Cougars win all of the close matches en route to a 43-22 team victory

Clackamas High matmen fell to Canby 43-22 in their final dual meet of the 2014 Three Rivers League season. But it was a meet that was a lot closer than the final score might indicate.

The Cougars won eight of the 11 matches decided on the mat, but at least four of their wins were in matches that could have very easily gone the other way. Had Clackamas come out on top in those close matches, the Cavaliers would have won the meet 34-31.

“It was a tough dual to lose,” said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. “I thought our kids put themselves in positions to win, but we just couldn’t close out the critical matches at 132, 138 and 152.... and 145 was a wild match, where we just gave up too many easy points.... Nathan Andrusko wrestled great at 170 and really gave our team a chance to win.”

At 132, Canby sophomore Aaron Jarmer won by 5-3 decision over Clackamas junior Gabe Llewelyn.

At 138, Canby junior Nick Strnad won by 7-5 decision over Clackamas senior Matthew Miller

At 152, Canby senior Tama Willis won by 4-2 decision over Clackamas junior Alex Brittle.

And there were other close matches that went the Cougars’ way. At 145, Clackamas senior Tristan Prow battled tooth-and-nail with Canby junior Justin Cardinale in a 22-16 loss.

And at 170, Clackamas junior Nathan Andrusko dropped a 5-1 decision to Canby senior Jacob Posey.

Canby also had winners by fall at 106, where freshman Gus Warren got the best of Clackamas freshman Gage Saunders; and at 285, where Canby strong man Alejandro Sandoval pinned Clackamas senior Cole Johnson. Canby senior Jesus Zuriaga won by major decision over Thomas Nguyen at 120.

Clackamas winners on the mat included: junior Will Greer (113) by fall over Canby junior Preston Sellers; senior Brad Pfeifer (182), by fall over sophomore Tanner Monen; and junior Johnny Nguyen, by 14-2 major decision over Canby sophomore Alex Purtzer.

Clackamas forfeited at 160 and 195; Canby forfeited at 220.

The win left Canby (4-0) and West Linn (4-0) tied for first place in the TRL dual-meet standings. The two teams were to meet at West Linn on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

With a win, West Linn would bag its first league title since 2007. Canby last won the TRL dual title in 2012.

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