EP wrestlers dominate dual

Because Ashland High School does not have a full wrestling team, Eagle Point hosted them along with South Medford High School in two dual meets on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The varsity Eagles wrestled their way to victory in both meets, with final team scores of 72 – 3 against Ashland, and 61 – 12 against South Medford.

Eagles head coach Kacey McNulty seemed proud of his team, but also mentioned “a few off matches.” McNulty explained that many of his wrestlers were already cutting weight in preparation for the Oregon Classic tournament on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14. The Oregon Classic operated with a 2 lb. allowance on top of the OSAA’s weight allowance which began on Jan. 8th. Coach McNulty said dropping down a weight class on the weekend led to some Eagles wrestlers getting “a little bit out-sized,” in their matches against Ashland and South Medford.

Those in attendance got to see the top two contenders in the 5-A division at 195 lb. Ranked 2nd in the state, Eagle Point’s Trevor Olsen lost a 1 – 6 decision against Ashland’s Mason Montgomery who is ranked 1st in the state. But, coach McNulty was unperturbed by the loss. “We’ll see [Montgomery] again, hopefully in regional finals,” McNulty said.

Even so, Eagle Point won five out of six matches against Ashland, all of which by fall. Orlando De La Cruz (120 lb.), Edward Martinez (160 lb.) and Caleb Ash (170 lb.) each pinned their opponents in the first period. James McCoy (138 lb.) and Thane Baumer (145 lb.) were both well ahead on points before getting their pins.

The Eagles won eight out of ten matches against South Medford. Ivan Valle (106 lb.), Damian Gonzales (113 lb.), Travis Woods (152 lb.), Alajandro Valle-Ramero (220 lb.) and Manny Valdovinos (285 lb.) all pinned their opponents in the first period. Thane Baumer (145 lb.) was leading 9 – 2 before he won by a fall in the third period. James McCoy (138 lb.) won by a major decision of 12 – 2, and Caleb Ash (170 lb.) won by a decision of 11 – 7.

“We definitely dominated tonight,” coach McNulty said.

It was also senior night for the Eagles. Seniors Aaron Lorenz, Travis Woods, Edward Martinez, Trevor Olsen, Alajandro Valle-Ramero and Manny Valdovinos were honored with flowers and a list of their individual accomplishments and goals.

On Saturday, Jan. 7 the Eagle Point wrestlers also took 1st place at the Rogue Valley Invitational tournament. The Eagles racked up 212 team points to beat the 2nd place finishers, Crater High School, who collected 209 team points. “That was nice,” coach McNulty said about the win over Crater. “They’re always a talented team.”

Coming up, the Eagles go to Roseburg High School for a dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 19, and then they host the Eagle Point Invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent

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