Brower places second at Reser’s TOC
HILLSBORO — Crater sophomore Zeth Brower was the lone contender from the Rogue Valley to reach the championship finals Saturday in the Reser’s Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament at Liberty High.
Brower, who was seeded No. 4 at 106 pounds, scored a 3-1 upset decision over top-seeded Newberg wrestler Cody Fettig in the morning semifinal round to set up a clash with Marshfield’s Cole Smith. The No. 3 seed, however, was able to edge out Brower for the Reser’s crown by virtue of a 3-2 decision.
Brower fell behind 2-0 in the second period but tied the match with a reversal in the third period. The senior Smith, however, earned an escape with 50 seconds remaining and was able to keep the Crater standout at bay thereafter.
Crook County won the team title with 201 points, ahead of Hermiston (177) and Roseburg (173.5).
Eagle Point’s Bryan O’Neil had also advanced to the semifinal round at 138, but he fell short in a 15-4 major decision by top-seeded Hayden Bates of Crook County.
Crater’s other two semifinalists, Tommy Winningham (170) and Cavin Gillispie (182), also were denied a chance at a title with morning losses. The fourth-seeded Winningham came up short, 4-2, to top-seeded Gary Jantzer of Marshfield and the third-seeded Gillispie dropped an 8-4 decision to No. 2 seed Bob Coleman of Hermiston.
PHOENIX WINS TWO: At Phoenix, Phoenix scored easy wins over Rogue River, 62-18, and North Valley, 54-16, but came up short in a tough 40-37 loss to Cottage Grove in a four-team meet at Phoenix High.
Ezra De Luca (106), Jackie Hawkins (113), Cedar King (138), Jessi Daniels (145) and Trace Vega (220) each posted 3-0 records for Phoenix.
Justin Knight was on the way to his own perfect day when he was tagged with an illegal slam at 182 against Cottage Grove, and when Jason Stalder could not continue, the Pirates were forced to default the match. That six-point decision proved costly for Phoenix in the final score.
In key action for Rogue River, Gavin Decker earned a pin over Phoenix’s Dalton Samis (4:45) at 126 and heavyweight Gabryel Echaide pinned Ishmael De La Torre in 2:40.
SUTHERLIN INVITATIONAL: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian’s Moses Jackson placed first at heavyweight and teammates Trayson Weidman (113), Max Valle (126) and Gunnar Thompson (126) finished as runners-up in the 12-school event.
Jackson scored a 7-1 decision over Hidden Valley’s Ian Johnson in the finals at 285.
Ryan Vidlak also finished third for the Challengers, who scored 86 points but were well off Glide’s winning total of 167.5 points.
Weidman was pinned by Siuslaw’s Richard Huff in his final, while Valle dropped a 3-2 decision to South Umpqua’s Owen Sinsaeng and Thompson was pinned by Glide’s Zach Holland.
1A MEET: At Crane, Butte Falls' Bill Tucker captured second place at 197 pounds and the Loggers took fourth as a team at a meet for Class 1A schools.
Butte Falls also had six third-place finishers: Micah Callahan (115), Alex Neville (122), Mykala Patereau (128), Isaac Tiry (134), Spencer Scofield (172) and Luke McGonagle (222).
Lowell won with 160 points. The Loggers had 74.
NORTH MEDFORD INVITATIONAL: Marlena Cromwell secured a pair of individual wins to help lead the North Medford girls to victory in the seven-school event while Ethan Shepherd and Alec Shepherd each scored a pair of wins to lead Phoenix to the boys triumph at the Medford YMCA.
Cromwell won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 21.69 seconds and the 100 free in 1:03.84 and was part of the winning 200 free relay to help power the Black Tornado, which finished with 116 points to beat out Phoenix (64).
Lauren Speaks and Emily Samudio of Phoenix also earned two individuals wins, with Speaks claiming the 50 free (27.93) and 100 breast (1:15.33) and Samudio winning the 100 fly (1:06.84) and 500 free (6:09.48). The Pirate duo were also on the winning 400 free relay team.
Ethan Shepherd won the 50 free (22.87) and 100 free (52.01) and Alec Shepherd took first in the 200 free (2:00.97) and 500 free (5:36.20) for Phoenix’s boys team. Each were also part of two relay victories.
Jasper Zhu of St. Mary’s also earned two wins, placing first in the 200 IM (2:12.46) and 100 back (1:02.02).
TEAM SCORES: Phoenix 100, North Medford 80, South Medford 40, St. Mary’s 35, Klamath Union 21, Cascade Christian 12, North Valley 10.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Phoenix (Alec Shepherd, Thomas Ward, Eddie Stewart, Ethan Shepherd), 1:52.38; 200 FREE — 1, Alec Shepherd, Pho, 2:00.97; 200 IM — 1, Jasper Zhu, StM, 2:12.46; 50 FREE — 1, Ethan Shepherd, Pho, 22.87; 100 FLY — 1, Eddie Stewart, Pho, 1:05.33; 100 FREE — 1, Ethan Shepherd, Pho, 52.01; 500 FREE — 1, Alec Shepherd, Pho, 5:36.20; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Phoenix (Alec Shepherd, Thomas Ward, Brent Flynn, Ethan Shepherd), 1:40.68; 100 BACK — 1, Jasper Zhu, StM, 1:02.02; 100 BREAST — 1, Christian Scaglione, CC, 1:07.73; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, North Medford (Bram Gibson, Jaden King, William Anderson, Sam Watkins), 4:01.95.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 116, Phoenix 64, South Medford 50, St. Mary’s 29, Klamath Union 21, North Valley 6.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, St. Mary’s (Bailey Code, Selina Xu, Ellianna Pastrano, Kendra Lively), 2:00.16; 200 FREE — 1, Marlena Cromwell, NM, 2:21.69; 200 IM — 1, Gabby Parks, NM, 2:29.67; 50 FREE — 1, Lauren Speaks, Pho, 27.93; 100 FLY — 1, Emily Samudio, Pho, 1:06.84; 100 FREE — 1, Marlena Cromwell, NM, 1:03.84; 500 FREE — 1, Emily Samudio, Pho, 6:09.48; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, North Medford (Kaitlyn Boudreaux, Marlena Cromwell, Jovanna Salvador, Gabby Parks), 1:57.45; 100 BACK — 1, Julia Miller, SM, 1:08.89; 100 BREAST — 1, Lauren Speaks, Pho, 1:15.33; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Phoenix (Emily Samudio, Emma Amundsen, Lola O’Connor, Lauren Speaks), 4:39.14.