PORTLAND — North Medford wrestling coach Nolan Harris hinted that his team may have been intimidated at the state tournament last year.
He didn't sense that this season, but the results remained frustratingly familiar for the second-year Black Tornado coach on the opening day of the Class 6A state tournament at the Memorial Coliseum.
North Medford, after an encouraging showing at the Southwest Conference district tournament, saw just one of its five district champions advance in Thursday's first round and only three of its 11 total wrestlers.
"I felt that we wrestled a little bit not to lose in some of those matches we lost," Harris said. "We've got to go out there to win. We've got to rise to the occasion if we are going to accomplish what we want to accomplish."
Junior 145-pounder Ryan Mahoney was North Medford's only district champion to avoid a first-round defeat. He beat fourth-seeded Spencer Kaufman of North Salem in overtime 10-8. The Black Tornado's Chris McFall (103) and Ammon Ebert (135) also reached today's quarterfinal round.
Others weren't so fortunate.
Cory Haggans (152), Mark Dickison (171), Kody Bonham (189) and Robert Ross (285) — all SWC title winners — lost on Day 1. Third-seeded Kade Peden, North Medford's lone returning state-placer, also dropped his first match of the day at 160.
"I don't know that they were totally intimidated by the atmosphere," Harris said. "Maybe they were a little apprehensive about where we sat in the bracket. We just lost close matches that we need to win at this level to have success. I don't know what it was."
The Black Tornado earned a modicum of revenge in the consolation rounds with Haggans, Bonham and Ross surviving to Day 2.
South Medford senior Ken Hyland reached the quarterfinals with a dominating win in the 160-pound bracket. The Panthers' only state qualifier pinned Newberg's Aaron Boggs in 1:29.
North Medford sits in eighth place with 33.5 team points. Newberg is in first with 62.
Two-time defending champion Roseburg suffered a blow to its title hopes when defending state champion Seth Thomas didn't make weight by four-tenths of a pound. The Indians stand fourth with 54 points.
Grants Pass, which sent three to the quarterfinals, is tied for 17th with 20.5 points.
Many of the other Rogue Valley teams opened the tournament with few surprises.
Southern Sky Conference foes Eagle Point and Crater each advanced nine wrestlers to the quarterfinals. The Comets' Skyler Prislac (112), Jeremy Artoff (112), Nick Ferris (125), Brysen Winner (135), Brock Gutches (152), Kenny Fahndrich (160), Logan Brooks (189), Darrio Mobley (215) and Brandon Hesse (285) advanced.
Gutches, a defending state champion, and Fahndrich are the top seeds in their respective weight classes. Gutches looked the part as he pinned Hunter Woods in 1:03 while Fahndrich escaped with an 11-10 victory.
"We took a couple hits, but it's about what we expected," said Crater coach Denny Walters, who is leading the Comets in their first state tournament since the suspension of longtime coach Greg Haga. "There is a lot of wrestling left. I'm not exactly where I want to be, but that's wrestling. Right now is where the heart comes in. They've worked extremely hard and have gone through a lot with our program, obviously, this year. Now is the time to step up."
Artoff's win, a 12-2 major decision, came against sixth-seeded Amy Bloom of Lebanon.
Eagle Point sent Aaron Lorenz (103), Ben Zomerdyk (119), Daniel Soto (119), Trent Kaiser (130), Chris Wilson (140), Josh Winter (145), Garrett Davis (152), Gage Baumer (160) and Steven Josephson (171) into the quarterfinals.
Davis pinned second-seeded Kurry King of Glencoe, a third-place finisher at state last season, in 1:52.
"In my mind, that's not an upset," Eagle Point coach Kacey McNulty said of Davis' win. "But Garrett's kind of unknown, and he matched up with a seeded kid right off the bat because he was second in his district. Second behind Brock Gutches is not a bad thing."
The Eagles have just one wrestler remaining in the consolation bracket with 140-pounder Jake Gallo advancing. Crater has four wrestlers looking to place in the consolation bracket — Truman Winningham (103), Mike Macuk (119), Chance Fahndrich (145) and Jeremy Swing (160).
Crater sits in third place with 41 team points while Eagle Point is fourth with 38.5. First-place Hermiston has 76 points.
Ashland sent one wrestler to the quarterfinals (145-pounder Jake Scarminach) and has one still battling in the consolation bracket (171-pounder Issa Shahin). The Grizzlies are tied for 25th with nine points.
All three of Phoenix's Skyline Conference champions advanced to the quarterfinals in fourth-seeded Ryan Tourville (135), third-seeded Josh Warden (152) and Alex Machado (189). Freshman Eleazar Deluca (140) and Emmet Hettum (160) also were winners in the first round.
Deluca, ranked No. 2 in the state most of the year behind Illinois Valley's Sam Winter, won a 5-2 decision over second-seeded Brock Crocker of Sweet Home. Crocker, a junior, finished fourth at state last season.
"It wasn't as pretty as it could have been, but he got the job done," said Phoenix coach John Farmer, who's had high praise for his freshman all season.
Tourville faces Illinois Valley's Quayde Fisher today in the quarterfinals. Tourville defeated Fisher 10-6 last week for the Skyline Conference title.
Phoenix sits in 13th place with 31 points. Sweet Home is first with 56.
Illinois Valley, which advanced seven in the championship bracket, is 10th with 37 points.
Quarterfinal matches begin today at 9 a.m.
State Wrestling Tournament
Thursday's Area Results
At Memorial Coliseum, Portland
TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — 1, Newberg 62; 2, Sprague 58; 3, Oregon City 57; 4, Roseburg 54; 5, McNary 44; 6, Southridge 38; 7, Canby 37; 8, North Medford 33.5; 9, Tualatin 33; 10, Hood River Valley 29.
OTHER LOCAL SCORES — t-17, Grants Pass 20.5; t-34, South Medford 4.
135 — Ammon Ebert, NM, dec. Nick Hettinga, Newberg, 5-4; 152 — Cory Haggans, NM, pinned Evan West, Franklin, :30; 160 — Brandon Griffin, Sprague, pinned Kade Peden, NM, 3:07; 171 — Miles Hygelund, Canby, pinned Mark Dickison, NM, 3:23; 189 — Kody Bonham, NM, dec. Charlie Reed-Dustin, 8-3.
103 — Chris McFall, NM, pinned Ernesto Escobar, Westview, 3:54; 112 — Brady Fisher, Oregon City, maj. dec. Tanner Hageman, GP, 10-0; Nathan Paiader, GP, pinned Anthony Leonardo, Clackamas, 5:38; 119 — Tommy Siciliano, Newberg, pinned Luke Collins, GP, 1:05; Hans Bernhard, Wilson, pinned Kohl Damon, NM, 5:58; 130 — Justin Eldred, GP, tech. fall Jeremiah Cole, Gresham, 3:40; 135 — Ammon Ebert, NM, dec. Dennis Mowery, Sandy, 5-2.
140 — Jacob Kaufman, Newberg, pinned Cody Wedman, NM, 1:34; Dylan Fauver, GP, pinned Jonathan Osborne, Barlow, 1:30; 145 — Ryan Mahoney, NM, dec. Spencer Kaufman, North Salem, 10-8 OT; 152 — Andi Hart, McMinnville, dec. Cory Haggans, NM, 4-2; 160 — Ken Hyland, SM, pinned Aaron Boggs, Newberg, 1:29; Jacob Morris, Oregon City, dec. Jose Cruz, GP, 9-2.
171 — Mitchell Wilhelmi, Oregon City, pinned Jessie Hornbrook, NM, 5:27; 189 — Scott Kryskalla, West Salem, dec. Kody Bonham, NM, 6-4; 215 — Tanner Krahel, Aloha, pinned Johnny Konieczny, GP, 1:49; 285 — Koby Pederson, McNary, dec. Robert Ross, NM, 13-5; Cris Corral, McNary, pinned Aaron Stine, GP, 2:42.
119 — Luke Collins, GP, win by forfeit over Mitch Bowling, McKay; 125 — Jordan Brewer, Oregon City, pinned Kohl Damon, NM, 4:36; 140 — Cody Wedman, NM, dec. Gordon Iverson, Canby, 5-3; Cory Haggans, NM, tech. fall Darin Verhoest, Sunset, 4:50; 160 — Kade Peden, NM, dec. Jose Cruz, GP, 8-7; 171 — Mark Dickison, NM, maj. dec. Alex Keezel, Westview, 11-3; 189 — Kody Bonham, NM, pinned Luiz DeCamargo, South Eugene, 4:55.
103 — Nick Grow, GP, pinned Scott Lantz, Putnam, :34; 112 — Jake Neal, Aloha, maj. dec. Tanner Hageman, GP, 8-0; 119 — Luke Collins, GP, pinned Tommy Malcolm, Southridge, :30; 140 — Jonathan Osborne, Barlow, pinned Cody Wedman, NM, :45; 152 — Cory Haggans, NM, pinned Jonathan McKinney, Beaverton, :37; 160 — Aaron Mallon, Hood River Valley, dec. Kade Peden, NM, 9-4; 171 — Thomas Church, Sprague, dec. Mark Dickison, 4-2; Tyler Hoecker, Centennial, dec. Jessie Hornbrook, NM, 12-5; 189 — Kody Bonham, NM, maj. dec. Mike MacClanathan, West Linn, 10-1; 215 — Tyree Barton, Beaverton, pinned Johnny Konieczny, GP, 2:58; 285 — Robert Ross, pinned Nick Smith, Wilson, 2:13.
TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — 1, Hermiston 76; 2, Thurston 44; 3, Crater 41; 4, Eagle Point 38.5; 5, Hillsboro 36; t-6, Century 30; t-6 West Albany 30; 8, Madras 26.5; 9, Glencoe 25.5; 10, Churchill 25.
OTHER LOCAL SCORES — t-25, Ashland 9.
130 — Trent Kaiser, EP, dec. Chase Kearney, Churchill, 13-9; Cody Remington, Ash, dec. Tyler Henry, Lebanon, 8-2; 140 — Jake Gallo, EP, pinned Carlos McCall, Jefferson, 1:33; 160 — Gage Baumer, EP, dec. Kody Campbell, Marshfield, 9-8; 171 — Garrett Wells, Crescent Valley, dec. Taylor Marasco, EP, 11-10.
103 — Aaron Lorenz, EP, tech. fall Shayne Charette, Cleveland, 6:00; Joe Potts, Churchill, pinned Mario Barajas, EP, 2:27; Gerardo Linerez, West Albany, pinned Truman Winningham, Crater, 4:39; 112 — Skyler Prislac, Crater, maj. dec. Dustin Raines, Pendleton, 11-2; Jeremy Artoff, Crater, maj. dec. Amy Bloom, Lebanon, 12-2; 119 — Ben Zomerdyk, EP, maj. dec. Connor Clarke, Sherwood, 14-5; Daniel Soto, EP, maj. dec. Nick Cummings, Wilsonville, 11-1; 125 — Nick Ferris, Crater, dec. Cody Sitton, 7-5 OT; Jake Wilson, Cleveland, dec. Travis Woods, EP, 10-4; 130 — Trent Kaiser, EP, dec. Stephen Scranton, Madras, 7-5; Brandon Adolf, Hermiston, pinned Cody Remington, Ash, :49; 135 — Brysen Winner, Crater, pinned Antonio Gray, Jefferson, 4:45; Craig Trask, Lebanon, pinned Wyatt Self, Crater, :37.
140 — Chris Wilson, EP, dec. Robbie Bird, Thurston, 18-14; Steven Sturdevant, Thurston, pinned Brandon Montague, Crater, 5:07; Eli Marvin, West Albany, pinned Jake Gallo, Crater, 1:41; 145 — Josh Winter, EP, pinned Travis Naeve, Liberty, 5:05; Jake Scarminach, Ashland, maj. dec. Ethan Parks, Hermiston, 8-0; Tarrence Williams, Jefferson, tech. fall Chance Fahndrich, Crater, 3:40; 152 — Brock Gutches, Crater, pinned Hunter Woods, The Dalles Wahtonka, 1:03; Garrett Davis, EP, pinned Kurry King, Glencoe, 1:52; Joe Ashby, Hillsboro, dec. Zach Baldridge, Crater, 7-5; 160 — Kenny Fahndrich, Crater, dec. Trevor Mannen, Glencoe, 11-10; Gage Baumer, EP, pinned Jeff McNealy, Roosevelt, 1:02; Dillan Massey, Hermiston, maj. dec. Jeremiah Swing, Crater, 9-0.
171 — Steven Josephson, EP, pinned Jonathan Derr, Churchill, 1:17; Gabe Starr, Silverton, dec. Issa Shahin, Ash, 4-0; 189 — Logan Brooks, Crater, pinned Billy Gunther, Century, 1:37; Trenton Johnson, Dallas, dec. Gerald Jakabosky, Crater, 7-5; 215 — Darrio Mobley, Crater, maj. dec. David Liebe, Hermiston, 10-1; 285 — Brandon Hesse, Crater, pinned Shay Riggs, North Eugene, 4:43; Brandon Murphy, West Albany, pinned Sam Cowan, Ashland, 1:21.
103 — Jake Griesenauer, Silverton, dec. Mario Barajas, EP, 8-5; 119 — Mike Macuk, Crater, dec. Seth Mantia, Cleveland, 5-4; 135 — Tyler Cremer, South Albany, pinned Wyatt Self, Crater, 3:20; 140 — Garrett Miller, West Albany, dec. Brandon Montague, Crater, 10-9; 160 — Jeremiah Swing, Crater, pinned Bruno Beccera, Liberty, 2:06; 171 — Issa Shahin, Ashland, dec. Taylor Marasco, EP, 4-2 OT; 189 — David Hyneman, St. Helens, dec. Gerald Jakabosky, Crater, 11-7.
103 — Truman Winningham, Crater, dec. Korbin Hawes, Thurston, 5-3; 119 — Mike Macuk, Crater, pinned Matt Wilkins, Roosevelt, :27; 125 — Brad Thomas, Hermiston, dec. Travis Woods, EP, 7-3; 130 — Chris Elam, Marshall, maj. dec. Cody remington, Ashland, 11-2; 140 — Jake Gallo, EP, dec. Eddie Petrie, Cleveland, 7-1; 145 — Chance Fahndrich, Crater, pinned Jeff Halcott, Thurston, 3:52; 152 — Taylor Coyle, Crook County, dec. Zach Baldridge, Crater, 7-6; 160 — Jeremiah Swing, Crater, dec. Mitch Glasser, West Albany, 7-1; 171 — Issa Shahin, Ashland, pinned Zac Mendoza, Cleveland, 1:44; 285 — Joe Mead, Glencoe, pinned Sam Cowan, Ashland, :37.
TEAM SCORES (Top 10) — 1, Sweet Home 56; 2, McLoughlin 47; 3, Cottage Grove 46; 4, Henley 45; t-5 Scappoose 44; t-5, Tillamook 44; t-7, Estacada 42.5; t-7, La Grande 42.5; 9, Ontario 37.5; 10, Illinois Valley, 37.
OTHER LOCAL SCORES — 13, Phoenix 31; t-28, North Valley 8; 37, Hidden Valley 3.
103 — Jesse Orndoff, IV, pinned Kyle Lucore, Astoria, :51; Francisco Hernandez, La Grande, pinned Chase Weir, IV, :51; Travis Turpin, Gladstone, pinned Brandon Dutton, HV, 1:55; 135 — Ryan Tourville, Phoenix, maj. dec. Dillion Schieno, Tillamook, 9-1; 140 — Matt Coultas, IV, maj. dec. Jake Fletcher, North Bend, 11-2; 145 — Frank Lopez, Ontario, wins by forfeit over James Martz, NV; Robert Amstutz, Phoenix, dec. Cody Keen, Philomath, 6-4; 171 — Brett Crader, Phoenix, dec. Lawrence Timmons, McLoughlin, 9-3; 189 — Ted Shaw, Baker, pinned Mike Russell, HV, 1:36; 285 — John Florey, Phoenix, dec. Andrew Jones, Scappoose, 4-2.
103 — Jesse Orndoff, IV, pinned Pete Peterson, Brookings-Harbor, 5:00; 112 — Chris Culver, IV, pinned Dylan Beneat, Marist, :31; Moe Brison, LaPine, dec. Kris Renfro, Phoenix, 9-2; Ryan Bullock, McLoughlin, pinned Caleb Glanz, Phoenix, 3:02; 119 — Jake Marshall, Molalla, pinned Riley Dodd, Phoenix, 3:06; 125 — Jon Anderson, IV, dec. David Yecha, Douglas, 4-2; 130 — Dustin Woosley, Tillamook, pinned James Bowers, NV, 1:43; Andrew Porter, Baker, dec. Seth Sotelo, HV, 8-6 OT; 135 — Ryan Tourville, Phoenix, pinned Brayden Calder, Philomath, 4:46; Quayde Fisher, IV, dec. Dalton Sheets, McLaughlin, 10-9.
140 — Sam Winter, IV, maj. dec. Tyler Stahlnecker, LaPine, 9-0; Elezar Deluca, Phoenix, dec. Brock Crocker, Sweet Home, 5-2; Tyler Blythe, Stayton, pinned Matt Coultas, 3:08; 145 — Nathan Teel, Estacada, pinned Robert Amstutz, Phoenix, 5:30; 152 — Josh Warden, Phoenix, pinned Jacob Jewell, Sweet Home, 1:24; 160 — Emmet Hettum, Phoenix, pinned Mitchell Wilcox, Taft, 1:27; Cody Anders, Estacada, pinned Thomas Warden, Phoenix, 2:53.
171 — Landy Wells, IV, pinned Max Nicholson, La Grande, 1:34; Brian Philpott, Sutherlin, dec. Brett Carder, Phoenix, 8-7; 189 — Alex Machado, Phoenix, pinned Tanner DeWitt, La Grande, 3:57; Travis George, NV, pinned Brixton Apon, Scappoose, 3:40; 215 — Lance Tausaga, IV, pinned Alex Swyneberg, Seaside, 3:43; Nick Watts, McLoughlin, pinned Jarred Houston, IV, :51; 285 — Paul Gutzman, NV, pinned Zane Wise, Sweet Home, :30; Marcus Cuellar, Central, pinned John Florey, Phoenix, 2:46.
103 — Tanner Greeson, Tillamook, pinned Chase Weir, IV, 1:34; 112 — Caleb Glanz, Phoenix, pinned Dustin Parker, Taft, 2:36; Shane Licari, Estacada, pinned Kris Renfro, Phoenix, 2:30; 119 — Patrick Sheets, McLoughlin, dec. Riley Dodd, Phoenix, 3-1; 125 — Tanner Tyler, Pleasant Hill, pinned Brandon Dutton, HV, 1:34; 130 — Guy Russell, South Umpqua, pinned James Bowers, NV, :49; 145 — James Martz, NV, double forefit, TJ Sandstrom, Banks; Tyson Dahl, Douglas, dec. Robert Amstutz, Phoenix, 8-1; 160 — Nick Garcia, North Bend, dec. Thomas Warden, Phoenix, 2-1; 189 — Mike Russell, HV, pinned Brixton Apon, Scappoose, 1:46; 215 — Jarred Houston, IV, pinned Nate Hamilton, Henley, 4:23.
112 — Christian Mallare, Tillamook, dec. Caleb Glanz, Phoenix, 6-4; 130 — Marcus Hartwig, Philomath, dec. Seth Sotelo, HV, 4-2; 140 — Matt Coultas, IV, dec. Zach Smith, Scappoose, 2-0; 171 — Brett Carder, Phoenix, dec. Michael Harry, Sweet Home, 5-3 OT; 189 — Cody Hayner, Newport, pinned, Mike Russell, HV, 4:21; 215 — Jarred Houston, IV, pinned Alex Purcil, Estacada, 2:22; 285 — Jason Alvarado, Ontario, pinned John Florey, Phoenix, 3:42.
Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail email@example.com