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With plenty of returners to the team, the Cougars look poised to make bids for league championships

ARCHIVE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby seniors Jonathan Zuriaga (right) and Josh Rowden (below) are among the returning wrestlers to lead the team in league contests.
Head coach: Jeremy Ensrud

2017-18: 5th in Three Rivers League

Key losses: Jordan Peterson (state qualifier), Harrison Kinney (state qualifier), Jake Lowry (state qualifier)

Key returners: Logan Doman (state qualifier), Sam Shuey (state qualifier), Stephen Rue (state qualifier), Jonathan Zuriaga (state qualifier)

Outlook: Canby wrestling looks to make a big splash in the 2018-2019 season.

While the team graduated three state qualifiers last year, it returns four more. The team's veteran experience heading into the season should pay dividends when it gets into league meets this season.

Senior Jonathan Zuriaga, who will wrestle in either the 120-pound or 113-pound divisions, will be one of the leaders of the team, particularly in the lower weight classes. Joining him in leadership positions among the smaller competitors will be 138-pound senior Josh Rowden and 126-pound senior Nick Froyd, among other strong competitors.

Where the team figures to be strongest though is in the upper weight classes. Senior Stephen Rue will be returning to the 220-pound weight class where he was a district champion. Heavyweight Kyler Boyd was undefeated in league competition last season, and figures to make waves this season as well.

Head coach Jeremy Ensrud was high on some of his other upper-weight class wrestlers.

"(Junior 170-pounder) Logan Doman gained a lot of experience last year and will be a strong force this year," Ensrud said. "(195-pound senior) Sam Shuey and (182-pound senior) Michael Clark are both very tough wrestlers (as well)."

In the Three Rivers League, the landscape has changed slightly. Gone are Newberg and Sherwood, and in is Oregon City, a strong competitor who Ensrud figures will be vying for a league title with West Linn. That being said though, don't expect it to be one way traffic for any school in the league, according to the Canby head coach.

"I feel like the league is pretty evenly matched," Ensrud said. "I don't think anyone will really run away with the title."

First Meet: Thursday, Dec. 13 @ Tigard

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