Embry-Riddle, Simon Fraser topple SOU

    PORTLAND — The shorthanded Southern Oregon men's wrestling team surrendered early leads and dropped duals against No. 14 Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), 24-17, and No. 8 NCAA Division II squad Simon Fraser (B.C.), 28-16, on Friday night at Warner Pacific's Bart Valentine Court.

    Trey Long (125 pounds), Matt Peterson (133) and second-ranked Devin Poppen (141) each went 2-0 in their matches, but the efforts weren't enough to keep alive the eight-dual winning streak SOU brought to the table. The 11th-ranked Raiders dropped to 9-4 heading into next Friday's matchup at No. 10 Menlo (Calif.).

    Long extended his winning streak to five by knocking off Embry-Riddle's 10th-ranked Chandler Strand, whom Long pinned in 1:39, and defeating Simon Fraser's Oscar Bulaqui by 10-1 major decision. Peterson also pulled off an upset of Embry-Riddle's No. 19 Collin Anderson, 8-2, and pinned SFU's Riley Prough in 2:27.

    Poppen, who has now won 12 straight, finished a 17-0 technical fall over Embry-Riddle's 18th-ranked Cameron Huizar in the second round, then won by fall in 2:52 against SFU's Cruz Velasquez. After moving up two spots in this week's latest national poll, the junior upped his record to 21-4.

    The Raiders, however, didn't have enough firepower to hang onto leads of 17-0 and 16-0 without No. 4 Hunter Hodges (157) or No. 10 Chandler Michael (149) in the lineup. Scottie Stockman delivered three more points with a 5-0 win against Embry-Riddle's Carlos Apodaca at 157, but the Eagles won the last five matches of the dual and clinched on David Rupp's 4-1 defeat of Zane Wardwell in the heavyweight bout.

    Simon Fraser won the last seven matches against the Raiders, getting pins from Tanner Spray (165) and Nolan Badovinac (184). The latter fall put them ahead, 21-16, for good.

    Boys Basketball

    ASHLAND 57, NORTH EUGENE 53: At Ashland, KJ Pippa scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to help Ashland take a 33-24 lead into the break, and the Grizzlies held on to snap a seven-game losing streak at Mountain Avenue Gym.

    Pippa, a junior guard, hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter. Anthony Swanson added 14 points for the Grizzlies (5-9, 1-3 MWL), who picked up their first victory since Dec. 21.

    North Eugene (3-12, 1-4) got 21 points apiece from Cameron Parks and Ivan Enciso, with Enciso scoring 17 in the second half.

    NORTH EUGENE (53): Enciso 21, Duke 3, Parks 21, Foytek 3, Reiman 5, Pratt 0, DeGarmo 0, Richardson 0. Totals: 20 11-14 53.

    ASHLAND (57): Pippa 26, Swanson 14, Wallner-Sentle 6, Ekwall 4, A. Jones 3, Saulsbury 4, Desmond 0, C. Jones 0. Totals: 20 13-20 57.

    North Eugene;11;13;17;12;—;53


    3-point goals — North Eugene 2 (Enciso 1, Duke 1), Ashland 4 (Pippa 3, A. Jones 1). Fouled out — DeGarmo.

    JV result — North Eugene 42, Ashland 39.

    Girls Basketball

    NORTH EUGENE 74, ASHLAND 40: At Ashland, midway through the second quarter, Ashland began to lose sight of North Eugene, which knocked down five 3-pointers in the period and pulled away.

    The Grizzlies (3-11, 0-4 Midwestern League) received 11 points from Malia Rodriguez and six points, five rebounds and three steals from Alia Gorringe.

    Maddy Carrier scored 24 points and Sam Cook 20 for the Highlanders (5-10, 2-3 MWL), who knocked down 10 from beyond the 3-point arc in the game.

    NORTH EUGENE (74): Slaughter 0, Cook 20, Baboyan 14, Oravec 6, Manley 0, Lundin 0, Smith 8, Carrier 24, Pierce 0, Ahlstrom 2. Totals: 27 8-13 74.

    ASHLAND (40): Altig 2, Voskes 0, Sollinger 0, Barnes 4, Gorringe 6, Moran 1, Munson 8, Elder-Hammond 4, Summers 2, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 11, Abel 2. Totals: 17 6-15 40.

    North Eugene;14;29;18;13;—;74


    3-point goals — North Eugene 10 (Carrier 4, Cook 1, Baboyan 4, Oravec 1).

    JV result — North Eugene won.



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