ORLAND, Calif. — The Crater High wrestling team finished first out of 17 schools Saturday in a tournament held at Orland High.
The defending-state champion Comets sent six to the finals and came away with four individual winners: Zeth Brower (120 pounds), Hunter Wilson (132), Dallas Howard (152) and Logan Meek (160). All four went 4-0 on the day, while Brower, Wilson and Meek won all four of their matches by fall.
Taking second place for Crater were Tony Flores (195) and Isaiah Griffith (138), who both finished 3-1.
In team scoring, the Comets dominated with 244 points, distancing themselves from second-place Foothill of Redding, California, which had 149.
“Our kids performed really well,” Crater coach Greg Haga said, noting that his wrestlers’ superior conditioning in the early season helped them gas out their opponents and score a lot of early points in their matches.
DAN VIDLAK INVITATIONAL: At Murphy, Eagle Point finished first in the eight-team tournament held at Hidden Valley High.
The Eagles had three individual champions, sophomore Freddy Barajas (106 pounds), senior Thomas Zomerdyk (113) and sophomore Joray Red Horse (182); in addition to five other finalists, junior Trigger Weyers (106), freshman Noe Cortes (113), Vicente Garcia (126), junior Bradey Thrash (132) and senior Jacob Hull (220).
In team scoring, Eagle Point finished with 228.0, edging past runner-up host Hidden Valley (199.5).
South Medford, meanwhile, was third in team scoring with 173.0.
Missing several varsity starters who were playing in Saturday’s football championship game against Clackamas, the Panthers sent four to the finals, where junior Carlos Camacho took first place at 170 pounds. Finishing second were junior Brinson Scott (120), freshman Lucas Rivera (145) and senior Josh Beachler (160).
TYRONE S. WOODS MEMORIAL: At Oregon City, North Medford placed second in the 21-team tournament despite missing several wrestlers due to illness and SAT testing.
The Black Tornado led by nine points heading into the finals, where Camas of Washington surged past North, winning all four of its championship matches, including a head-to-head against North, outscoring the Tornado 250.5-232.5.
Chase Mitchell, a senior who went 5-0, captured the lone individual title for North, winning at 126 pounds.
Making the finals and finishing 4-1 were Enrique Jamie (120), Julian Stone (heavyweight) and Benjamin Zeigler (138).
Cole Zoller also went 4-1 on the day, taking third place at 132 pounds.