Mondale Memorial features balanced efforts by locals
PHOENIX — Cascade Christian, Eagle Point and Phoenix each landed three wrestling champions to highlight action Friday at the Harry Mondale Memorial Invitational at Phoenix High.
Ashland and South Medford also had a strong showing, with each placing five wresters among the top-two finishers in what ultimately was a balanced effort overall. Eagle Point and Phoenix also had five top-two finishers.
Eagle Point won the team title with 155 points, followed closely by South Medford (120) and Ashland (115).
Cascade Christian senior Gabe Vidlak won one of the marquee matches of the day at 126 pounds, scoring an 8-1 decision over Eagle Point’s Freddy Barajas. Vidlak is a two-time defending Class 3A state champion, and Barajas finished second at last year’s 5A state tournament.
Also earning titles for the Challengers were Tyler Havniear, who went 4-0 with falls in each round-robin match at 106, and reigning state runner-up Cody Havniear, who edged South Medford’s Kilian Cosgrove by a 4-3 margin in the 145-pound final.
Eagle Point’s Luke Callahan pinned Henley’s Jaxon Mengis in 1 minute, 30 seconds for first place at 113, while teammate Dylan Dahling scored a 5-3 decision over Yovanni Bazan of Phoenix at 138 and Kyle O’Neil won 11-4 over Austin Sherier of Illinois Valley at 152.
Host Phoenix excelled at the upper weights, with Michael Walker pinning Ashland’s Max Linsday in 3:44 at 170, Ryan Brumble scoring a forfeit over teammate Samuel Brumble at 182 and heavyweight Salvador Castanon pinning Henley’s Brayden Roach in 4:46.
South Medford netted a pair of champions in Brayden Ostvik, who pinned both his opponents at 120, and Chase Imus, who pinned Ashland’s JoJo Hamers in 3:12 in the 132-pound final.
Ashland’s Jonah Rosewood pinned North Valley’s Brandon Brinkman in 53 seconds to win the title at 160, and the Grizzlies scored another champion at 220 when William Hackett pinned teammate Jacob Robitz in 4:50.
TEAM SCORES: Eagle Point 155, South Medford 120, Ashland 115, Henley 108.5, Phoenix 108, North Valley 74, Cascade Christian 64, Etna Union 50, Illinois Valley 12.
106 — Tyler Havniear, CC, pinned Adin Kaufmann, SM, :35; 113 — Luke Callahan, EP, pinned Jaxon Mengis, Hen, 1:30; 120 — Brayden Ostvik, SM, pinned Aidan Rania, SM, 2:22; 126 — Gabe Vidlak, CC, dec. Freddy Barajas, EP, 8-1; 132 — Chase Imus, SM, pinned JoJo Hamers, Ash, 3:12.
138 — Dylan Dahling, EP, dec. Yovanni Bazan, Pho, 5-3; 145 — Cody Havniear, CC, dec. Kilian Cosgrove, SM, 4-3; 152 — Kyle O’Neil, EP, dec. Austin Sherier, IV, 11-4; 160 — Jonah Rosewood, Ash, pinned Brandon Brinkman, NV, :53.
170 — Michael Walker, Pho, pinned Max Linsday, Ash, 3:44; 182 — Ryan Brumble, Pho, won by forfeit over Samuel Brumble, Pho; 195 — Scott Renslow, Hen, pinned Marc Milazzo, EP, 3:06; 220 — William Hackett, Ash, pinned Jacob Robitz, Ash, 4:50; 285 — Salvador Castanon, Pho, pinned Brayden Roach, Hen, 4:46.
106 — Cameron Johnson, SM, pinned Nathan Higa, NV, 1:30; 113 — Colton Downey, Etna, pinned Carter Lothrop, NV, :57; 120 — Enrique Rodriguez, Hen, by default; 126 — Leif Graves, Etna, pinned Connor Maukonen, SM, 3:45; 132 — Evan Setzer, EP, pinned Brice Preshaw, SM, 4:37.
138 — Cayden Downey, Etna, dec. Connor Singer, SM, 14-8; 145 — Zayne Wilde, NV, pinned Brandon Cregan, NV, 1:23; 152 — Isaac Valdez, SM, pinned Augustine Senn, Ash, 1:49; 160 — Lucas Rivera, SM, pinned Jimmie Copeland, EP, 3:30.
170 — Nathanial Olsen-Benton, SM, pinned Tommy Owen, EP, 4:38; 182 — Dylan Rose, Hen, tech. fall Kane Kenerly, Ash, 18-2; 195 — Tyrus Heim, Hen, pinned Julian Couch, EP, 3:53; 220 — Taylor Villa, Hen, pinned Ryken Soares, NV, 2:43; 285 — James LaFond, Ash, pinned William Barrett, Hen,