North, Crater advance at Oregon Classic
REDMOND — The North Medford wrestling team went undefeated in duals Friday in the Oregon Wrestling Classic at Redmond High School. As a result, the Black Tornado advanced to today’s Class 6A semifinals while Crater, which finished 3-1 in their Class 5A pool, advanced to the 5A semis.
The Black Tornado take on a familiar opponent to open today’s championship bracket action in top-ranked Roseburg, which beat North Medford 57-15 on Wednesday. The two Southwest Conference squads square off at 11 a.m., while the Comets will face a lineup of Hermiston, Redmond and Hillsboro.
North Medford sophomore Justin Geyer topped two top-10 ranked opponents in the 160-pound weight class. He won by decision over fourth-ranked James Brunson of West Albany and Newberg’s Matt McCarthy despite Geyer suffering a cut over his left eye in his first match of the day.
“I like that stuff; I like tough kids,” said North Medford coach Phillip Lopez. “It’s definitely the attitude that we preach over here. When things get tough, you’ve gotta gut it out.”
North Medford’s Daniel Ibarra not only upset fourth-ranked Isaac James of Cleveland with a pin in the heavyweight class, but he provided the winning points to beat Newberg by pinning Dallas O’Brien in the final match of their dual.
Second-ranked 172-pounder Wyatt Westfall also helped North Medford’s cause by pinning Devin Russo of Newberg, who is ranked second at 182.
On the day, North Medford beat West Albany (55-19), fifth-ranked Newberg (39-23), Oregon City (69-24) and Cleveland (64-16).
The Comets had four wrestlers pick up three victories on the day: Zeth Brower at 106, Logan Meek at 138, Nate Walters at 145 and Jason Comer at 152.
Crater topped both Hood River (47-24) and fourth-ranked Sandy (42-39) before suffering its lone loss to Bend (41-35) in a battle that came down to the final match of the dual.
NORTH MEDFORD 13, CRATER 0: Senior defenseman Mikaen Magee scored four goals to spark undefeated North Medford in the Southern Oregon League match at The RRRink.
The Black Tornado (6-0) jumped out to a 7-0 first-period lead.
North received two goals each from Drew Snowden, Jeremy Wu and Chase Courtney.