North Medford’s wrestling team made a big move on Day 2 of the Southwest Conference district championships to finish second in the team standings, scoring six champions and one runner-up showing to lead the charge Saturday at Grants Pass High.
Roseburg was the runaway winner again, posting 543.5 points and six champions of its own to separate from the runner-up Black Tornado (310) and third-place Grants Pass (280).
Sheldon finished fourth at 103 points, followed by South Medford (96) and South Eugene (43).
North Medford was able to get things rolling right away, with 106-pound sophomore Alex Silva scoring a 6-4 decision over Roseburg’s Cameron Cross in their championship match.
Things heated up from there as the Black Tornado got on a nice roll, scoring individual titles in the lower weights by juniors Enrique Jaime (120), Benjamin Zeigler (132) and Cole Zoller (138) and senior Andres Ramirez (145).
Jullian Stone also put forth a championship effort for North Medford at 220, while fellow senior Thomas Hamilton finished second at 160 to highlight a total of nine state qualifiers for the Black Tornado.
Jaime pinned Grants Pass sophomore Josef Miner in 3 minutes, 51 seconds to earn a repeat trip to the Class 6A state tournament next week, and Zeigler followed with a 28-second pin of South Medford sophomore Kilian Cosgrove.
Zoller battled his way to a 12-7 decision over Roseburg’s Caleb Jeffers to continue the Black Tornado run, and Ramirez kept the momentum going with a pin of Roseburg’s Tristin David in 1:32.
The only stumbling block North had in the finals was when Hamilton dropped an 8-0 major decision to Roseburg’s Darian Thacker, but Stone made sure the Black Tornado finished 6-for-7 in the finals by holding off Roseburg’s Hunter Blix for a 5-3 decision.
Also qualifying for the state tournament for North Medford were third-place finishers Ethan Miller (152) and Tanner Gaoiran (170), giving the Tornado a total of nine at next week’s tourney.
South Medford freshman joined Cosgrove in making the finals but was pinned in 43 seconds by Roseburg’s Nash Singleton at 113.
Senior Andrew Hall joined his Panther teammates in qualifying for state by placing third at 145 after securing a 7-5 sudden victory overtime win against Roseburg’s Riley Rose in their third-place final.
The top three wrestlers from each weight class qualified for the 6A state tournament in Portland.
SWC District Championships
TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 543.5, North Medford 310, Grants Pass 280, Sheldon 103, South Medford 96, South Eugene 43.
106 — Alex Silva, NM, dec. Cameron Cross, Ros, 6-4; 113 — Nash Singleton, Ros, pinned Brayden Ostvik, SM, :43; 120 — Enrique Jaime, NM, pinned Josef Miner, GP, 3:51; 126 — Kahleb Diaz, Ros, pinned Ryan Johnston, GP, 2:29; 132 — Benjamin Zeigler, NM, pinned Kilian Cosgrove, SM, :28.
138 — Cole Zoller, NM, dec. Caleb Jeffers, Ros, 12-7; 145 — Andres Ramirez, NM, pinned Tristin David, Ros, 1:32; 152 — Austin David, Ros, won by forfeit over Colin Rietmann, Ros; 160 — Darian Thacker, Ros, major dec. Thomas Hamilton, NM, 8-0.
170 — Logan Folsom, Ros, dec. Ethan Stoner, Ros, 9-4; 182 — Rourke Martin, Ros, pinned Owen Vredenburg, Ros 3:45; 195 — David Ruiz, GP, dec. Hunter Hillard, Ros, 7-5; 220 — Jullian Stone, NM, dec. Hunter Blix, Ros, 5-3; 285 — Oscar Atterberry, She, dec. Mason Labahn, Ros, 4-1.
106 — Carson Dunn, Ros, pinned Houston Miner, GP, 2:44; 113 — Diego Chavez, GP, pinned Garrett Gallego, Ros, :35; 120 — Rhett Martin, Ros, dec. Kyle Bautista, GP, 4-1; 126 — Adam Leaton, Ros, pinned Elijah Oshatz, SE, 3:03; 132 — Devin Folk, Ros, major dec. Griffin Gutches, NM, 9-1.
138 — Archer Bergeron, Ros, dec. Zach Tisher, She, 7-3; 145 — Andrew Hall, SM, dec. Riley Rose, Ros, 7-5 SV; 152 — Ethan Miller, NM, pinned Jordan Poynter, GP, :29; 160 — JJ Watts, GP, dec. Eli Mignola, Ros, 7-6.
170 — Tanner Gaoiran, NM, pinned Hayden Lackey, GP, :37; 182 — Dredan Myers, GP, major dec. Will Anderson, NM, 11-3; 195 — Tyler Estes, Ros, pinned Brett Rucker, NM, 1:49; 220 — Ben Lutz, She, pinned Rogan Coffman, Ros, 3:33; 285 — Zachariah Luworo, SE, pinned Daniel Salazar, GP, 4:58.
3A DISTRICT 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Roseburg, Cascade Christian junior Gabe Vidlak earned a chance at a potential second state championship after winning the district title at 120 pounds and sophomore 132-pounder Cody Havniear also qualified for state to pace the Challengers at Umpqua Community College.
Vidlak scored a 19-8 major decision over Jose Orozco of La Pine in his championship final, while Havniear lost by 16-0 technical fall to La Pine’s Derrik Kerr in his final.
The top-three finishers in each weight class qualified for the 3A state tournament next week.
Also for the Challengers, Jorge Garcia-Gutierrez placed fourth (120), Michael Croy was fifth (160) and Noah Allison sixth (220).
TEAM SCORES: La Pine 310, Douglas/Camas Valley 196, Sutherlin 166.5, South Umpqua 114, Brookings-Harbor 110, Cascade Christian 64.5.
2A/1A DISTRICT 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Rogue River, Rogue River senior Dyllan Houser and junior Gabriel Tambellini each won district titles and sophomore teammate Daniel Herinckx placed second to secure their spots in next week’s state championships.
Houser scored a 3-1 decision over Ayden Lindsey of Illinois Valley in the 182-pound final, while Tambellini scored a 9-2 decision at 220 over Wyatt Carlton of Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter. Both Lindsey and Carlton went on to win wrestlebacks to secure their spots at state, with the top-two finishers at each weight class qualifying for the season-ending meet.
Herinckx was pinned in 2:37 by Chiloquin’s Daniel Jones in the 285 final, and won by tiebreaker rule to stamp his ticket to state.
Rogue River also had third-place showings from Zachary Swearingen (120), Caleb Barnwell (170), Tristen Spaeth (195) and Derek Nelson (220) to finish second in the team standings at 145.5 points to district champion Lakeview (150.5).
Illinois Valley was seventh in the team standings at 62 points, while Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter was 13th at 24 points.
TEAM SCORES: Lakeview 150.5, Rogue River 145.5, North Lake 110, Bonanza 97, Myrtle Point 72, Glendale 66, Illinois Valley 62, Coquille 58, Gold Beach 55, Riddle/Days Creek 53, Chiloquin 41, Lost River 30, Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter 24, Gilchrist 17.