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PREP WRESTLING: Crater's Meek takes third at Reser's

HILLSBORO — Taking the hard way around, Crater sophomore Colby Meek was still able to post the top local finish at the Reser’s Tournament of Champions Saturday at Liberty High School.

After suffering a tough 6-4 loss to Mountain View’s Beau Ohlson in Friday’s quarterfinals, Meek remained steadfast in his quest and dominated all three of his matches Saturday to place third overall at 145 pounds. Ohlson went on to finish first.

Crater’s Jimmy Jordahl (195) and North Medford’s Cole Zoller (152) each finished fourth to highlight a solid showing from the Rogue Valley that saw the Comets stand 10th overall with 114 points and the Black Tornado place 16th with 56.5 points.

Crescent Valley claimed the team title with 289 points, with La Grande (174.5), Roseburg (164.5), Newberg (156.5) and Mountain View (146) rounding out the top-5 finishers.

Meek began Saturday with a 4-0 decision over fifth-seeded Ernesto Alvarez of Century, then scored a 15-6 major decision over Lebanon’s Austin Dalton before capping his run in the third-place final with a 14-1 major decision over Cascade’s Kane Nixon.

Jordahl was one of two Comets to reach the championship semifinals but, like 182-pound teammate Owen Burkhart, he came up short of reaching the finals.

Jordahl was pinned in 3 minutes, 4 seconds by eventual champion Santos Cantu of Crescent Valley in the semis but rebounded to pin Cooper Hise of Dallas in 4:36 to reach the third-place final. In his last match, Jordahl was pinned in 1:26 by Mountain View’s Blake Ohlson.

Like Meek, Zoller had to come up through the consolation bracket after his 6-3 quarterfinals loss to eventual champion Cael Brunson of West Linn.

Zoller scored a 9-2 decision over fifth-seeded Gavin Korkeakoski of Newberg and then pinned Roseburg’s Tristin David in 57 seconds to set up a third-place showdown with Thurston’s Asher Ruchti. In the tight final matchup, Ruchti scored a 7-5 overtime victory.

The freshman Burkhart found obstacles at every turn Saturday, starting with a pin in 5:15 by eventual champion Kyle Knudtson of Crook County in the semis. Burkhart then suffered a 16-0 technical fall loss to MaHonri Rushton of Baker/Powder Valley and lost 8-2 to Sweet Home’s Nich James to finish in sixth place.

North Medford’s Griffin Gutches (160) placed fifth by edging Mountain View’s Carson Fassett, 4-3, in their consolation final.

Crater’s Matthew Bolanos (132) finished sixth after being pinned in 1:37 in his fifth-place final by Mountain View’s Ryder Fassett.

BEACH BASH TOURNAMENT: At Gold Beach, Phoenix’s Michael Walker and Grant Fehrenbacher of Rogue River each won individual titles at the 15-school event, with Ashland placing second as a team and Phoenix third at Gold Beach High.

Walker pinned North Lake’s Craig Puckett in 1:09 to earn the title at 160 pounds, while Fehrenbacher was a 7-6 winner over Ashland’s Jonah Rosewood in the 152 final.

Ashland’s Augustine Senn (145) and Jacob Robitz (220) also advanced to the championship final but each fell short to finish in second place. Senn lost a 10-0 major decision to Peyton Forbes of Marshfield and Robitz dropped an 11-2 major decision to Jesse Brecht of Douglas.

Ashland’s Max Linsday finished third at 160 and James LaFond was fourth at 285 to help the Grizzlies total 92 points, finishing just behind Reedsport (99) and ahead of Phoenix (88). Rogue River was ninth with 58 points.

Martin Scala (120), Joseph Baynard (220) and Gavin Hall (285) each placed third for Phoenix, while Rogue River’s Jeffery Woollett was third at 126.

Phoenix’s Yovanni Bazan (132) and Rogue River’s James Long (145) each advanced to the third-place final but no results were available as of press time.

In girls competition, Ashland’s Mary Cellini took second place after a 1-1 showing.

COTTAGE GROVE INVITATIONAL: At Cottage Grove, Cascade Christian senior Gabe Vidlak claimed the title at 126 pounds and had two teammates place third to pace the Challengers at the 30-school tournament.

Vidlak won his title by pinning Kyle Bautista of Grants Pass in 2:48 to remain unbeaten this season at 28-0.

The Havniear brothers, Tyler and Cody, each placed third in their respective weight divisions.

Tyler Havniear (106) bounced back from a 10-7 loss in the semifinals to Siuslaw’s Yoskar De la Mora to score an 8-0 major decision win over Robert Miner of Grants Pass in the third-place final.

After suffering a 7-6 loss in the quarterfinals to Ryan Johnston of Grants Pass, Cody Havniear (138) battled back in the consolation bracket and won by injury default over North Eugene’s Ishmael Blas in his third-place final.

Crater sophomore Colby Meek, top, went unbeaten Saturday to place third at the Reser's Tournament of Champions. PHOTO BY ANGIE WALTERS