CENTRAL POINT — Brock Gutches became the first high school wrestler to win a weight division while Seth Roy led a Southern Oregon squad that placed well on Saturday at the sixth annual Best of the West Open wrestling tournament.
Gutches, a senior at Crater high school, won all of his matches at 157 with considerable ease and dominated his final match against Oregon State varsity starter Tim Patrick with a final score of 11-6.
"Right off the bat we got into a scramble, and I was able to get behind him," Gutches said of his final match. "I then shot him with a double leg move and was able to get him on his back. This kind of set the tone for the match, and I was able to ride him for most of the rest of the match."
Gutches is ranked 73rd nationally and won the Class 5A state championship as a junior. He signed a letter of intent last week to wrestle at Boise State University after considering University of Minnesota and Southern Oregon University.
SOU wrestling coach Mike Ritchey was clearly impressed with Gutches performance in the tournament.
"Pretty amazing accomplishment for a kid," Ritchey said. "Basically, you're talking about a 17, 18-year old kid competing against fully developed college seniors. The fact that he also dominated throughout the tournament is a pretty incredible accomplishment."
Said Gutches: "I think right now I am a better college wrestler than I am a high school wrestler. I had nothing to lose because I was younger than all the other wrestlers. It's definitely tough wrestling guys who are a lot older and tougher, but you just got to go out and wrestle."
Roy finished second at 149 pounds to lead five SOU wrestlers who placed in the top three of their respective divisions. He beat RJ Pena, who is ranked second in the nation, in his semifinal match before narrowly losing his finals match against Heinrich Barnes with a 4-2 decision.
Barnes is an Oregon State starter and also wrestled for South Africa during last summer's Olympic Games.
"Seth put in a great effort and gave everything he had," Ritchey said. "He lost partly because of a penalty point, but he was just being aggressive, and I like that of my wrestlers."
The tournament included more than 1,000 wrestlers and was represented well by Southern Oregon.
"It was a herculean effort from the wrestling community," Ritchey said. "I was really happy how it turned out. Our kids did really well."
Oregon State, who had four different wrestlers win their division and placed 11 wrestlers in the top three overall, will host SOU on Dec. 6.
Best of the West Open Results
1. Ben Kjar, UVCS 3-1
2. Jake Gonzales, OSU
1. Flint Ray, UVSU 3-0
2. Alberto Arriola West Hills
1. Michael Mangrum OSU 3-2
2. Garrett Drucker OSU-U
1. Heinrich Barnes 4-2
2. Seth Roy SOU
1. Brock Gutches 11-6
2. Tim Patrick OSU
1. Keegan Davis OSU 9-5
2. Alec Ortiz
1. Cady Vasconcellos Sierra 6-1
2. Brandon Perkins OSU
1. Kyle Bressler OSU 13-2
2. Ty Vinson OSU-Un
1. Adam Fager UVSU DFlt.
2. Chad Hanke
1. Clayton Jack OSU Fall - Outstanding Wrestler
2. Steve Franklin SFSU
3. Jon Bates SOU
The 19th-ranked Southern Oregon University women's basketball team overcame a horrid early shooting performance to knock off Menlo 91-72 Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion in the final game of the Coming Attractions Theatres Classic.
The Raiders are now 6-0 on the season. Menlo dropped to 1-1. SOU is off until Dec. 2 when they host Simpson University.
The trio of Ashley Baker, Jacki Speer and Whitney Scott led the Raiders with 16 points each. Baker also added 10 rebounds. Rhiannon Dickison added 11 points.
"Our team defense stepped up in the second half, and (Baker) was a big part of that," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said. "(Baker) dominated on the defensive end in the second half and that got her going offensively."
SOU had trouble getting shots to fall in the early going, hovering around 23 percent for most of the first half before warming up and cutting the Menlo lead to 41-31 at the half. The Raiders finished the first half shooting 39 percent.
A 3-pointer by Menlo's Kelci Fushikoshi pushed the Oaks' lead to 44-33 early in the second half before SOU took off.
A layup by Scott and a 3-pointer by Dickison cut the Menlo lead to 44-38 and forced the Oaks into a timeout.
The Menlo lead stayed around four points until Scott nailed a jumper to get the Raiders within one at 53-52. Scott then hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Raiders the lead for good at 55-54 with 13:12 to play and they never looked back.
SOU finished the game shooting 52 percent and forced 30 turnovers with 16 steals.
"We talked at halftime about getting our offense going from the inside-out," Kennedy said. "We established our inside game, especially in the second half, and it opened up the outside shots. It's all about our offensive flow. If we get that going, we can be pretty good."
Fushikoshi led Menlo with a game-high 24 points.
At Klamath Falls, the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team had six players score in double-digits as they scored an 88-77 victory over Bethany on Saturday.
SOU is now 2-2 on the season. Bethany fell to 2-4 overall. SOU travels back to Klamath Falls Tuesday night for a nonconference game with Oregon Tech.
Jarrad Childs led the Raiders with 15 points and also had a game-high six steals. Eli Thornton finished with 14 points, while Trevor McCay had 13 points, Kory Mahr and Austin Wolfer finished with 12 points and Humphrey Jackson had 10 points. Jackson also had seven assists.
The Raiders got it done on the defensive end early, holding Bethany to 38 percent shooting in the first half to take a 44-33 halftime lead. SOU then shot 50 percent in the second half to put the game away.
Kenny Thompson had 28 points to lead Bethany.