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Cascade Christian sophomore Gabe Vidlak added to his Class 3A wrestling state championship earned in February with another title this past weekend after navigating the field at the Reno Worlds Wrestling Tournament in Nevada.

Vidlak claims Reno Worlds title

Cascade Christian sophomore Gabe Vidlak added to his Class 3A wrestling state championship earned in February with another title this past weekend after navigating the field at the Reno Worlds Wrestling Tournament in Nevada.

Vidlak was the lone local wrestler to secure a championship, winning his title at 113 pounds in the 18-and-under division. Crater senior Beau Crawford also reached the championship finals in the 18U 220 division but lost 8-1 to Ezra Miller of Reality Sports.

For Vidlak, his road began with a 6-0 decision over Jose Sanchez of the Silverbacks Wrestling Club, then included an 8-1 decision over Cameron Pleninger of Havre, Montana in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Vidlak scored a 13-6 decision over Fordan Reyes of Falls City, then dominated the championship match for a 9-1 major decision over Hunter Mode of Crook County.

Crawford’s run to the championship match included a fall in 3 minutes, 48 seconds over Skylar Hughes of Columbia High, pin in 53 seconds against John Lawrence of Rock of Redmond Wrestling and then an 11-8 decision in the semifinals over Jacob Gonsalves of Leemore PAL. Crawford then lost in a wrestleoff with Jacob Rhea of Dying Breed and ultimately placed third.

Also in the same division as Crawford, North Medford junior Jullian Stone placed fourth.

Elijah Bayne, of Central Point but wrestling for the Gilroy Hawks, claimed a Reno Worlds title in the 10-and-under 70-pound division. Bayne scored four falls before earning an 8-1 decision in the championship over Tommy Holguin of Awa. Bayne also picked up his third Trinity Award for his efforts.

Junior Comets wrestlers finishing among the top five placers at the youth levels were Asher Jex (fifth, 6U 46 pounds), Jeremiah Oliva (third, 8U 55), Aidan Godley (fourth, 8U 64) and Owen Burkhart (third, 12U 145).

Tygren Lopez of the Fantastic Utters Mat Club out of North Medford placed third at the 12U 67-pound division.

In the girls competition, Phoenix sophomore Emma Truex placed fourth in the 15U 132-pound division to add to her repeat girls state title won two months ago, and Blayne Jex of the Junior Comets was fourth (9U 57).

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@rosebudmedia.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry

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