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Shahin, Scarminach fare well at EP meet

Ashland High junior Issa Shahin took second in the 171-pound weight class and teammate Jake Scarminach placed fifth at 152 as the Grizzlies were well represented Saturday at the Eagle Point Invitational.

Shahin, who entered the meet unseeded, won an 8-4 decision over the No. 4-seeded wrestler in the quarterfinals, then shocked North Medford's Mark Dickison, the No. 1 seed, 12-6 in the semifinals.

Shahin was finally stopped in the finals, dropping a 5-2 decision.

"Issa's starting to peak right now," said Ashland head coach Joe Crane, "and if he can continue to work the way he's been working in practice and adding to it, he's going to be sitting pretty to make a great run at a state championship."

Scarminach also proved he should be mentioned among the state's elite, winning three straight matches after a first-round loss.

Ashland hits the road again Thursday for a Southern Sky Conference dual against Mazama.

College Wrestling

The Southern Oregon wrestling team moved back to No. 2 in this week's NAIA Top 20 Coaches Poll.

The Raiders (16-1) had slipped from No. 2 to No. 5 two weeks ago after winning the National Dual Meet Championship.

Defending NAIA National Champion Lindenwood remains at No. 1, followed by SOU, McKendree, Great Falls and Dickinson State.

SOU has six individuals ranked this week.

Heavyweight John Bates continues to anchor down the top spot in his weight division after racing out to a 19-5 record.

Barry Johnson (24-3) is remains second at 141 and freshman Mitchell Lofstedt (28-8) has moved up to third at 125.

The other three ranked Raiders are Seth Roy (fifth, 149), Tommie Hooper (sixth, 157) and Chris Platt (sixth, 184).

SOU also appeared on the cover of WIN magazine this week, with a story on the Raiders' victory at the National Dual Meet Championship. WIN Magazine can be found at www.win-magazine.com.

SOU takes on Pacific University Friday night in Forest Grove.