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Tornado pins Comets in battle of area powers

North Medford won five straight matches down the stretch, including back to back pins by 285-pounder Romello Tealavea and 106-pounder Alex Silva, to take down Crater, 41-25, Wednesday in a battle of southern Oregon powerhouse wrestling programs at North Medford High School.

North Medford, ranked fourth in the Class 6A ranks, led Crater, ranked fourth in the 5A coaches’ poll, 17-16 heading into the eighth match of the night in the nonleague clash, but Will Anderson’s narrow 5-4 decision over Luis Duarte at 182 pounds sparked a furious finish by North Medford which led to a lopsided victory for the Black Tornado.

After Duarte’s victory and a forfeit by Crater at 195, North’s Julian Stone pulled out another hard-fought decision, 7-5, over Crater’s Aric Adams to give the Tornado a 29-16 lead, and Romello Tealavea’s 54-second pin of Kaden Olson moments later sealed the deal.

Alex Silver followed with a pin of Ryan McCarty at 106 — he got the win in 2:36 — to cap North’s dual-clinching run.

Earning pins for Crater were Logan Lowder at 170 and Tanner Ulrey at 120, and Crater’s Colby Meek secured a 15-2 major decision victory over Benjamin Zeigler at 138.

106 — Alex Silva, NM, pinned Ryan McCarty, 2:36; 113 — Isaac Childress, C, sudden victory Kyleigh Lopez, 13-11; 120 — Tanner Ulrey, C, pinned Jacob Watson, 3:12; *126 — Angel Diaz, C, dec. Enrique Jaime, 5-0; 132 — Kellen Kerrigan, C, dec. Griffin Gutches, 7-2.

138 — Colby Meek, C, major dec. Benjamin Zeigler, 15-2; 145 — Cole Zoller, NM, pinned Hunter Hiatt, 1:26; 152 — Andrews Ramirez, NM, pinned Nathan Santoni, 2:24; 160 — Matthew Bryant, NM, tech fall Angel Perez, 20-5 (5:21).

170 — Logan Lowder, C, pinned Ethan Miller, 3:29; 182 — Will Anderson, NM, dec. Luis Duarte, 5-4; 195 — Thomas Bates, NM, win by forfeit; 220 — Julian Stone, NM, dec. Aric Adams, 7-5; 285 — Romello Tealavea, NM, pinned Kaden Olson, :54.

* starting weight

Prep Swimming

NORTH BEND THREE-WAY: At North Bend, junior Daniel Olson won two individual events and swam a leg for North Medford’s victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team to lead the Black Tornado boys at the nonleague meet.

North Bend won both the boys and girls team competition, while the North Medford boys and South Medford girls placed second.

Olson won the 50 freestyle in 23.29 seconds, edging North Bend’s Mavrick Macalino (23.51) and Tornado teammate Isaiah Ward (23.94). Olson also prevailed in the 100 butterfly (55.37) and swam the anchor leg for North Medford’s 200 freestyle relay team, which finished in 1:33.82.

Junior Shai Russell-Tyler was North Medford’s only other individual winner. He prevailed in 1:14.11.

The South Medford girls were led by sophomore Reilly Eiynck, who won the 100 freestyle in 59.01.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: North Bend 162, North Medford 98, South Medford 30.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, North Bend (Gavyn Tatge, Zachary Holt, Mavrick Macalino, Kenneth Shepherd), 1:46.24; 200 FREE — 1, Logan Lampe, North Bend, 2:00.48; 200 IM — 1, Kenneth Shepherd, North Bend, 2:08.93; 50 FREE — 1, Daniel Olson, North Medford, 23.29; 100 FLY — 1, Daniel Olson, North Medford, 55.37; 100 FREE — 1, Mavrick Macalino, North Bend, 52.11; 500 FREE — 1, Gavyn Tatge, North Bend, 5:04.84; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, North Medford (William Anderson, Isaiah Ward, JD Madsen, Daniel Olson), 1:33.82; 100 BACK — 1, Logan Lampe, North Bend, 1:00.22; 100 BREAST — 1, Craig Hoefs, North Bend, 1:03.13; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, North Medford (Parker Perez, Isaiah Ward, Levi Buker, JD Madsen), 3:43.14.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: North Bend 134, South Medford 105, North Medford 59.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, North Bend (Annika Strasman, Makenna Roberts, Bella Jones, Natalie Cheal), 1:58.43; 200 FREE — 1, Natalie Cheal, North Bend, 2:07.22; 200 IM — 1, Bella Jones, North Bend, 2:21.12; 50 FREE — Maryn Ringger, South Medford, 25.59; 100 FLY — 1, Bella Jones, North Bend, 1:03.28; 100 FREE — 1, Reilly Eiynck, South Medford, 59.01; 500 FREE — 1, Makenna Roberts, North Bend, 5:46.46; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, North Bend (Natalie Cheal, Helen Witharm, Annika Strasman, Bella Jones), 1:47.82; 100 BACK — 1, Annika Strasman, North Bend, 1:03.30; 100 BREAST — 1, Shai Russell-Tyler, North Medford, 1:14.11; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, North Bend (Makenna Roberts, Madison Trenner, Teenie Powley, Helen Witharm), 4:13.69.

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