Prep Wrestling: No. 1 Roseburg pins down 54-21 win over No. 4 North Medford in SWC dual
Two of the state’s top ranked Class 6A wrestling teams, No. 1 Roseburg and No. 4 North Medford, squared off Wednesday night in a Southwest Conference dual meet.
The Indians — four-time defending state champions — dropped the opening two matches, but won 10 of the last 12 bouts and left Robertson Memorial Gym with a 54-21 victory in their home opener.
“We stuck through it and got it done,” said Roseburg senior Terrell Jacks, who capped off the evening with a fall at 195 pounds. “It was very enjoyable to watch and be a part of. I think we’re improving every day and will be successful throughout the season.”
Roseburg also got pins from Cameron Cross at 106, Kaden Schlatter at 113, Thomas Spence at 126, Caleb Jeffers at 138, Austin David at 152, Logan Folsom at 170 and Brandon Jeffers at 182. Schlatter and Caleb Jeffers are freshmen.
Hunter Sparks (132) and Garrett Russell (160) each won by decision for the Tribe.
“I think we did quite well,” said Spence. “We’re still kind of young, but we’re getting there. I was pretty pleased with how the younger kids did and how they showed a lot of effort on the mat. I was really proud of Caleb Jeffers for going out there and giving his all.”
North Medford took an early 12-0 lead following falls by Josh Robbins at 220 and Jullian Stone at 285. The two teams were tied at 18 after splitting six matches.
“It was a good matchup. We were expecting a tough meet and quality opponent, and that’s what we got,” said RHS coach Steve Lander. “They took advantage of some opportunities, and we got some of our guys on the mat and they did the same thing. The end result was good, but for quite a few matches we weren’t very pleased with our performance.”
Sparks, a senior who’s ranked No. 2 at 120, moved up to 132 and picked up a 4-0 decision over No. 5 Cole Zoller of North to remain unbeaten at 9-0.
“Hunter Sparks beat a very good wrestler,” Lander said. “We have a lot of respect for Cole Zoller, who’s a returning state placer. Hunter moved up a weight to do that, so that was a big one.”
The ninth-ranked Spence, a senior, stuck No. 4 Enrique James in 1:08 to improve his record to 8-3.
“I had the same game plan as always — just go out there and try my hardest and have fun,” Spence said. “I stuck to the cradle ... I’m kind of known for it and it’s a fun move.”
“To get that pin at that weight was a big help for us,” Lander said.
Russell, ranked No. 1 at 170, dropped down to 160 for his match with No. 6 Andres Ramirez of North. The Roseburg senior recovered from an early 3-1 deficit and won, 11-4, to hike his record to 8-1.
Jacks stuck North Medford freshman Brett Rucker in 1:11 at 195, winning for the eighth time in nine matches.
“Get a pin, that’s always my game plan,” said Jacks. “Get a pin and get off the mat.”
Brandon Jeffers, ranked No. 3 at 182, moved to 7-1 on the season. Caleb Jeffers and Folsom are 8-3, while David is 7-2.
The Indians will compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday.
“Our focus is on our performance, so hopefully we’ll wrestle well,” Lander said. “The competition will be great and better than we can handle at a lot of spots, but that’s the reason we go there — to get tested. We’re looking forward to our opportunities.”
Roseburg 54, North Medford 21
106 — Cameron Cross, R, p. Alex Silva, NM, 4:50. 113 — Kaden Schlatter, R, p. Kyleigh Lopez, NM, 5:03. 120 — Chase Mitchell, NM, p. Jacob Ralston, R, 1:01. 126 — Thomas Spence, R, p. Enrique Jaime, NM, 1:08. 132 — Hunter Sparks, R, dec. Cole Zoller, NM, 4-0. 138 — Caleb Jeffers, R, p. Ben Ziegler, NM, 5:26. 145 — Matt Bryant, NM, dec. Devin Folk, R, 7-4. 152 — Austin David, R, p. Tanner Gaoiran, NM, :51. 160 — Garrett Russell, R, dec. Andres Ramirez, NM, 11-4. 170 — Logan Folsom, R, p. Matt Skinner, NM, :59. 182 — Brandon Jeffers, R, p. Potelo Va’a, NM, 1:22. 195 — Terrell Jacks, R, p. Brett Rucker, NM, 1:11. *220 — Josh Robbins, NM, p. Cayden Gingery, R, 1:35. 285 — Jullian Stone, NM, p. Hunter Blix, R, 5:06.
JV Score — Roseburg 61, North Medford 18.