McKinnis leads Raiders at Mike Clock Open

FOREST GROVE — C.J. McKinnis earned second place at 174 pounds to head the Southern Oregon men's wrestling team's efforts on Sunday at Pacific University's Mike Clock Open.

The ninth-ranked Raiders saw mostly junior college competition at the all-day tournament. Chandler Michael (149 pounds), Hunter Hodges (157) and Tanner Fischer (197) all made the semifinals of their weight brackets.

McKinnis was the only one to advance to the final, where he was pinned in 3:53 by Clackamas Community College's Dylan Reel. He won three times to get there — by 12-0 major decision against Darrien Walters of Grays Harbor, by 16-1 technical fall against Washington State's Sam Azar and by 5-4 decision against North Idaho's Hudson Mauseth.

Michael was also sharp, winning three straight matches by first-round fall to reach his semifinal. He took down Evan Castillo of Clackamas in 26 seconds, Dillon Simpson of Grays Harbor in 1:21 and Adrian Avenue of Highline in 1:17. After losing a 3-2 semifinal decision to unattached Joshua Reyes, his day ended with a medical forfeit.

Hodges got through to the 157 semis with pins of North Idaho's Thomas Stevenson (2:02) and Grays Harbor's Diego Hernandez (2:02). He was eliminated by two Clackamas wrestlers, Mitchell Willett and Dillon Ulrey, both in decisions.

Fischer, after going 2-1, met teammate Alejandro Rodriguez on the bracket in the 197 consolation semifinals but the two elected not to wrestle it out. Scottie Stockman also reached the quarterfinal round at 165 with a major decision and a pin, and Max Hane went 4-1 on the day at 184 before his outing ended with an injury default.

The Raiders wrestle next on Friday at Eastern Oregon.

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