Crater wrestlers start fast in win over North
CENTRAL POINT — After impressing on the coast this past weekend, the Crater wrestling team returned home looking to keep the early-season success going.
The Comets did exactly as they hoped for Wednesday night.
Winning the first seven matches of its first home dual of the season, Crater rolled to a 45-18 win over North Medford at the Comets’ gym.
“You go to a big tournament and it exposes a few things,” Crater head coach Greg Haga said. “You come back home and work on those things and then you’re fortunate enough to have a midweek dual where you can see what you’ve been working on for two days and if that’s helping. Some of the things we’re working on, I saw we were doing a better job getting off the bottom and that’s where that is.
“I think they were missing a few guys, but it’s always a good match when we wrestle North. I thought our kids did a great job of keeping up constant pressure and I thought we did a great job of attacking and being aggressive.”
Crater used a strong finish Saturday to jump up from eighth place into third at the North Bend Coast Classic. Crater’s best performer in North Bend was Matthew Bolanos, who was the lone local wrestler to win an individual title on his way to being named the most outstanding wrestler at the meet.
Bolanos, like the Comets as a team, kept the momentum from the weekend going Wednesday, as he recorded an impressive 11-4 victory over North’s Atreaue Roe at 160 pounds.
Ryan McCarty at 132 pounds, Ty Havniear (138 pounds), Ryan Hill (145 pounds) and Ayden Tazioli (152 pounds) all got victories before Bolanos took to the mat to help the Comets build an early 24-0 advantage.
“Matthew has done a lot of hard work in the offseason,” Haga said. “He bumped up a weight and the North kid, Roe, is a big and strong kid. (Bolanos) had to use a little caution, he’s a little smaller and I thought he had some good constant pressure and took advantage of some mistakes the other wrestler made.”
North got its first win of the night in the 195-pound weight class when Conner McDougall recorded a 7-2 decision over Caleb Canfield.
The Black Tornado also got a victory in the lone girls matchup Wednesday night, with 106-pounder Sadie Hall getting two points right before the final buzzer to claim a 10-8 decision over the Comets’ Sienna Caruso.
It was the second time the two have met in less than a week, with Hall beating Caruso in North Bend on Saturday.
In the final matchup of the night, Crater’s Wren Rambo scored an 9-3 decision over Owen Gutches at 126 pounds.
“That was a close match on the coast and we tied it up with about three seconds to go and (Hall) reversed it right at the end. That was a great match,” Haga said. “I liked the matchup at 126 — we bumped Wren Rambo up and wrestled at 126 and got a pretty good win there. I always like seeing that. He gets a chance to wrestle out underneath the light.”
Both North Medford and Crater will head north to take part in the Grants Pass Winter Kickoff on Friday and Saturday.
TEAM SCORE: Crater 45, North Medford 18.
106 — Sadie Hall, NM, dec. Sienna Caruso 10-8; 113 — Adam Mattern, NM, win by forfeit; 120 — Elijah Bayne, C, pinned Nickolas Eason-Gardner :57; 126 — Wren Rambo, C, dec. Owen Gutches 9-3; *132 — Ryan McCarty, C, pinned Noah Allen 3:01.
138 — Ty Havniear, C, pinned Jayden Murdock :44; 145 — Ryan Hill, C, dec. Jace Garibay 8-4; 152 — Ayden Tazioli, C, pinned Wesley Parks 1:14; 160 — Matthew Bollanos, C, dec. Atreaue Roe 11-4.
170 — Double forfeit; 182 — Brayden Gray, C, pinned Michael Woodward :33; 195 — Conner McDougall, NM, dec. Caleb Canfield 7-2; 220 — William Anderson, NM, pinned Gabriel Williams 4:54; 285 — Justin Brehm, C, pinned Kael Brown 1:12.
* starting weight