Eagle Point is sending 13 wrestlers to the state tournament after scoring second in the district competition hosted by EPHS on Feb. 8. This, despite not having wrestlers in the lowest bracket and in the top two out of three weights.
Team scores were: Crater 378, Eagle Point 327, Mazama 195, Klamath Union 139 and Ashland 88.5.
At 112, freshman Ben Zomerdyk had a bye in the first round, then defeated Travis Nelson, senior from Mazama, with a fall in 49 seconds. In the finals, he and Dan Hill, a Crater freshman dueled with Zomerdyk taking the win with a fall at 1:42. At state, Zomercyk’s first round will be with Justin Sharp, a junior, from Marshall.
In the 119 bracket, Trenton Kaiser, a sophomore, earned a major decision (14-2) against John Dees, a Crater freshman; but he lost against Mazama’s freshman Brice Hatley in a close 8-6 match. In the consolation bracket, Kaiser worked his way back to third place, and an opportunity to go to state, with a 9-2 decision over Cody Remington, an Ashland freshman, and then defeating Shane Loud, a sophomore from KU, in a close 7-6 match. Kaiser will open at state against Jerry Bjorklund, a sophomore, from Springfield at state.
Kevin Leonardo drew a bye in the first round in the 125 bracket and
then met Crater’s Brysen Winner, a sophomore. At the 1:02 mark, senior
Leonardo scored a fall. This entitled him to meet John Pritchard, a
junior from KU in the final round. He became a champion in the 125
bracket with a 10-3 victory over Pritchard. Anthony Stafani, a senior,
from Marshfield at Leonardo will meet in round one at Portland.
Chris Wilson and Gage Baumer, both EPHS freshman, found the going a bit tougher in their first district meet.
lost to sophomore Tony Ferris 10-3 and in consolation bracket defeated
TJ Murphy, also a freshman from Ashland, with a fall at 1:14. Wilson
and teammate Baumer met with Wilson earning a 7-4 decision, but he lost
the battle for third place when Crater’s Tony Ferris had a 9-7 decision.
first round found him victorious over Colt Alaniz, a KU freshman, with
a fall at 5:06. He lost to Crater’s Ferris in a major 19-7 decision.
Eagle Point had two in the 135 bracket and both sophomore Blake Platt and senior Matt Wilson earned their way to state.
had a first round bye and then took Mason Keller, a Mazama senior, with
a fall at :39. He and teammate Platt met in the semi-final match with
Platt taking the win in a 7-2 decision. Platt faced Brett Henderson a
sophomore from Mazama in his opening match. He had a fall at 1:11 and
from there met Matt Moberly, a Crater freshman. Again, he won with a
fall at 3:45. Wilson opens state against Tyler Corey, a senior from
EPHS senior Brady Holland was the 140 lb. champion with Jake Gallo, a sophomore in third place.
had a first round bye, then had a fall at 4:41 against Zane Fernlund, a
Mazama sophomore. He and Crater’s Tyler Winner, a senior, met in the
final with Holland earning an 11-6 decision. Holland will face the
winner of the Kyle Simpson, Albany and Eric Platt, Mountain View,
match at state.
Gallo defeated freshman AJ Adams from
Ashland in his opening round with a fall at :47. He lost to Crater’s
Winner with Winner’s 4-0 decision. In the consolation bracket, Gallo
defeated Crater senior Zach King with a fall at 1:48 and then had a
major decision 9-0 against Ferland of Mazama to earn third place. Gallo
will meet Derrick Galushot, from Dallas, in his opener at state.
In the 145 bracket, EPHS sophomore Josh Winter placed third while Connor Holland earned fourth place.
defeated Gary Workman, a Mazama senior, and then went up against Brook
Gutches, a junior from Crater. Winter lost as Gutches had a fall at
the 1:03 mark. But Winter fought back through the consolation bracket
to earn third. He face Jake Scarminach of Ashland, an Ashland freshman
and then went against teammate Connor Holland where he had a fall at
4:28 to earn third place.Winter will meet the winner of the Jacob
Richard, W. Albandy-Ben Millard, Hermiston match this weekend.
opening round saw him defeat Ben Blackwell, Mazama junior, with a fall
at 2:37. He defeated Ashland’s Jake Scarminach before losing to Zach
Baldridge, a junior from Crater. That put Holland in the consolation
bracket where he had a fall at 2:36 against Mazama’s Workman and then
met teammate Winter where Winter had a fall at 4:28.
Scott Leonardo opened with a fall at 1:03 against Crater’s Mitch
Stevens, a sophomore. From there, Leonardo had a major decision, 12- 0,
against Chris Jurief, also a junior, from Mazama. In the championship
round, he had a 9-3 decision over teammate Tony Pinedo, a senior.
Leonardo will have Billy Goldsberry of W. Albany in his first match at
Pinedo opened with a fall at 1:49 against sophomore
Chris Endacott and then defeated junior Tripp Thompson from Crater
before facing Leonardo. Pinedo and Rod Latham of Mountain View will
meet in what is called a pigtail to determine if they continue through
the state brackets.
The 160-lb. bracket found Steven
Josephson earning second followed by Taylor Marasco in third. Junior
Josephson and Anthony Gish a senior from Mazama, opened with Josephson
getting a fall at 1:28. In the next match, Josephson and Crater
sophomore Zach Doggett barely got on the floor when Josephson had a
fall at :11. That put the EPHS sophomore up against former EP student,
Ken Fahndrich, now a sophomore from Crater. Fahndrich had a 9-4
Also at 160, freshman Taylor Marasco had a fall at
5:07 against sophomore Issa Shahn from Ashland. In his next match,
Fahndrich got the fall at 1:20. This put Marasco into the consolation
bracket where he had a 7-1 decision against Gish and a fall at 4:48
against Shahn, and a third place spot. Marasco and Micah Perry, of
Crook County will square off in their first state match.
Robby Mannenbach had a first round bye and then earned a major decision
11-3 against junior Jeremiah Swing from Crater. The championship round
against Crater’s Zach Young, a senior, went into overtime before
Mannenbach had a 6-4 win. Mannenbach’s state opener will be with
Trevor Thomas, Mountain View junior.
EPHS Freshman Milton
Carter lost his first round to Josh Scarminach a senior from Ashland
19-4. In the consolation bracket Swing had the fall at :47. Carter
ended in fifth place for his first district tournament.
Louis Lucas lost to Darrio Mobley from Crater in the opening round and
in the consolation bracket, Tyler Ratcliff a Mazama senior had a fall
At 215, junior Jesse Watkins and sophomore Matt Ray
from KU met, with Ray gaining a 7-2 decision. In the consolation
bracket Watkins had an 8-4 decision over Zach Zelecki, Crater freshman,
but lost in a 5-2 decision to Crater’s Rickey Lokey, a freshman.
Watkins placed fifth with a fall at 3:01 against Duane Garcia a KU