SOU grapplers dominate Pacific

Returning National Champion Chris Platt scored a pin in less than 30 seconds and the fifth-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team on Thursday dropped just one match en route to a 38-3 victory over Pacific at McNeal Pavilion.

Southern Oregon improved to 4-2 with the victory and will battle Oregon State and Air Force tomorrow at Corvallis. Pacific dropped to 0-3 on the season. Southern Oregon has now won 15 straight in the series with Pacific.

Platt, wrestling at 184 pounds, scored one of three pins on the night for the Raiders and needed just 23 seconds to do it.

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt (125) and Ron Lee (197) both recorded falls.

Lofstedt improved to 16-2 on the season with nine pins.

Tommie Hooper moved up to 165 for the dual and scored an 18-1 tech fall victory.

Ken Hyland scored Pacific's lone victory at 157.

125 — Mitchell Lofstedt (SOU) fall John Cushman 2:44

133 — Brian Jacob (SOU) dec. Andrew Wolfe 8-2

141 — Justin Eldred (SOU) dec. Seth Honl 5-4

149 — Justin Mills (SOU) major dec. Kody Kramer 15-6

157 — Ken Hyland (Pacific) dec. Tomas Rosa 7-0

165 — Tommie Hooper (SOU) tech fall Nathan Shay 18-1 4:59

174 — Austin Vanderford (SOU) major dec. Jordan Branson 13-4

184 — Chris Platt (SOU) fall Nik Streng :23

197 — Ron Lee (SOU) fall Ron Neu 1:28

285 — John Harrison (SOU) dec. Chris McLinden

College Football

Southern Oregon offensive lineman Jordan Myers has been named to the 2009 American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-American team, the AFCA announced Thursday.

Myers was a four-year starter for the Raiders at left tackle, making 37 straight starts and playing every snap of the last two years.

"Jordan is the most deserving guy on our team," SOU head coach Steve Helminiak said. "It's very satisfying to see a guy who is this deserving get honored by the AFCA. Nobody exudes Raider football like Jordan. He's a great representative for SOU as a student, a person and a football player."

Myers had 130 knockdowns as an offensive lineman over his four years and helped block for a 1,000-yard rusher each of the past two years.

Myers is the first Raider to be named All-American since 2003 and just the fourth SOU offensive lineman to earn the honor.

The AFCA's NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

College Baseball

Oregon State sophomore right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America second team as announced by the organization Wednesday.

Gaviglio, a former Ashland High standout, is coming off an outstanding freshman season, where he went 10-1 with a 2.73 earned run average. He ended the season on a seven-game win streak, including his last start of the 2009 campaign, coming in a victory over Texas A&M at the Fort Worth Regional. Gaviglio struck out 55 in 62 2/3 innings, and walked just nine. He scattered 45 hits in 18 appearances, six of which were starts, and opponents batted just .200 against him.

After his outstanding freshman campaign, Gaviglio was recognized by a number of organizations. He was named to the Freshman All-America First Team by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and Ping! Baseball. Gaviglio was also selected to Baseball America's Freshman All-America Second Team.

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