REDMOND — Crater ran into a buzz saw in Crook County but otherwise came away from the Oregon Classic feeling victorious Saturday after the grueling two-day event wrapped up at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
Crater placed third in the Class 5A championship bracket, with its lone loss Saturday coming to Crook County, and saw its junior varsity team finish fourth in the consolation bracket.
“It’s a grinder and I thought our kids did a good job of focusing today and wrestling hard,” said Crater head coach Greg Haga.
Crater started Day 2 with a 36-all tie against Thursday in the quarterfinals but was able to advance on a tiebreaker by virtue of the Comets’ eight match victories to six by the Colts. In the semifinals, Crook County was dominant in winning 47-18, but Crater recovered quickly to score a 46-18 romp over Pendleton in the third-place final.
Crater’s second squad topped Hood River Valley, 48-36, before falling to Hillsboro (54-28) and Scappoose (39-24).
Leading the charge for the Comets were three wrestlers who went undefeated at the Classic in Nathan Santoni, Tanner Ulrey and Carson Lebel. Santoni finished 8-0 at 152 pounds and Ulrey was 7-0 at 120, while Lebel wrestled for the JV squad against varsity regulars and also went 7-0.
Santoni pinned Thurston’s Varney Doreen in 1 minute, 47 seconds, topped Crook County’s Benjamin Sather 8-2 and pinned Pendleton’s Shawn Yeager in 1:18.
Ulrey earned a 4-2 sudden-victory win over Thurston’s Hunter Harwood, won 10-4 over Crook County’s Steven Ware and recorded a 16-1 technical fall over Pendleton’s Gabe Browning.
Lebel had two falls, one pin and one forfeit on Friday, then returned to gain two forfeit wins and a pin in 1:59 over Cash Berry of Scappoose on Saturday.
Also in 5A action, Eagle Point wrapped up its run in the consolation bracket with wins over Cleveland (42-33) and Mountain View’s JV (66-12).
Freddy Barajas had his chance at an undefeated Classic end after getting pinned by Cleveland’s Jontae Hardaway, but came back to pin Mountain View’s Dayton Campbell to go 5-1 at 120 and 126 pounds for the Eagles.
At the 6A level, North Medford wrapped up its run in fifth place after falling 37-34 to West Linn in the quarterfinals. The Black Tornado responded with wins over Oregon City (40-30) and Tualatin (37-33) to finish fifth.
Benjamin Zeigler capped an undefeated tournament for North Medford at 132 and 138 pounds with a 16-8 major decision over West Linn’s Jack Wall, a pin of Oregon City’s Jorge Bagos in 4:51 and a 12-3 major decision over Tualatin’s Connor Lennehan.
Alex Silva’s unbeaten run for North Medford at 106 and 113 pounds came to an end after being pinned by West Linn’s Ricky Bell, but he responded with a 9-5 decision over Oregon City’s Christopher Tyler before pinning Tualatin’s Vincent Roberts in 28 seconds.
Matthew Bryant, who was 3-0 Friday at 160, finished 4-1 with a 7-3 decision over West Linn’s Cole Peters and a 4-2 loss to Oregon City’s Barrett Bicha.
At the 4A level, Phoenix lost 60-18 in the quarterfinals to Sweet Home and 54-25 in the consolation round to Baker/Powder Valley. Results for the Pirates’ seventh-place final against Philomath were unavailable as of press time.
Ezra DeLuca at 113 and Ryan Brumble at 195 each scored a pair of wins Saturday for Phoenix, while Jacky Hawkins (145) and Elijah Santana (152) went 5-1 in the tourney.
Newberg (6A), Dallas (5A), Tillamook (4A), Willamina/Falls City (3A) and Culver (2A/1A) were the overall champions.
HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 45, RV ADVENTIST 40: At Klamath Falls, Rogue Valley Adventist suffered only its second loss of the year after coming up short on the road in a clash between Mountain Valley League leaders.
The Red Tail Hawks dropped to 12-2 overall and 7-2 in the MVL, while Hosanna Christian improved to 13-4 and 8-1.
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 35, PROSPECT 33, OT: At Prospect, sophomore Annalee Breiholz drained a game-tying 3-pointer for Prospect with five seconds to play but Central Christian’s Issy Mills answered with a buzzer-beater in the Mountain Valley League clash.
Breiholz finished with seven points, while Mackenzie Doud and Tianna McGonagle each had eight points for the Cougars (3-13, 0-9 MVL), who were outscored 7-0 in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT tied at 27-all. Prospect missed three free throws in the final seven seconds of regulation and finished 3-for-16 from the foul line overall.
Mills had 12 points and Kathryne Biever added 15, including a 4-for-4 effort in fourth-quarter free throws, to seal the first win of the season for Central Christian (1-13, 1-8).
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 61, PROSPECT 27: At Prospect, senior guard Jordan Royce scored 11 points and freshman Theo James pulled in seven rebounds for Prospect but 21 turnovers proved too much to overcome in Mountain Valley League play.
The Cougards (1-16, 0-8 MVL) trailed 36-15 at halftime.
Central Christian (6-8, 4-5) got 17 points from Josh Bruce and 16 apiece from Josh Biever and Jace Mills.