Cowboys roll at North Bend — Four Crook County wrestlers won their weight classes and five others were top-four finishers Saturday, leading the Cowboys to first place among 35 teams at the two-day North Bend Coast Classic. Winners for Crook County were Hunter Mode (126 pounds), Zachary Mauras (132), Kyle Knudtson (182) and Jaxson Rhoden (195). The Cowboys finished with 266 points to 213 for runner-up Roseburg. Also for Crook County, Tucker Bonner (106), Trevor Martin (120) and Caleb Parrott (285) all finished third, and Steven Ware (113) and Mario Hansen (220) each placed fourth. Redmond was fifth with 140.5 points, led by Clayton Elrod’s first-place finish at 170 pounds. Trae Bolken (132) and Jacob Curry (138) were both second for the Panthers, and Kagen Lawrence (113) was third. Bend finished 10th with 74 points, led by third-place finishes by Payton Davis (195) and Nathan Denney (220).
Hawks prevail at Culver Invitational — La Pine made an early-season statement Saturday, topping the 20-team field — including Class 2A/1A powerhouse host Culver — at the Culver Invitational. Carmelo Farfaglia (106 pounds) and Dylan Mann (113) were weight-class winners for the 3A Hawks, who also got runner-up finishes from Trentyn Tennant (170) and Daniel Underwood (220) on their way to 202.5 points. Other leading scorers for La Pine were Kaden Lorimor, fourth at 120 pounds; Jose Orozco, third at 126; Ricky Gallamore, fifth at 138; and Michael Heutzenroeder, third at 195. Culver scored 190 points, led by champions Lorenzo Vasquez (126), Lane Downing (138) and Cylus Hoke (220).
Culver’s Vasquez signs with SOU — Culver senior Lorenzo Vasquez has committed to wrestle collegiately at Southern Oregon University. Vasquez signed a national letter of intent with the Ashland school on Friday, before the Culver Invitational. Vasquez then showed what makes him a college-caliber wrestler, going 4-0 with a technical fall and three pins to win the 126-pound division in the two-day, 20-team tournament. Vasquez, a three-time state champion for the Bulldogs, was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler by the tournament’s coaches.
Strong showings for local girls — Sasha Smith (140 pounds) and Fatima Albanian (171) were weight-class champions for Bend on Saturday, leading the Lava Bears to second place at the North Bend girls tournament. Analise Smith was second at 110 pounds, Charli Stewart was third at 120, Luna L’Argent was third at 190, and Kristen Harpole was fourth at 125 for the Lava Bears, who scored 66 team points to 67 for champion Cottage Grove. Also Saturday, at the Culver girls tournament, La Pine’s Haleigh Michael (103-112), Evangelina Toruno (161-169) and Jasmine O’Neill (174-176) were first in their respective divisions, as was Culver’s Natalie Sanchez (148-150). And at the Springfield Girls Invitational, Mountain View’s Taylor Ohlson pinned all three of her opponents on her way to first place at 135 pounds.
Lava Bears dominate at Ravens Classic — Bend High won by wide margins in both the girls and boys halves of the Ridgeview Ravens Classic swim meet, held Saturday at Cascade Swim Center in Redmond. The Lava Bears girls placed first in nine of 11 events, including all three relays, to score 157 points. Summit was a distant second with 80 points. Bend’s margin was closer on the boys side, 111-68 over runner-up Mountain View. The Cougars were first in five events to the Lava Bears’ four. Complete team scores and top-three finishers in each event are listed in Prep Scoreboard.
Gilchrist wins girls tournament — Gilchrist sisters Rylee and Rayenee Hoover were named to the all-tournament team after the Grizzlies defeated Bend JV2 29-13 Saturday in the championship game of the four-team Gilchrist Tournament. Rayenee Hoover recorded a double-double of 11 points and 12 steals, while Rylee Hoover added six points and six steals. Kendra Spurlock finished with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Jadyn Terry had 12 rebounds and Katie McDaniel added eight assists. Gilchrist opened the tournament Friday with a 56-15 win over La Pine’s JV. Rylee Hoover had 21 points and 11 steals in that game, while Rayenee Hoover recorded 20 points and nine steals and Terry pulled down 16 rebounds.
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