Crater cleans up at EP Invitational
Crater wrestling coach Greg Haga gave his team a little break to rest up over the holidays but the Comets hit it hard in recent days and were more than ready to show off Saturday at the 14-team Eagle Point Invitational.
Crater crowned a champion at 11 of the 14 weight classes — boasting both finalists at three weights — to win the annual event going away at Eagle Point High with 503.5 points.
Runner-up Eagle Point scored 215.5 points and earned two of the remaining three championships.
“I was real happy with our young kids, definitely,” said Haga. “We just have a real good group of kids that like to work hard and get after it.”
Haga said he was especially pleased with the efforts of heavyweight champion Kaden Olson, 220 champion Aric Adams, 152 finalists Kabb Christianson and Ayden Kerrigan, 132 finalists Brayden Gray and Matthew Bolanos and 106 champion Ryan McCarty.
Olson faced a tough challenge in Rogue River heavyweight Danny Herinckx but won 5-1; Adams made his first appearance at 220 and pinned Rogue River’s Gabe Tambellini in the finals; Christianson pinned Kerrigan in the second round and both were up from the junior varsity; freshmen Gray and Bolanos were both unseeded, and Gray won by fall; McCarty is undersized at 98 pounds but still fended off Mazama’s Kyler Pemberton for a fall in 4 minutes, 12 seconds.
Also earning titles for Crater were Tanner Ulrey (120), Angel Diaz (126), Colby Meek (145), Nathan Santoni (160), Logan Lowder (170) and Tony Flores (195). Luis Duarte was second to Rogue River’s Dyllan Houser at 182 and Isaiah Griffith was second for the Comets at 145.
Eagle Point’s Trigger Weyers (113) and Bradey Thrash (138) earned championships, with second-place efforts by Gabriel Smith (113), Freddy Barajas (120) and Josh Sitzer (170) giving the Eagles a boost.
EAGLE POINT INVITATIONAL
TEAM SCORES: Crater 503.5, Eagle Point 215.5, Mazama 153, Hidden Valley 146.5, Rogue River 84, Myrtle Point 62, Ashland 59, Phoenix 56.5, South Umpqua 56.5, Coquille 51.5, Gold Beach 50, Klamath Union 41, Brookings-Harbor 27, Cascade Christian 15.
106 — Ryan McCarty, Cra, pinned Kyler Pemberton, Maz, 4:12; 113 — Trigger Weyers, EP, 4-0 round-robin; 120 — Tanner Ulrey, Cra, dec. Freddy Barajas, EP, 7-3; 126 — Angel Diaz, Cra, dec. Isaiah Franco, KU, 9-6; 132 — Brayden Gray, Cra, pinned Matthew Bolanos, Cra, 2:32.
138 — Bradey Thrash, EP, tech. fall Jacob Hughes, HV, 16-0; 145 — Colby Meek, Cra, pinned Isaiah Griffith, Cra, 2:40; 152 — Kabb Christianson, Cra, pinned Ayden Kerrigan, Cra, 2:16; 160 — Nathan Santoni, Cra, major dec. Brayden Clayburn, Coq, 15-4.
170 — Logan Lowder, Cra, pinned Josh Sitzer, EP, 1:16; 182 — Dyllan Houser, RR, dec. Luis Duarte, Cra, 7-2; 195 — Tony Flores, Cra, dec. Dustin Brown, HV, 9-7 OT; 220 — Aric Adams, Cra, pinned Gabe Tambellini, RR, 5:29; 285 — Kaden Olson, Cra, dec. Danny Herinckx, RR, 5-1.
106 — Luke Callahan, EP, pinned Mattie Wilkerson, EP, 1:05; 113 — Gabriel Smith, EP, 3-1 round-robin; 120 — Hunter Lucas, HV, pinned Tony Florez, Coq, :14; 126 — Tyler Huerta, MP, pinned Dylan Edwards, GB, 3:43; 132 — Clifford Johnson, MP, pinned Justin Ivy, Maz, 1:34.
138 — Kellen Kerrigan, Cra, pinned PD Matthews, MP, 2:29; 145 — Hunter Hiatt, Cra, pinned Sage Garrington, Coq, :36; 152 — Brian De La Cruz, EP, pinned Noah Cornett, Ash, 1:38; 160 — Cajun Simmons, SU, tech. fall Kelvonte Dawsey, B-H, 15-0.
170 — Angel Perez, Cra, pinned Nathan Garcia, EP, 1:58; 182 — Tanner Lee, Cra, inj. default Trevor Fulton, Ash; 195 — Darren Bright, GB, dec. Dominic Hankins, Maz, 9-7; 220 — Noah Allison, CC, pinned Cole Crawford, Cra, :54; 285 — Isaiah Mays, Cra, pinned Christopher Woods, HV, 1:24.
NOR CAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Anderson, Calif., Phoenix secured three top-four efforts and finished 10th overall with 94.5 points in the California tournament.
Jacky Hawkins paced the Pirates, placing second at 145 pounds after a 20-9 major decision setback to Foothill’s Chris Ostegren in the championship finals.
Also for Phoenix, Ezra DeLuca (113) placed third behind a 9-7 win over host Anderson’s BIlly Smith, and Mike Walker (152) was fourth after being pinned in the first round by Shasta’s Aydin Facey.
South Medford finished 13th with 83.5 points, and Killian Cosgrove led the way by placing fourth at 132 pounds.
West Valley of Cottonwood, California, edged Casa Grande 169.6-166.5 for the overall team title.
NORTH BOYS THIRD: At Grants Pass, North Medford, led by Daniel Olson, placed third in the 15-team Southern Oregon High School Invitational at the Grants Pass YMCA.
Olson won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 medley relay.
Roseburg won the team event with 307 points, followed by Grants Pass with 279 and North Medford with 272.
In the girls meet, Grants Pass scored 372 points to outdistance runner-up Sheldon (355).
Olson, a junior, took the 500 free in 22.48, ahead of second-place Alec Shepherd of Phoenix (22.93). Olson’s winning time in the 100 free was 49.92 seconds.
He teamed with Parker Perez, William Anderson and Levi Buker to win the medley relay in 1:46.98.
Shepherd claimed victory in the 100 butterfly in 56.92.
Ashland’s Chris Crownfelter was an individual and relay winner, capturing the 100 backstroke in 57.33 and teaming with Baylor Wiggins, Harry Ross and Hunter Oliver to claim the 400 free relay in 3:31.10.
North’s Anderson added a first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.27, and St. Mary’s Asa Frisbee took the 500 free in 5:20.16.
BOYS TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 307, Grants Pass 279, North Medford 272, Sheldon 253, Ashland 235, Klamath Union 152, Henley 127, St. Mary’s 110, Phoenix 93, South Medford 73, North Valley 65, Crater 48, Cascade Christian 27, Mazama 23, Hidden Valley 16.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 372, Sheldon 355, Roseburg 244, Henley 224, South Medford 216, Ashland 145, North Medford 141, St. Mary’s 92, North Valley 85, Klamath Union 79, Hidden Valley 53, Crater 49, Phoenix 46, Mazama 21, Lost River 13