Oregon state champ Hoeptner killed in motorcycle crash

Hunter Hoeptner, 2014 Oregon state wrestling champ for Eagle Point High School, was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday morning. He was 21.

Hoeptner's Honda sport bike struck the side of a pickup that was crossing Highway 140 about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Oregon State Police. Hoeptner was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup driver was uninjured.

Hunter Hoeptner
Hoeptner won the Oregon Class 5A 160-pound state wrestling championship in March 2014.

This past season, Hoeptner had volunteered with Eagle Point High School's wrestling program, assisting with tournaments among other off-season events. While in high school, Hoeptner had logged more than 100 hours of community service, including assisting at the guest services desk at Ashland Community Hospital, socializing with residents at Emeritus at Eagle Cove Assisted Living and helping them with electronics issues, volunteering as a lunch buddy for Eagle Rock Elementary students and volunteering with Eagle Point School District in repairing electronics.

Kacey McNulty, head wrestling coach at Eagle Point High, described Hoeptner as a former class president who was a "great leader" who was sensitive and good to people.

"He was just a very generous young man who'd give his time to help people out," McNulty told the Medford (Oregon) Mail Tribune.

"He was a great wrestler, a great competitor. He was a good young man."

Funeral services for Hunter Hoeptner have yet to be announced.


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