Southern Oregon Conference The Southern League, or Southern Oregon Confer- ence as it is also known, has had a long winning tradition starting with Klamath Union winning the first of five state championships in 1948 to Crater more recently winning the title in 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2000. In between, Grants Pass High School won three consecu- tive crowns during the 1960's; Roseburg took one in 1974; and Eagle Point won it in 1985, 1988, and 1989. bringing the total to 16 OSAA team titles since 1948. The league has also had 71 individual champions since 1959 Of the three Grants Pass teams to take state, the 1962 version was the strongestwith two champions. The following year, Grants Pass had to settle for a tie with Lebanon. Both teams had 43 points, the lowest point total to win the tournament since 1953, when the points given for placing were considerably less. Both teams had one champion and three other placers. Klamath Union was only one point behind the leaders with one cham- pion and three other placers. In 1964, Grants Pass won the state championship one more time, but this time without an individual champion. Roseburg won the 1974 state title in easy fashion, claiming two weights, a runner-up in another, and two consolation places. Eagle Point joined the league for the 1980 tourna- ment, coming up from the Double-A ranks. The team, coached by Bob Bergen, had taken top Double-A honors two years earlier, and was runner-up in 1979. By 1981, they had broken into the top ten in the Triple-A, and Robbie Bolf won an individual title for the school. Then in 1985, Eagle Point won the state championship, nudg- ing past Sam Barlow High School by half a point. Although not winning a weight class, the team had six placers, including three finalists. The 1988 champion- ship team had one champion, one second placer, and nine other placers in a very strong effort that set an OSAA record for most points scored in the tournament series. Crater set a record for points scored in 1998, but this was in the first year that eight wreslers were placed in each weight. Crater repeated in 1999 with five state champions with 225 points, and ranks as seventh best team ever at the 4A level when looking at the first six individual placings in each weight. Mike Grant was the first Triple Crown wrestler from the Southern League. This Grants Pass wrestler went on to win two national NCAA titles wrestling for the University of Oklahoma. Other league wrestlers to win Triple Crowns are Steve Lander of Roseburg who did it in 1986; Tony Champion of Eagle Point in 1988; Les Gutches (two-time winner) of South Medford in 1990; and Doug Lee of Crater in 1996. Gutches became the league's first three time state champion when he won the 191 pound class in 1991. Two-time state champions have been Gary Bailey and Mark Rodriquez of Roseburg and Russell Smith and Henry Muller of Medford. Rodriquez was also a four- time district champion.
Ashland 1959-2006 Crater 1959-2006 Eagle Point 1980-2006 Grants Pass 1959-2006 Hidden Valley 1980-1989 Klamath Union 1959-1985, 1988-2006
Mazama 1980-1988 Medford 1959-1986 North Medford 1987-2006 Roseburg 1967-2006 South Medford 1987-2006