SOU men garner fourth straight dual win

PORTLAND — Southern Oregon cashed in four pins to collect its fourth straight road win Thursday, 37-12 over Warner Pacific in a Cascade Collegiate Conference dual at Bart Valentine Court.

Devin Poppen (141 pounds), Chandler Michael (149) and Hunter Hodges (157) won by fall consecutively and Tanner Fischer ended the night win another pin in the heavyweight match. The 13th-ranked Raiders improved to 5-2 going into Saturday's Bronco Duals in Hastings, Neb.

Josh Johnson, the eighth-ranked 125-pounder in the NAIA, put the Knights (0-9) on the board first with an 11-4 defeat of Trey Long, but Matt Peterson's 21-11 major decision over Lucas Higginbotham started a run of 22 unanswered points for SOU.

Poppen, ranked fourth at 141, finished off Zachery Sias in 2:07 in bringing his record to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in dual matches. Michael, ranked 10th, followed with his seventh pin of the season in 6:29 against Baylen Cooper, going to 15-5 on the season. Hodges hadn't appeared in a dual since the Raiders' Nov. 10 opener against Menlo, but the sixth-ranked 157-pounder needed just 2:23 to pin Timothy Rivera.

Max Hane picked up a 6-4 win over Joe Dickinson at 184 for SOU, and Fischer went to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in duals after taking care of Alvaro Venegas nine seconds into the second round. The Raiders also scored at 197, where Alejandro Sandoval won by forfeit.

The Knights got points at 165 and 174, as third-ranked Blake Cooper got Micah Arakawa by 12-2 major decision and Matthew Aguigui won by 19-1 technical fall over Cody Stahl.

The Raiders have won five straight duals against CCC opponents. At the Bronco Duals, hosted by Hastings College, they'll face Northwestern (Iowa), Doane (Neb.), York (Neb.) and Wayland Baptist (Texas).

Women's Wrestling

At Portland, the Southern Oregon women's wrestling team claimed all three contested weight classes in a 28-6 dual win over Warner Pacific on Thursday night at Bart Valentine Court.

Alejandra Rodriguez pinned Regina Dickinson at 136 pounds and Latiana Tauaese pinned Sterling Magnuson at 191 to lead the Raiders, who are ranked 15th in the latest WCWA poll. At 123, Anesia Ramirez won by 5-2 decision against Chelsey Chavez.

Rodriguez, ranked fourth at 130 pounds, is now 17-7 on the season with 12 wins by fall. She's pinned five of her last six opponents.

SOU also scored with three wins by forfeit, and the Knights got their only points with a forfeit at 170.

The teams wrestled three exhibition matches, two of which were won by SOU. Tristyn Borden won by fall and Olivia Ioppolo scored a technical fall.

The Raiders, now 4-5 in dual matches, will compete Saturday at the Oregon Classic in Redmond.

Share This Story