Philomath High freshman Riley Barrett took first place, seniors Ben Hernandez and Chase Ringwald settled for runner-up and junior Gradin Fairbanks placed third on Saturday at the Grants Pass Winter Kickoff.
Wrestling at 126 pounds, Barrett opened with a pin in 1:22 over Glendale’s Juan Ramirez. In the quarterfinals, he took the victory by major decision over Eagle Point’s Ethan Metcalf, 12-1. Then after beating Illinois Valley’s Ebyn Lyndsey in the semifinals on a pin in 1:25, he advanced to the championship match to face Colton Downey of Etna, California. Barrett dominated with a 10-0 major decision.
Barrett missed the team’s first tournament this season because of illness before winning the Warrior Classic on Dec. 9 with three straight first-period pins. Barrett remains undefeated for the season at 7-0.
Hernandez rolled into the championship match at 120 pounds with first-period pins over Ashton Lewis of Mazama (1:14), Ethan Green of Illinois Valley (1:18) and Basen Rambo of Rogue River (1:49). In the finale, Hernandez lost on a pin to Henley’s Dylan Clark (3:05). Hernandez has an 8-2 record on the mat this season.
Ringwald also had three straight pins to reach the championship bout at 132 pounds. Ringwald’s victims included Chago Moon of Hoopa, California (1:09), Erik Reyes Medina of Phoenix (4:51) and Carson Terry of South Medford (2:00). In the finals, Eagle Point’s Tygren Lopez outpointed Ringwald with a 16-4 major decision. Ringwald’s season record stands at 8-3.
Fairbanks, wrestling at 152, opened the tournament with a 9-4 decision over Aiden Espinoza of North Valley and followed up with a pin in 5:13 over Joshua Kroschel of Fall River, California. Gavin Pogue of Eagle Point pinned Fairbanks in 3:41 in the quarterfinals. Fairbanks, 7-4 on the season, regrouped for a pin over Nathan Sanders of Anderson (3:20) and then pinned Kroschel for a second time in the third-place match (2:14).
Other Warriors posting wins in the tournament were freshman Porter Compton at 132, who had back-to-back major decisions to open the tournament, and sophomore Lucas Bourguois at 145, who had a first-period pin in his first match.
The tournament featured a large field of athletes with wrestlers from 33 schools in Oregon and California. Grants Pass won the team title with Eagle Point second and Del Norte (California) third.
Philomath, which was missing several varsity-level wrestlers, finished in a tie with Henley for eighth in the team standings.
Morton places 2nd in girls tourney
Philomath junior Ellie Morton placed second at 105 pounds in the girls’ portion of the Grants Pass tournament. Morton received a bye into the semifinals and quickly pinned Sutherlin’s Trinity Lee in 20 seconds. The victory put in her in the finals against North Medford’s Skyler Hall, which ended with a loss via pin in 3:32.
Philomath junior Emmalyne Robinson also competed in the tournament at 145 and opened with a victory in 1:49 over a California opponent.
The Warriors will host their second tournament of the season this coming Wednesday when the Benton County Championships come to the PHS gym. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Joining the Warriors will be wrestlers from Alsea, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Monroe and Santiam Christian.