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Local wrestlers shine at Reno Worlds

North Medford wrestlers Cole Zoller, Thomas Hamilton, Ethan Miller and Jullian Stone were among seven local standouts who were among the top eight finishers at last weekend’s Reno Worlds Championships.

Stone placed the highest among the Black Tornado contingent, finishing third in the 18U division at 220 pounds. Stone topped Frankie Pomilia of Redwood Valley, California, 5-1. In a wrestleback where Stone took on championship runner-up Falemalama Weegen of Spanaway, Washington, he lost 5-2 to remain in third place.

Zoller placed fifth at 18U 145, pinning Julio Tavarez of Idaho in 3 minutes, 28 seconds, while Miller was seventh at 18U 160 thanks to a 7-1 win over Gage Mettler of California and Hamilton placed eighth at 18U 152 after falling 12-4 to Cole Thomas of Oklahoma.

In the 18U girls division, Phoenix’s Emma Truex placed second after winning her third-place match 3-2 over Morgan Norris of Nevada and then edging championship runner-up Viktorya Torres of Washington, 7-5, in a wrestleback.

At the 8U youth level, Asher Jex of Medford finished third at 49 pounds and, in girls exhibition matches, Medford’s Blayne Jex finished second at 57 pounds.

EP’s Lucas inducted into wrestling Hall of Fame

Eagle Point native Chris Lucas will be honored by the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with his induction May 4 in a ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tigard.

Lucas graduated from Eagle Point High School and later attended Southern Oregon University. He served as wrestling coach at South Umpqua High from 1975-81 and returned to Eagle Point where he served as coach for 15 years, winning two district titles and being named Southern Oregon Conference coach of the year from 1994-96 as head coach at the high school.

Lucas later became vice principal and athletic director at Mazama High in Klamath Falls.