Lakeridge, Lake Oswego wrestlers prep for Class 6A tournament
This is it.
This is the one they've all been waiting for.
The Class 6A state wrestling tournament opens with first-round matches beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, then continues with matches at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
And the best wrestlers from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego are locked, loaded and ready to go. The Lakers' state contingent includes senior Harris Brown at 152 pounds and junior Vinnie Chestnut, also at 152. For the Pacers, headed to state are junior Quinn Brink — the reigning state champion at 126 — at 138, junior Jared Bartunek at 160 and junior Jonas Crowder at 170.
Brown enters the 6A state tournament as the second seed at 152 and coming off an impressive Three Rivers League district championship, while Chestnut is unseeded after finishing fourth in the TRL.
"Hopefully, I'll win it," Brown said of the upcoming state tournament. "I'll do my best and try to rest my best, try to prove myself."
Brown will face unseeded Burgess Myers of Reynolds in his opener and could meet seventh-seeded Jacob McRae of Southridge in his quarterfinal.
Chestnut is unseeded and opens with a bye, then will likely face sixth-seeded Ruslan Pilat of David Douglas in the second round.
For Lakeridge, Brink is seventh-seeded at 138 after placing second in the TRL tournament; he could face second-seeded Sawyer Myers of West Albany in his quarterfinal match, and might earn a semifinal rematch against West Linn freshman Cael Brunson — who beat him in the TRL title match — in his semifinal.
Looking back on his upset loss to Brunson at district, Brink said he would use it to energize his efforts at state.
"It's definitely going to be fuel for the fire," he said.
Bartunek will open his state tournament against third-seeded Brayden Ebbs of McNary on Friday, while Crowder — who opens state action with a bye — will likely face sixth-seeded Kyle McAlpin of Aloha in the second round.