No. 2 SOU Wrestling Dominates No. 20 Menlo in 38-12 Win

The second-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team won the first five matches and picked up four total pins as the Raiders rolled to a 38-12 victory over No. 20 Menlo Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

SOU junior Mitch Lofstedt faces off against Menlo junior Drake Medieros during the wrestling match on Friday. Photo by Troy Goossen/The Siskiyou

Southern Oregon, 9-3 in duals this season, knocks off the Oaks for the second weekend in a row after taking a 22-18 victory last Saturday in Atherton, Calif. The Raiders return to action Saturday, when they will host Clackamas Community College in a 5 p.m. exhibition dual and Simon Fraser in a 7 p.m. dual at Bob Riehm Arena.

“We were aggressive tonight compared to when we wrestled them down south, and I think that made a huge difference,” SOU head coach Mike Ritchey. “You’ve got to push yourself this time of year in matches and I was pleased to see our aggressiveness tonight and it paid off.”

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt opened the dual with his 19th pin of the season, taking down Menlo’s Drake Medieros in 5:37 to win the 125-pound bout. Miguel Baltazar and No. 5 Kyle Wirkuty followed with a pair of major decision victories in the 133 and 141, while No. 6 Jimmy Eggemeyer picked up a forfeit win in the 149 and Dalton Urrutia pinned Mike Lopez in 1:45 to take the 157.

David Rios earned the first win of the night for Menlo, picking up a 4-3 upset of No. 7 Brian Lemmon in the 165, and Nick Gill followed with a 9-7 win over Tucker Van Matre in the 174. The Raiders bounced back with a pair of pins, as Tyler Thomas took down Greg Alvarez in 4:08 and Derek Rottenberg pinned Justin Harrison in 6:31 to win the 184 and 197. Menlo’s seventh-ranked Leonard Romero ended the dual with a pin of 10th-ranked Bubba Owens in 4:25.

Southern Oregon has already clinched its 42nd consecutive winning season, stretching back to 1970-71, when legendary coach Bob Riehm led the Raiders to an 11-2 record. During the streak, the Raiders are now 408-135-2 in dual meets.

125 – (SOU) #1 Mitchell Lofstedt fall Drake Medieros, 5:37
133 – (SOU) Miguel Baltazar maj. dec. Alex Varela, 15-1
141 – (SOU) #5 Kyle Wirkuty maj. dec. Christian Franks, 10-2
149 – (SOU) #6 Jimmy Eggemeyer win by forfeit
157 – (SOU) Dalton Urrutia fall Mike Lopez, 1:45
165 – (MC) David Rios dec. #7 Brian Lemmon, 4-3
174 – (MC) Nick Gill dec. Tucker Van Matre, 9-7
184 – (SOU) Tyler Thomas fall Greg Alvarez, 4:08
197 – (SOU) Derek Rottenberg fall Justin Harrison, 6:31
285 – (MC) #7 Leonard Romero fall #10 Bubba Owens, 4:25

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