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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Associated Press, Hunter Hoeptner was killed on Tuesday in a motorcycle crash in southern Oregon. Hoeptner, who was riding on a 2001 Honda sport bike, crashed into the side of a pickup.

The incident happened near the Jackson County Sports Park in Medford, according to the story. It is believed that speed is the factor that led to this crash.

High School Wrestling Mat (Photo by Flickr)

High School Wrestling Mat (Photo by Flickr)

The 2004 Ford pickup was struck by the former wrestler as he was crossing Highway 140 on Kershaw Road at about 10 am on Tuesday morning. 80-year-old Allan Campbell was the pickup driver that was hit by Hoeptner.

Campbell was not injured in the crash.

The 21-year-old Hoeptner is a former wrestling champion in high school. He was a member on the Eagle Point High School team, as he won the Class 5A 160-pound state championship in 2014, according to the AP.

Kacey McNulty, who was his wrestling head coach, said “the death is a tremendous loss.” He also recalled Hoeptner’s leadership, generosity and compassion.

“He was a great wrestler, a great competitor,” McNulty said to The Mail Tribune. “He was a good young man.”

The coach also said that the former wrestling champion was good with electronics — and previously helped in repairing his wife’s iPhone.

Hoeptner is a former class president and had more than 100 hours of community service while he was in high school.

“He was just a very generous young man who’d give you his time to help people out,” McNulty added.

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