PORTLAND — Both of Ashland High’s representatives at the 2018 OSAA Division 5A Wrestling Championships, Zach Adler and Trevor Fulton, finished their days on a high note Friday to keep their hopes of claiming a podium spot alive at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Adler, seeded seventh in the 220-pound weight class, opened his day with a win over fall in 2:14 over Jacob Conklin of Mountain View before falling in the quarterfinals on an 8-5 decision to Milwaukie’s Noah Ramirez.
In the fashion as Adler, Fulton opened his day in the 170-pound weight class with a win, upsetting sixth-seeded Kirk Liscom of Pendleton. Fulton then fell in the quarterfinals 15-7 to Lebanon's Joseph Blisseck.
Both wrestlers finished the day with wins. They need to pick up three wins today to finish in third place in their respective weight classes.
At Greshem, Chris Frownfelter and Ziji Donahoo finished in seventh and eighth place in their respective events at the OSAA Division 5 Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Swimming Complex on Friday.
Frownfelter came in the 100 yard backstroke, as the Grizzlies’ lone returnee at state finished with a time of 55.97 seconds.
Ziji Donahoo finished ninth in his heat in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 51.60.
The foursome of Frownfelter, Donahoo, Rileigh Orr and Hunter Oliver who competed in the 200 yard medley finished in eighth place with a time of 1 minute, 47.24 seconds.
With the seventh- and eighth-place finishes, all of Ashland's representatives are alternates for today's championship round in case there is a late scratch.
ASHLAND 57, NORTH EUGENE 56: At Eugene, Gabe Ekwall’s last-second putback right before the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation was the difference as the Grizzlies claimed their second straight win by edging North Eugene in Midwestern League action on Friday night.
Trailing by one, Adam Jones hoisted up an off-balance shot to try and give his team the lead. As the ball traveled to the basket, Ekwall got in perfect position to not only catch the failed shot attempt that didn’t hit the rim, but to get the putback for the game-winning basket.
Moments earlier, North Eugene (5-17 overall, 3-9) took its only lead of the night, 56-55, with 14 seconds to go in the game.
“It was shades of NC State,” Ashland head coach Sam Osofsky said, citing the 1984 national championship game between North Carolina State and Houston where the Wolfpack beat the Cougars in similar fashion.
Ekwall was one of three Ashland (7-15, 3-9) players to finish in double figures, scoring 11 points. Anthony Swanson scored a team-high 18 points for the Grizzlies, while Jones had 15 and KJ Pippa added nine.
Ekwall and Jones combined to hit six of Ashland’s eight 3-pointers in the game.
North Eugene’s Cameron Parks finished with a game-high 23 points in the loss. He scored nearly half his points from the free throw line, going 11-for-14.
Ivan Encisco added 16 points for the Highlanders.
With the win, Ashland moved into a tie for sixth place with North Eugene. The Grizzlies, who play their final two regular-season games at home next week, also swept the season series against the Highlanders, thus giving them a tiebreaker if the two are tied after next Friday’s games.
ASHLAND (57): Pippa 9, Swanson 18, Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 11, A. Jones 15, Shibley 0, Smith 0, Desmond 0, Saulsbury 3, C. Jones 0. Totals: 19 11-16 57.
NORTH EUGENE (56): Pratt 0, DeGarmo 2, Enciso 16, Duke 8, Parks 23, Reiman 7, Richardson 0. Totals: 17 20-26 56.
3-point goals — Ashland 8 (Pippa 1, Ekwall 3, A. Jones 3, Saulsbury 1), North Eugene 2 (Duke 2). Fouled out — Saulsbury.
JV score — Ashland 62, North Eugene 54.
NORTH EUGENE 53, ASHLAND 37: At Eugene, North Eugene senior guard Maddie Carrier scored a game-high 23 points and hit all five of her team’s 3-pointers to lead the Highlanders over Ashland in the Grizzlies’ final road game of the season on Friday night.
Jayd Sollinger scored a team-high 17 points and was the only player in double figures for Ashland (3-19, 0-12), which trailed 27-12 heading into halftime.
Sam Cook and Audrey Ahlstrom scored eight and seven points, respectively, for North Eugene (8-14, 5-7), which had previously lost three of its last four games.
Ashland hosts Crater at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium to open the final week of the regular season.
ASHLAND (37): Altig 0, Voskes 2, Sollinger 17, Barnes 4, Gorringe 2, Moran 0, LaCoste 0, Munson 6, Elder-Hammond 0, Summers 0, Witnauer 4, Abel 2. Totals: 16 4-16 37.
NORTH EUGENE (53): Strand 0, S. Slaughter 0, Cook 8, Baboyan 0, Oravec 2, Manley 5, Lundin 4, B. Smith 4, Carrier 23, Ahlstrom 7. Totals: 20 8-12 53.
3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Sollinger 1), North Eugene 5 (Carrier 5).
JV result — North Eugene won.
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