Ivan Carrier delivered the first of three consecutive pins to open the match for Ashland, but South Medford fought back to pull out a 48-30 victory in a nonconference dual at Mountain Avenue Gym on Wednesday.
Carrier needed 2 minutes, 23 seconds to defeat Gates Fraser at 182 to get the Grizzlies off to a solid start, and after a double forfeit at 195 Cody Eisenberg (220) and Mason Montgomery (285) followed with pins of their own to give Ashland a quick 18-0 lead.
South Medford's Brandon Wolf pinned Tarquinn Daley in 1:15 in the 106-pound match to get the Panthers back on track, however, and South picked up three more pins at 113, 152 and 160 plus forfeits at 120, 126 and 138 to pull away.
Ashland coach Tony Champion praised Ashland's Luc Dyssegard, who was disqualified late in the third round for using an illegal hold against South Medford's Tyler Seutter in the 170-pound match.
"(Dyssegard) could have won that match — he was in it," Champion said. "That's the first match he was able to finish all the way through. He's come a long, long way."
Champion was also impressed with Carrier, who used a takedown and a near fall to take a 4-0 lead into the second period, where he quickly escaped Fraser's grasp before delivering a pin only seconds later.
"I told (Carrier) that the 182-pound match was going to be the match that started us off," Champion said. "I knew that we were going to win 220 and heavyweight "… but I said if (Carrier) went out there and wins this match, momentum's going to carry through and we'll actually have a chance with this dual. So Ivan went out there and wrestled tough, as tough as I've ever seen him, and he pinned his kid. So you couldn't ask for anything better than that."
Eisenberg, the eighth-ranked 220-pounder in Class 5A, then built a 6-0 lead following a near fall in the first period before finishing off Brian Morris with 42 seconds to go in the second.
Next came Montgomery, the state's third-ranked 195-pounder who wrestled at 285 Wednesday. The weight disparity proved to be only a minor inconvenience for Montgomery, who mostly dominated Domonique Harris before earning the pin with 17 seconds to go in the second round.
Champion said Harris weighed in at 260 pounds, and Montgomery a little over 200. It didn't matter.
"When you're dealing with strong adolescence, the weight isn't as big a factor as you might think," Champion said.
Champion added that Montgomery, who placed third at 195 last season, should once again contend for a state championship.
"There's always going to be tough competition, there's always variables out there, but Mason should be a state champion this year," Champion said. "He's got everything it takes — the work ethic, the mental toughness, and he has the desire to win. Physiologically, he's probably not going to come across anybody who's like him this year. There's some tough kids out there, but I think he's got the upper edge."
TJ Hooks (132) and Chris Bowland (145) also recorded pins for the Grizzlies, who won't wrestle at home again until Feb. 5.
South Medford pulled away behind pins by Wolf, Eric Peregrina at 113, Ruben Mendez at 152 and Brandon Brooks at 160.
106 — Brandon Wolf, SM, pinned Tarquinn Daley, 1:15; 113 — Eric Peregrina, SM, pinned Josiah Gallegos, 5:04; 120 — Anthony Neuenschwander, SM, won by forfeit; 126 — Luis Ayala, SM, won by forfeit; 132 — TJ Hooks, A, pinned Sam Roberson, 3:12.
138 — Nik Hagler, SM, won by forfeit; 145 — Chris Bowland, A, pinned Joe Oliva, 2:27; 152 — Ruben Mendez, SM, pinned Sam Gostnell, 3:36; 160 — Brandon Brooks, SM, pinned Evan Anderson, :45.
170 — Tyler Seutter, SM, d. Luc Dyssegard, DQ; *182 — Ivan Carrier, A, pinned Gates Fraser, 2:23; 195 — double forfeit; 220 — Cody Eisenberg, A, pinned Brian Morris, 3:18; 285 — Mason Montgomery, A, pinned Domonique Harris, 3:43.
* starting weight
The Ashland swim teams swept South Medford on Tuesday at Southern Oregon University.
Gus Simms took first place in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 9.93 seconds) and in the 100 butterfly (56.26) for the Grizzlies. Teammate Cole Harding won the 50 freestyle (23.66) and 100 free (52.62).
On the girls side, Ashland edged the Panthers by one point.
For South Medford, Julia Miller earned top honors in the 200 IM (2:38.37) and 100 backstroke (1:12.04), while teammates Kaylee Cooper placed first in the 200 free (2:04.76) and 100 fly (1:02.31) and Samantha Case in the 50 free (26.96) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.50).
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 105, South Medford 46.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, South Medford (Calvin Buchholz, Edward Haynes, Kallum Gagnier, Scott Younker), 2:01.57; 200 FREE — Alex Sukles, A, 2:02.65; 200 IM — 1, Gus Simms, A, 2:09.93; 50 FREE — Cole Harding, A, 23.66; 100 FLY — 1, Gus Simms, A, 56.26; 100 FREE — 1, Cole Harding, A, 52.62; 500 FREE — 1, Jordan Renteria, A, 6:31.79; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland, 1:37.06; 100 BACK — 1, Przemyslan Kurach, A, 1:11.12; 100 BREAST — 1, Miles Furuichi, A, 1:09.48; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland, 3:39.19.
TEAM SCORES — Ashland 80, South Medford 79.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, South Medford (Marissa Drake, Michelli Hawkins, Rayna Zohar, Jackie Carroll), 2:06.14; 200 FREE — 1, Kaylee Cooper, SM, 2:04.76; 200 IM — Julia Miller, SM, 2:38.37; 50 FREE — 1, Samantha Case, SM, 26.96; 100 FLY — 1, Kaylee Cooper, SM, 1:02.31; 100 FREE — 1, Ada Lawson, A, 1:00.05; 500 FREE — 1, Maddy Longshore, A, 6:26.19; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland, 1:50.45; 100 BACK — 1, Julia Miller, SM, 1:12.04; 100 BREAST — 1, Samantha Case, SM, 1:19.50; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Ashland, 4:17.36.