporter Kris Henry at 776-4488, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org