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McKinnis, Michael victorious for SOU men

SPOKANE, Wash. — Senior Chandler Michael, Southern Oregon’s third-ranked 149-pounder, ran his record to 10-0 with a tournament title and junior 184-pounder C.J. McKinnis accompanied him in first place Sunday at the Spokane Open.

Michael stayed perfect for the Raiders with five straight wins, three of which were by fall — in 15 seconds in the first round against Southwest Oregon’s Coltyn Ringen, in 21 seconds against Umpqua’s Garrett Russell in the quarterfinals, and in 1:56 against Warner Pacific’s Vincent Washington in the semis — to give him six pins this season. In the first-place match, he defeated Providence’s Shonn Roberts, the No. 6 149-pounder in the NAIA, by 11-6 decision.

McKinnis improved to 8-1 with four victories. He pulled off two upsets, knocking off 10th-ranked Tyler Webley of Providence by 7-3 decision in the quarterfinals and 12th-ranked Steeler French of Montana State-Northern by 7-2 decision in the championship match. His other wins were over Southwest Oregon’s Quinn Simard, 7-1, and North Idaho’s Levi Perry, 17-6.

Three other Raiders placed: Tanner Fischer (197) in third, and Devin Poppen (141) and Max Hane (285) in fourth.

Fischer went 5-1 with pins of Providence’s AJ Hoggatt (1:18) and Simon Fraser’s Nolan Badovinca (2:35). He won the third-place match by medical forfeit.

Wrestling up a weight class, Poppen came back from an opening-round defeat with three consecutive pins in the consolation bracket. He stayed alive with a 9-7 sudden victory over Riley Gurr and reached the third-place match by topping North Idaho’s Salvador Silva, 9-4.

Hane picked up bonus points in his first three matches to reach the semis, taking technical falls against Big Bend’s Alex Garcia (18-0) and Clackamas’s Beau Crawford (18-0), then pinning Christian Robertson in 2:25.

Zac Wigzell (141) was also strong, recording two pins among his three victories.

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SPOKANE OPEN: At Spokane, Washington, behind individual champions Gladdys Palma and Julissa Taitano, Southern Oregon finished second to Simon Fraser in the team standings Sunday at the Spokane Open.

The Raiders put 11 individuals in the top-six of their respective weight classes, including second-place Kaylee Gaines (116 pounds) and Sienna Ramirez (143), and third-place Nevina DeLuca (130) and Taea Regua (191).

Taitano, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., was perfect in four matches in a 136-pound round robin. She worked technical falls in every contest, defeating Providence’s Jenna Awana (12-2), Grays Harbor’s Maata Fakaosita (12-1), Simon Fraser’s Abby Chufar (13-2) and Big Bend’s Hunter Duke (10-0).

Palma had to win three times for the 143-pound title. She pinned Melissa Jacobs in 1:30 in the quarterfinals, defeated Simon Fraser’s Chloe Rogers by 6-1 decision in the semis and her teammate, Ramirez, by 9-0 decision in the championship.

Ramirez won her other two matches by decision to reach the title match. Gaines advanced to the 116 final with a decision and a technical fall.

At 130, DeLuca bounced back from a tourney-opening loss with four consecutive consolation wins, pinning Umpqua’s Angelita Sanchez in 2:36 in the third-place match. Regua went 3-1 at 191 and won by injury default in her third-place match against Warner Pacific’s Nicole Diaz.

Tara Othman took fourth place at 116, going 2-2 on the day, and Olivia Pizano placed fifth at 155 by going 4-2, recording two technical falls and a 6-1 win over Maria Enriquez in the fifth-place match.

Anesia Ramirez (130), Karrah Smith (170) and Tristyn Borden (191) checked in with sixth-place finishes.

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