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Locals angle for position at North Bend Coast Classic

NORTH BEND — There wasn’t much action to be had in the championship bracket of the North Bend Coast Classic wrestling tournament Friday, but several Rogue Valley wrestlers took advantage to stamp their spot into today’s quarterfinal round.

North Medford and Crater each put themselves in position for a potential top-5 finish and Eagle Point wasn’t far off that pace after the first day of competition in the two-day event at North Bend High.

Crater advanced the most wrestlers into the quarterfinal round from the local area with five, while North Medford and Eagle Point will each have four wrestlers vying for the semifinals this morning.

For the Comets, Ryan McCarty scored a 16-3 major decision over South Medford’s Connor Maukonen to earn his spot in the quarters at 126 pounds. Ty Havniear was equally impressive in posting a second-period pin at 138 to advance, while second-seeded Matthew Bolanos (152) lived up to his billing with a 44-second pin over Carson Alvarez of South Medford to reach the quarterfinals.

Also for Crater, No. 4 seed Brayden Gray pinned Ashland’s Will Downs in 42 seconds at 160 and Justin Brehm scored a first-period fall at 285 to advance in the championship bracket.

North Medford’s Noah Allen scored a first-period pin at 138 to become his team’s first quarterfinalist of the day and was quickly followed by pinning efforts from fifth-seeded Jace Garibay (152) and Atreaue Roe (160). The Black Tornado’s William Anderson advanced on a 4-0 decision over Roseburg’s Emmitt Gibson, who was seeded fourth.

Eagle Point’s Tygren Lopez, the No. 1 seed at 120, breezed to the quarterfinals with a first-period pin and was joined by fifth-seeded Luke Callahan (126), third-seeded Jimmie Copeland (182) and No. 7 seed Marc Milazzo (220).

Ashland advanced two wrestlers into the quarterfinals in third-seeded Lindson Turner (126) and No. 8 seed Maxwell Linsday (220).

For South Medford, Isaack Valdez needed 23 seconds to score a pin over sixth-seeded Sam McKeen-Hornbeck of Henley to reach the quarterfinal round at 160.

Not much separated the top three teams in overall scoring between Redmond (56 points), Crook County (55.5) and Grants Pass (54). North Medford stands sixth with 44 points and Crater is eighth at 42.5, with Eagle Point tied for 11th with 30 points and South Medford (20) and Ashland (19) among the top-20.