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STATE WRESTLING: Six Comets storm into semifinals

PORTLAND — There were highs, then a stunning low, then more highs as Crater negotiated the first day of the Class 5A wrestling state championships Friday and remained in line for a trophy at Memorial Coliseum.

The tournament features all classifications jockeying for success over two days, culminating with the semifinals this morning and the finals tonight, beginning at 7.

The fourth-ranked Comets advanced six into the semifinals. Included were a couple stirring comeback victories by Matthew Bolanos and Kellen Kerrigan, but also a surprising loss by Colby Meek, the No. 2 seed at 145 pounds.

The sophomore Bolanos won both his matches at 132 and was the first two advance, followed closely by Kerrigan, a junior 138-pounder. Others to sweep their Day 1 matches for Crater were junior Kabb Christensen (160), freshman Owen Burkhart (182), sophomore Jimmy Jordahl (195) and junior Aric Adams (220).

Other local wrestlers to advance to the second day and the championship semifinals were Cascade Christian’s Gabe Vidlak and Ty and Cody Havniear in Class 3A, and three girls: North Medford’s Estella Gutches, Phoenix’s Emma Truex and Eagle Point’s Shayla McNulty.

In late matches, North Medford sent four to the quarterfinals, but only Ethan Miller, a senior at 170, advanced to the semifinals, securing a place for the first time in his career.

Crater, meanwhile, was fifth last season. It’s hoping for a top-four placing that would earn the school another piece of hardware for its trophy case. It was in fourth play after Friday, with 84.5 points. Defending champion Crescent Valley, of Corvallis, led with 130.

“We have six in the semis,” said coach Greg Haga. “I was hoping for seven or eight, but it didn’t happen that way. Colby Meek will come back through the (consolation rounds) and make some noise there and get a lot of points.”

Meek, along with Jordahl, last year’s runner-up at 195, were Crater’s highest seeds at No. 2.

But for the second straight year, Meek made an earlier exit than most expected when Lebanon’s Austin Dalton, also a sophomore, caught him in a cradle and pinned him in 57 seconds.

It was only the second loss of the season for Meek, who won by fall in the first round and entered state this year eager to atone for 2019, when he was disqualified in the quarterfinals for a flagrant misconduct foul.

“Very surprising,” said Haga. “Sometimes in wrestling you just get caught in funky moves and you’re in a position where you can’t really defend it. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. I’ve seen it happen to world class athletes and first-year wrestlers.”

Dalton had a firm hold of Meek’s head and legs.

“He’s a pretty strong kid and he held it,” said Haga. “There’s no place for us to bridge off when your feet are in the air.”

Dalton was seeded seventh.

Meek won by fall in the first round, pinning Hillsboro’s Tyler Schertenleib in 1:43. He could work his way through the consolation rounds and place as high as third.

Bolanos opened with a pin of Crook County’s Brad McLean, then rallied to stick Redmond’s Junior Downing in the quarters.

Downing led 6-3 before Bolanos caught him with an arm bar midway through the final period for a pin in 4:54.

Downing defeated the Comet in the Reser’s Tournament of Champions a month ago.

“I really didn’t do much in that match,” said Bolanos. “This match I just kept going. I kept the pace on him and controlled the match.”

Once he had the arm bar in place, he liked his chances.

“I was pretty confident I could run it,” he said. “I’ve been trying to work as hard as I can in practice every day, every chance I get.”

Similarly, Kerrigan fell behind Chad Muenzer, of Hood River Valley in the quarterfinals before making his move. He trailed 5-1 after Muenzer registered a near fall with 32 seconds left in the second.

In the third, Kerrigan used a reversal, a near fall and a takedown go in front and ultimately win, 8-6.

“I know I’ve got a lot of gas in me,” said Kerrigan, who won by decision in the first round as well. “So I try to push my opponent pretty hard until they gas.”

His near fall came courtesy of a cradle, a move he’s leaned on much of the season.

“Those two are just hard workers in the mat room,” said Haga. “When you’re in good shape and you work hard and wrestle hard in the match, those things happen at the end of the match. Those guys Matthew and Kellen wrestled were pretty tired at the end of the match and allowed us to turn the tide.”

Christensen pinned Wilsonville’s Marshall Rodenbeck in 1:43 of the first round, then decisioned Ridgeview’s Ethyne Reid, 6-2, to charge into the semifinals.

Burkhart debuted at state in impressive fashion, flattening Mauricio Carrera, of The Dalles, in 43 seconds, then doing the same to Central’s Gabe Cervantes in 1:58.

Jordahl opened his bid for a return trip to the finals with a pair of pins. He turned Hood River Valley’s Abraham Tinajero in 1:05 in the first round, then had another first-period fall when he defeated Scappoose’s Brett Krieger in 53 seconds.

Adams joined the fun with two pins, downing Ridgeview’s Joseph Martin in 4:13 in the first round, and North Eugene’s Logan Kerr in 1:38 in the quarters.

For North Medford, Miller notched an upset of Glencoe’s Ben Sorenson, the sixth seed, 8-3, to get to the quarters. There, he controlled Aloha’s Kieran McCalpin, again winning 8-3.

“This is the last tournament I’m going to wrestle in high school, so I’m just going all out, pretty much. Go as hard as I can and not leave anything out there.

“It feels awesome. There were a few times out there where it was a little shaky and I wasn’ sure about things, but I just trusted my training and went as hard as I could.”

Third seed Cole Zoller opened with a bye at 152, then the senior pinned Brady Stevens, of Sherwood, in 3:17. In the quarters, he fell 8-4 in overtime to No. 6 seed Tristin David, of Roseburg.

Fourth-seeded Enrique Jaime, also a senior, posted a pair of decisions at 132 to reach the quarters, where he lost 4-2 to Sprague’s Simon Artunyan.

Junior Griffin Gutches, at 160, pulled off an upset with a technical fall over No. 8 seed Burgess Myers, of Reynolds, 18-3 in 5:28 in the early going. He nearly did it again in the quarters, losing narrowly to top-seeded Hudson Davis, of Newberg, 4-3.

In Class 3A, the top-seeded Vidlak, a senior, is seeking his third straight championship. He ran his record to 43-0 with a quarterfinal pin of Taft’s Arnoldo Ortiz in 1:51 at 126. It was the 32nd pin of the season for Vidlak, who had a first-round.

The Havniear brothers also had opening byes. In fact, Ty, a freshman, had a forfeit in the quarters at 106, so he’ll wrestle for the first time at state in the semis.

The junior Cody, the No .2 seed at 145, won his quarter over Vale’s Ronnie Norton by fall in 2:45.

In the girls tournament, second-seeded Gutches, a freshman, pinned Hillsboro’s Natalie De Leon in 1:53.

Truex is gunning for her fourth straight championship. The top seed at 125, she won by fall over Skyeler Bala, of Sunset, in 1:06.

McNulty, also a No. 1 seed, pinned David Douglas’ Viktoriya Kilmyuk in 40 seconds.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479 or ttrower@rosebudmedia.com.



TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Newberg 136.5, Roseburg 108.5, Sprague 99.5, Mountain View 96, West Linn 89, Grants Pass 53, Westview 51, Oregon City 46, Sherwood 43, Aloha 40.5

OTHER LOCAL SCORES — North Medford 23.5, South Medford 10


First Round

113 — Brayden Ostvik, South Medford, pinned Jordan Tawa, West Linn, :25

126 — Evan Reyes, North Medford, bye

132 — Enrique Jaime, North Medford, dec. Josiah Ingham, Tualatin, 7-2

152 — Cael Brunson, West Linn, pinned Lucas Rivera, South Medford, 2:31; Cole Zoller, North Medford, bye

160 — Griffin Gutches, North Medford, pinned Juan Vargas, Canby, :50

170 — Ethan Miller, North Medford, pinned Conner Tolvstad, Centennial, 1:29

182 — Ryan Calderon, Mountain View, major dec. William Anderson, North Medford, 20-8

195 — Brett Rucker, North Medford, bye

285 — David Fuiava, North Medford, bye

Second Round

113 — Drew Jones, Mountain View, pinned Brayden Ostvik, South Medford, 5:50

126 — Luke VanBrabant, Sunset, pinned Evan Reyes, North Medford, 3:16

132 — Enrique Jaime, North Medford, dec. Casey McCall, Clackamas, 7-4

152 — Cole Zoller, North Medford, pinned Brody Stevens, Tualatin, 3:17

160 — Griffin Gutches, North Medford, tech. fall Burgess Myers, Reynolds, 18-3


TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Crescent Valley 130, Crook County 125.5, Thurston 86.5, Rater 84.5, Scappoose 51, Dallas 47, Hillsboro 47, West Albany 43, Silverton 40.5, Redmond 37.5

OTHER LOCAL SCORES — Eagle Point 17, Ashland 0


First Round

106 — Luke Callahan, Eagle Point, pinned Fredy Garcia, Wilsonville, :58; Tucker Bonner, Crook County, pinned Ayden Tazioli, Crater, :58

113 — Ryan McCarty, Crater, dec. Jaime Rodriguez, Hood River Valley, 4-2; Kagen Lawrence, Redmond, pinned Luke Patterson, Eagle Point, :48

120 — Freddy Barajas, Eagle Point, pinned Owen Hess, Dallas, 1:53; AJ DeGrande, Scappoose, pinned Ryan Hill, Crater, :53

126 — Colton Bryant, Crater, major dec. Lawrence Riddle, Putnam, 13-4

132 — Kole Davis, Redmond, dec. Dylan Dahling, Eagle Point, 13-10; Matthew Bolanos, Crater, pinned, Brad McLean, Crook County, 1:41

138 — Kellen Kerrigan, Crater, dec. Derric Cox, West Albany, 9-4; Robert Guenther, Silverton, pinned Aiden Chenoweth, Crater, :38

145 — Colson Spencer, Dallas, pinned Kyle O`Neil, Eagle Point, 1:21; Colby Meek, Crater, pinned Tyler Schertenleib, Hillsboro,1:43

152 — Boden Lindberg, West Albany, dec. Angel Perez, Crater, 9-6; Benjamin Sather, Crook County, pinned Jonah Rosewood, Ashland, 4:41

160 — Kabb Christensen, Crater, pinned Marshall Rodenbeck, Wilsonville, 1:43

170 — Ethan VanHook, Crater, medical forfeit Nathan Kuenzi, Silverton

182 —Owen Burkhart, Crater pinned Mauricio Carrera, The Dalles, :43

195 — Jimmy Jordahl, Crater, pinned Abraham Tinajero, Hood River Valley, 1:05

220 — Aric Adams, Crater, pinned Joseph Martin, Ridgeview, 4:13; Peter Foulke, Milwaukie, pinned Jacob Robitz, Ashland, 1:25

285 — Noah Ochs, Wilsonville, dec. Isaiah Mays, Crater, 4-2


106 — Derek Sossie, West Albany) pinned Luke Callahan, Eagle Point, 2:29

113 — Gabe Whisenhunt, Crescent Valley, pinned Ryan McCarty, Crater, 1:23

120 — Daschle Lamer, Crescent Valley, dec. Freddy Barajas, Eagle Point, 7-2

126 — Jack Lieuallen, Pendleton, major dec. Colton Bryant, Crater, 11-1

132 — Matthew Bolanos, Crater, pinned Junior Downing, Redmond, 4:54

138 — Kellen Kerrigan, Crater, dec. Chad Muenzer, Hood River Valley, 8-6

145 — Austin Dalton, Lebanon, pinned Colby Meek, Crater, :57

160 — Kabb Christensen, Crater, dec. Ethyne Reid, Ridgeview, 6-2

170 — Mavrick Rask, St. Helens, dec. Ethan VanHook, Crater, 4-0

182 — Owen Burkhart, Crater, pinned Gabe Cervantes, Central, 1:58

195 — Jimmy Jordahi, Crater, pinned Brett Krieger, Scappoose, :53

220 — Aric Adams, Crater, pinned Logan Kerr, North Eugene, 1:38


TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Sweet Home 149, La Grande 117.5, Tillamook 79, Banks 44.5, Cascade 44, Woodburn 44, Hidden Valley 43.5, Baker/Powder Valley 43, Estacada 43, Mazama 37



First Round

120 — Dominick Caratello, La Grande pinned Martin Scala, Phoenix, 1:00

132 — Ruben Hernandez, Ontario, major dec.Yovanni Bazan, Phoenix, 11-3

160 — Ayden Wolgamott, Elmira/Crow, pinned Michael Walker, Phoenix, 5:41

220 — Joseph Baynard, Phoenix, pinned Kenny Storms, Sweet Home, 1:13

285 — Matthew Horrillo, Siuslaw, dec. Salvador Castanon, Phoenix, 3-1


220 — Joseph Carrion, Hidden Valley, pinned Joseph Baynard, Phoenix, 1:16


TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Burns 65, Dayton 37.5, Nyssa 31, Willamina/Falls City 28, Taft 22, Scio 20, Cascade Christian 18, La Pine 18, Rainier 18, South Umpqua 16


First Round

106 — Tyler Havniear, Cascade Christian, bye

126 — Gabe Vidlak, Cascade Christian, bye

145 — Cody Havniear, Cascade Christian, bye


106 — Tyler Havniear, Cascade Christian, forfeit Austin Hahn, Clatskanie

126 — Gabe Vidlak, Cascade Christian, pinned Arnoldo Ortiz, Taft, 1:51

145 — Cody Havniear, Cascade Christian, pinned Ronnie Norton, Vale, 2:25


TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Culver 53.5, Reedsport Charter 39.5, Pine Eagle 30, Grant Union 28, Neah-Kah-Nie 26, Oakland 25, Central Linn 24, Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter 24, Vernonia 23, Union/Cove 20



First Round

126 — Cutter Tanaka, Pine Eagle, tech. fall Jeffery Woollett, Rogue River, 18-2

13 8— Trace Evans, Enterprise, tech. fall Anthony Isom, Rogue River, 17-1; James Long, Rogue River, bye

152 — Bradley Bowser, Jefferson, dec. Grant Fehrenbacher, Rogue River, 11-4

160 — Ricky Cook, Rogue River, bye

170 — Joseph Moore, Colton, pinned Logan Basharel, Rogue River, :23

195 — Eduardo Penaloza, Culver, pinned Gabe Tambellini, Rogue River, 4:53

220 — Elijah Uyeda, Rogue River, bye

285 — Daniel Herinckx, Rogue River pinned Rylan Cox, Grant Union, :17


138 — Gabe Syverson, Glide, pinned James Long, Rogue River, 3:19

160 — Jace Coe, Heppner/Ione, pinned Ricky Cook, Rogue River, 3:16

220 — Jonah Taigle, Joseph/Wallowa, pinned Elijah Uyeda, Rogue River, 1:17

285 — Kenneth Johnston, Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter, pinned Daniel Henrickx, Rogue River, 4:34


TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — Thurston 25, Bend 13, Century 11, Elmira 11, North Medford, 11, North Salem 9, Glencoe 8, Sweet Home 8, Grants Pass 7, Milwaukie 7



100 — Emma Baertlein, Oregon City, dec. Alyx Cameron, North Medford, 7-0

105 — Nimo Sheikh, Century, pinned Lily McMahon, North Medford, 1:09; Estella Gutches, North Medford, pinned Natalie De Leon, Hillsboro, 1:53

125 — Emma Truex, Phoenix, pinned Skyeler Bala, Sunset, 1:06

130 — Shayla McNulty, Eagle Point, pinned Viktoriya Klimyuk, David Douglas, :40

140 — Maria Diaz, Ontario, dec. Dakota Alewine, North Medford, 14-2

Photo by Angie WaltersCrater's Aric Adams in action during the opening round of the Clas 5A state wrestling meet on Friday.
Photo by Angie WaltersCrater's Kabb Christianson in action during the opening round of the Clas 5A state wrestling meet on Friday.