Comets in fourth in massive tourney

RENO — Crater worked its way into fourth place out of 95 teams on the opening day of the two-day Sierra-Nevada Classic wrestling tournament Thursday at the Reno Livestock Convention Center.

Crater, which has 84 points, advanced eight wrestlers into today's championship and consolation quarterfinals.

Caldwell (Idaho) leads with 91.5 points, followed by El Dorado (Calif.) with 89 and Los Gatos (Calif.) with 85.

Two Comets are alive in the championship round. Brock Gutches pinned his three opponents at 145 pounds and improved his season record to 19-1. Tony Ferris also went 3-0 at 135.

Crater wrestlers in the consolation bracket are Mike Macuk at 103, Tyler Winter at 152, Zach Young at 171, Logan Brooks at 189, Dario Mobley at 215 and Brandon Hesse in the heavyweight division.

Young's performance was especially impressive. He drew the No. 1 seed in his first match and was defeated, then rallied to win his next four matches.

"He had kind of a bad draw," said coach Greg Haga, "but he's been wrestling real tough ever since."

PIRATES UNBEATEN — At Phoenix, Phoenix went undefeated in five dual matches in its own tournament and had a half-dozen wrestlers complete the day with perfect records.

Seven teams participated and each wrestled five duals.

The final bout pitting Phoenix and North Medford proved to be the marquee matchup. Both teams entered unbeaten, but the Pirates rolled to a 52-15 triumph.

In the tournament, Phoenix's Emmet Hettum and Josh Baker stood out.

Hettum, a sophomore wrestling up a weight class, won all of his matches by fall at 160 pounds. In one match, he trailed by a sizable margin before turning the tables.

At 112, Pirates junior Josh Baker continued to raise the level of his wrestling, said coach John Farmer, in winning all of his matches.

Other Phoenix matmen to go undefeated were 2007 state champion Noah Berman (189), Robbie Blubaugh (125), Ryan Black (135) and Luke Amuchastegui (140).

North Medford had two wrestlers go undefeated and two others that had strong showings.

Cory Haggans (152) and Cody Wedman (130) each compiled 5-0 marks. Mark Dickison was 4-1 at 160 and Kody Bonham 3-2 at 189 and 215.

North Medford will host 11 other teams — including Phoenix — in the Rogue Valley Championship s on Saturday. The tournament begins at 9 a.m., with title matches at 4:30 p.m.

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