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Comets win Nor Cal title with five champs

ANDERSON, Calif. — Crater finished with five champions and three runners-up to win the Nor Cal Beast in the North wrestling tournament going away Saturday afternoon at the 27-school event at Anderson High.

Zeth Brower (106 pounds), Hunter Grant (113), Logan Meek (152), Jace Godley (160) and Cavin Gillispie (195) each went undefeated to claim their tournament championships, while Mitchell Childress lost to his teammate in the 113 final and was joined in finishing second by Tommy Winningham (170) and Wally Pendleton (220).

“It was a great performance,” said Crater head coach Greg Haga. “The matches that we lost were really close, hard-fought battles so I was real happy.”

Dallas Howard also placed fourth at 126 for the Comets, while Beau Crawford was fifth at 220 and Javon Gill seventh at heavyweight.

The Comets posted 259.5 points overall, easily outdistancing runner-up Will C. Wood (177.5) High of Vacaville, Calif. Kalama (142), Orland (139.5) and Eureka Senior (138.5) rounded out the top five teams.

For good measure, Crater’s second unit finished 15th overall with 67 points.

Brower scored a 19-4 technical fall victory over Lassen’s Richard Camarena in his final, while Grant pinned Childress in 5 minutes, 58 seconds. Meek earned an 11-2 major decision over Trinity’s Jake Norand for his title and Godley eked out a 2-1 decision over Wheatland’s Ryan Franken.

Winningham came up short in a tough matchup at 170, falling 8-7 to Drake McKee of Will C. Wood, but Gillispie got the ball rolling again for Crater in the finals with a 5-1 decision over West Valley (Cottonwood) wrestler Boni Escobar. Pendleton lost 5-2 to Enterprise’s Victor Penn-Nash in the 220 final.

DOC BUCHANAN INVITATIONAL: At Clovis, Calif., North Medford finished tied for 27th place out of 93 teams.

Cole Hornbrook, who advanced to the 170-pound quarterfinals on Friday before falling, lost in the seventh-place match to wrap up 1-2 on Saturday during consolation action.

In his victory, Hornbrook pinned Aaron Padilla of San Marino in 4 minutes, 40 seconds.

Also in the consolation rounds, Henry Cox (113), Anthony Neuenschwander (120), Luke Mackey (152) and Caleb Dix (145) went 1-1.

Bergen Catholic of New Jersey won with 220 points. The Black Tornado had 24 points.

BRUNNER INVITATIONAL: At Dallas, Eagle Point used third-place efforts from Michael Hammond (132), Conor Gaines (138), Bryan O’Neil (145) and Scott Martin (182) to lead the charge at the 10-team tournament.

Bradey Thrash (106), Dalton James (132) and Joseph Garcia (182) each placed fourth for the Eagles, with fifth-place going to Thomas Zomerdyk (106), Jaime De La Cruz (126) and Gage Graves (160).

Chance McMullin (113) and Taylor Lawler (220) finished sixth in the tourney that included host Dallas, Canby, Grant, Junction City, Liberty, Marshfield, Redmond, Springfield and Willamina.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN SCREAMIN’ EAGLE: At Adair Village, Cascade Christian’s Ryan Vidlak earned a tournament title at 106 pounds and Moses Jackson placed first at heavyweight to pace the Challengers at the 15-team event at Santiam Christian High.

Also for Cascade Christian, Gunnar Thompson placed third (132), Max Valle was fifth (120) and Trayson Weidman tied for sixth (113).

Vidlak pinned Sprague JV wrestler Michael Soper in 1:27 to earn his title, while Jackson scored a fall in 3:39 over Crescent Valley’s Brandon Lareau in his final.

Glide won the team title with 182.5 points and the Challengers tied for eighth place (91).


FOUR-TEAM MEET: Crater’s Ben Briesmeister won the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 3.25 seconds and placed first in the 100 backstroke (1:09.64) while also swimming legs on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay squads during the four-school meet at Rogue Valley YMCA.

On the girls side, Ashland’s Bekkah Higgins captured victories in the 200 individual medley (2:39.14) and 100 butterfly (1:12.54) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams. Teammate Kate Page won the 500 free (6:17.56) and 100 backstroke (1:09.94).

Crater’s Jennifer Steele was fastest in the 50 free (30.52) and 100 free (1:07.45).


TEAM SCORES: Crater 377, St. Mary’s 176; St. Mary’s 193, Cascade Christian 106; Crater 386, Cascade Christian 104; St. Mary’s 193, Ashland 74, Crater 392, Ashland 70; Cascade Christian 109, Ashland 70.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Crater (Ben Briesmeister, Derrick Young, Nick Brown, Jack Mitchell), 2:08.31; 200 FREE — 1, Christian Scaglione, CC, 2:06.17; 200 IM — 1, Derrick Young, Cra, 2:39.95; 50 FREE — 1, Caleb Ringger, StM, 25.98; 100 FLY — 1, Ben Briesmeister, Cra, 1:03.25; 100 FREE — 1, Scott Younker, StM, 56.11; 500 FREE — 1, Nick Brown, Cra, 5:51.97; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Crater (Ben Briesmeister, Derrick Young, Jack Mitchell, Nick Brown), 1:50.23; 100 BACK — 1, Ben Briesmeister, Cra, 1:09.64; 100 BREAST — 1, Jasper Zhu, StM, 1:07.14; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Crater (Ryan Castillo, Andrew Lindbloom, Blake Beck, Josh Idiart), 5:19.09.


TEAM SCORES: Crater 343, St. Mary’s 131; St. Mary’s 152, Cascade Christian 34; Crater 346, Cascade Christian 34; Ashland 570, St. Mary’s 133; Ashland 564, Crater 300; Ashland 574, Cascade Christian 37.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Ashland (Kate Page, Emma Kahn, Bekkah Higgins, Sierra Pokrob), 2:14.39; 200 FREE — 1, Maya Roe-Bauer, Ash, 2:39.94; 200 IM — 1, Bekkah Higgins, Ash, 2:39.14; 50 FREE — 1, Jennifer Steele, Cra, 30.52; 100 FLY — 1, Bekkah Higgins, Ash, 1:12.54; 100 FREE — 1, Jennifer Steele, Cra, 1:07.45; 500 FREE — 1, Kate Page, Ash, 6:17.56; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Bekkah Higgins, Sierra Pokrob, Emma Kahn, Olivia McMonagle), 2:07.65; 100 BACK — 1, Kate Page, Ash, 1:09.94; 100 BREAST — 1, Emma Kahn, Ash, 1:26.34; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Zee Harrison, Maya Roe-Bauer, Marta Quesada Alonso, Rose Eschtruth Harrison), 4:50.28.

HENLEY FREEZE: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix used a pair of individual victories by Emily Samudio and Ethan Shepherd to sweep all its competition except host Henley in the annual outdoor meet that featured harsh, snowy conditions.

Samudio won the girls 50 free (27.76) and 500 free (6:14.87) and Shepherd won the boys 50 free (23.62) and 100 free (53.09) for Phoenix. Lauren Speaks added a win in the girls 200 IM (2:31.62) and Eddie Stewart won the boys 100 fly (1:08.85) to highlight the individual efforts for the Pirates, whose team of Ruby Moser, Speaks, Samudio and Lola O’Connor won the girls 200 medley relay in 2:22.17.

The Phoenix boys came close to a sweep, falling 378-376 against Henley in the dual-meet scored competition. The Pirates easily beat North Valley (410-128), Klamath Union (405-241) and Mazama (409-67).

Phoenix’s girls lost 385-331 to Henley but topped Hidden Valley (360-99), Klamath Union (340-290), North Valley (356-95) and Mazama (342-318).