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PREP ROUNDUP: North’s Gutches wins regional title

COTTAGE GROVE — North Medford junior Estella Gutches continued her dominant 2021-22 girls wrestling season, rolling to an individual title at the Southwest District Championships Saturday at Cottage Grove High School.

Gutches, the top seed at 120 pounds, pinned Destiny Cowans of Springfield in 1 minute, 41 seconds in the championship final to cap an impressive run through the bracket.

All four of Gutches’ wins Saturday were by fall and came in under two minutes as she remained perfect against girls opposition this season.

With Gutches leading the way, North Medford finished second in the team standings with 145 points. Thurston took the team title with 179 points, as Sweet Home (145), Hidden Valley (76) and Siuslaw (57) rounded out the top five.

Gutches’ Black Tornado teammate Lalaine Chan was pinned in 2:40 by Hidden Valley’s Olivia McCurdy in the 190-pound championship final. North’s Sadie Hall (100), Rocio Perez (125), Isabella Jaime (130) and Isabella Prinslow (140) all took third place in their respective weight classes.

Crater, which finished ninth with 43 points, had a pair of wrestlers make the championship finals in Sienna Caruso and Bailey Grecco. Caruso (105) was pinned in 2:56 by Thurston’s Kaylee Annis, while Grecco lost in 2:15 to Klaira Flatt of Toledo.

Eagle Point finished 12th with 38 points and had a pair of third-place finishers in Sage Teixeira (155) and Alixia Hernandez (170).

Grants Pass, which was 23rd, had Morgan Edwards finish second at 135 after a 14-2 major decision loss to Siuslaw’s Hayden Miller.

Rogue River’s Lillyan Jaramillo (190) placed third.

Sierra Samhammer, Cascade Christian’s lone wrestler, finished fourth at 135 pounds.

TEAM SCORES (TOP 10): Thurston 179, North Medford 145, Sweet Home 140, Hidden Valley 76, Siuslaw 57, Creswell 55, Oakland 52, North Bend 51, Crater 43, Elmira/Crow 40.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

100 — Chelo Garcia, Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter, pinned Kendra Jamison, Sweet Home, 1:24; 105 — Kaylee Annis, Thurston, pinned Sienna Caruso, Crater, 2:56; 110 — Destiny Weaver, Glendale, pinned Macali Lade, Siuslaw, 3:47; 115 — Paige Chafin, Sweet Home, pinned Kyleigh Fradelis, North Bend, :41; 120 — Estella Gutches, North Medford, pinned Destiny Cowans, Springfield, 1:41.

125 — Klaira Flatt, Toledo, dec. Kaili Kirkhart, Oakridge, 5-1; 130 — Kristal Zamora, Thurston, dec. Juliette Wolf, Illinois Valley, 4-0; 135 — Hayden Muller, Siuslaw, major dec. Morgan Edwards, Grants Pass, 14-2; 140 — Brielle Brick, Creswell, dec. Megan Peterson, Hidden Valley, 6-2.

145 — Averie Stockwell, Thurston, pinned Bailey Grecco, Crater, 2:15; 155 — Zoey Smalley, Douglas, pinned Gabi Gilbert, Thurston, 2:45; 170 — Kami Hart, Sweet Home, pinned Abigale Boeggeman, Hidden Valley, :38; 190 — Olivia McCurdy, Hidden Valley, pinned Lalaine Chan, North Medford, 2:40; 235 — Breanna Meek, North Valley, won by forfeit.

THIRD-PLACE FINALS

100 — Sadie Hall, North Medford, pinned Ellie Morton, Philomath, 3:09; 105 — Bella Eyler, Oakland, pinned Kelsie Rush, Sweet Home, 1:02; 110 — Zoe Vickers, Oakland, pinned Haley Buskerud, North Bend, 2:51; 115 — Aurianna Van Houten, Oakland, pinned Rachael Graves, Thurston, 2:17; 120 — Allison Palluck, Cottage Grove, dec. Liberty Barklow, Elmira/Crow, 4-0.

125 — Rocio Perez, North Medford, pinned Katarina Jentzsch, Elmira/Crow, 2:41; 130 — Isabella Jaime, North Medford, dec. Megan LaCombe, Hidden Valley, 8-2; 135 — Jennalyn Kruger, Creswell, tie breaker Sierra Samhammer, Cascade Christian, 8-7; 140 — Isabella Prinslow, North Medford, pinned, Kaylene Zajic, Sweet Home, :48.

145 — Olivia Froehlich, North Eugene, pinned Sydnee King, Junction City, 3:16; 155 — Sage Teixeira, Eagle Point, pinned Kaydee Brinas, North Bend, 3:29; 170 — Alixia Hernandez, Eagle Point, pinned Clara Fausett, South Eugene, 2:00; 190 — Lillyan Jaramillo, Rogue River, pinned Melanie Weinhold, Thurston, :38.

Swimming

SWC CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Cottage Grove, North Medford sophomore Dylan Wittenberg earned a pair of individual titles in the boys meet and South Medford sophomore Ellie Carson won one title and placed second in another girls event to highlight action at the Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic Center.

Wittenberg won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 46.99 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 48.65 seconds.

Carson touched first in the 200 free in 2:01.97 to join Wittenberg in automatically qualifying for the Feb. 18 state meet. Carson also finished second in the 500 free in 5:32.33 and will have to wait until the completion of other district meets next weekend to see if that time was good enough for a wild card spot.

Also in the girls meet, North Medford’s Eva Ringger placed second in the 100 free (57.26) and fellow Black Tornado freshman Mila Lavelle was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.93). Both await their wild-card status for state.

One week after South Medford junior Cole Schiffer broke a 34-year old school record in the 100 breaststroke by finishing in 1:05.78, an injury slowed his chances Saturday and he finished fourth in the event in 1:07.54.

BOYS TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 427.5, South Eugene 375, Roseburg 314.5, Sheldon 303.5, South Medford 220.5, North Medford 93.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 439, Grants pass 3553, Sheldon 314, Roseburg 254, North Medford 210, South Medford 207.

VALLEY INVITATIONAL: At Grants Pass, Annikka Fetro of St. Mary’s won two individual girls events and the Crusaders saw Lucas Impert, Caleb Bingham and Asa Frisbee each win one boys event in Friday’s action at the Grants Pass YMCA.

Fetro won the 200-yard individual medley (2:38.52) and 100 butterfly (1:11.99)

Heidi Taylor placed second in the 200 freestyle (2:21.56) and 100 fly (1:14.10) for Phoenix, which also got runner-up efforts from Emily Montoya (500 free, 7:03.18), Laurelin Jansen (100 back, 1:19.27) and Sophia Stubblefield (100 breaststroke, 1:29.75).

Stubblefield, Rose Moser, Jansen and Taylor also teamed to help Phoenix win the 400 free relay in 4:33.11.

Cascade Christian posted the top three finishes in the 50 free from Joezie Mitchell (27.09), Maile Scaglione (28.16) and Josie Scaglione (29.12). Maile Scaglione also placed second in the 100 free (1:03.57).

On the boys side, Impert won the 200 I.M. in 2:35.57, Bingham won the 100 back in 1:04.32 and Frisbee won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.29 for St. Mary’s. Max Medley joined the trio to win the 200 medley relay for the Crusaders in 1:55.16.

Impert (100 fly, 1:06.08), Bingham (100 free, 54.11) and Frisbee (50 free, 22.12) also added second-place efforts.

For Phoenix, Elwood Hosking placed second in the 200 free (2:20.40) and Sean Donohue was second in the 500 free (8:12.42).

BOYS TEAM SCORES: Klamath Union 94, St. Mary’s 73, Phoenix 50, North Valley 47, Reedsport 4.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Klamath Union 79, Phoenix 67, St. Mary’s 49, Cascade Christian 46, Hidden Valley 28, North Valley 3.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Estella Gutches, right, won the district championship at 120 pounds on Saturday and teammate Sadie Hall placed third at 100.