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Comets start strong at Coast Classic

NORTH BEND — Crater advanced eight wrestlers into today’s quarterfinal round and pulled into fourth place in the team standings to highlight local action at the Army Strong Coast Classic on Friday.

Zeth Brower didn’t have to wrestle a match to advance in the championship bracket at 106 pounds after receiving a pair of byes, an offshoot of team defections at the tournament due to poor traveling conditions from a recent snow storm.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals for Crater were Tanner Ulrey (113), Hunter Grant (120), Hunter Hiatt (126), Dallas Howard (138), Leo Gutierrez (182), Wally Pendleton (220) and Cam Sweet (285).

Ulrey and Grant each won by technical fall in their only matches while Cam Sweet earned a pin. Gutierrez escaped with a 9-8 decision over Matt Jones of Del Norte before pinning Hidden Valley’s Kailub Dunn, while Pendleton scored a 2-1 decision over South Medford’s Michael Cormier and then pinned Junction City’s Tyler Morris in 1 minute, 25 seconds.

Eagle Point and North Medford each stand tied for ninth place with 32 points apiece after the Eagles advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinals and the Black Tornado advanced four.

Moving on for Eagle Point were Thomas Zomerdyk (113), Bradey Thrash (120) and Taylor Lawler, who recorded two first-round pins at 220.

Advancing into the quarterfinals for North Medford were Chase Mitchell, who like Brower received two byes at 106, Enrique Jaime (113), Justin Geyer (182) and Julian Stone (220).

Cascade Christian is in 19th place with 17 points but advanced three of its four wrestlers into the quarterfinals after Gabe Vidlak (113), Max Valle (126) and Gunnar Thompson (138) were victorious.

Ryan Beck (170) was the lone South Medford wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals after a bye and a 6-4 decision over Carter Dahl of Douglas. The Panthers are 24th overall.

None of Phoenix’s five wrestlers were able to advance in the championship round.

TEAM SCORES: Crook County 79, Roseburg 73, Grants Pass 58.5, Crater 54, Marshfield 46, Henley 42, Canby 37, David Douglas 36, Eagle Point 32, North Medford 32, South Albany 32, Woodburn 25, Clackamas 24, Crescent Valley 24, North Salem 24, Siuslaw 20, West Salem 20, Douglas 18, Cascade Christian 17, Del Norte 17, Newport 14, Coquille 11, North Bend 11, South Medford 10, Hidden Valley 7, Junction City 7, South Umpqua 7, Brookings 6, Illinois Valley 6, Phoenix 3.