Canby wrestling team has strength in numbers
With nearly 60 wrestlers in the room, Canby should not have any problems filling out its lineup this season.
"We're pretty tough all the way up and down," Canby coach Jerremy Ensrud said. "We're filling every spot. There's a bunch of kids that came out, too, that have never wrestled before, which is awesome."
The Cougars are led by senior Logan Doman, a Class 6A state placer last season and the reigning 160-pound Three Rivers League champion.
Junior Kaden Boyd also returns after finishing fourth in the TRL at 160 pounds. But senior K'den McMullin, who placed fourth at 132, is not expected back after suffering a season ending football injury.
At 126 pounds, Caden Millar returns after placing sixth at the district meet last season. Cash Montgomery is also back after finishing sixth in 145-pound weight class.
Senior Brent Patterson gives the Cougars experience at 195 after placing fifth in the TRL last year.
Canby has two heavyweights — Payton Martin and Joshua Haynes.
"They're both tough," Ensrud said. "We'll see who rises to the top. Payton wrestled last year more and Joshua got injured so Payton has more experience."
Two freshmen, Landon Sprague at 106, and Ensrud's son, Ethan, at 113, should also make an impact.
Canby's girls wrestling team is also growing. The Cougars are starting the season with 10 girls, many of them rugby players.
Ashley Martin, herself a former Canby wrestler, has been hired to coach the girls.
"It's something I fought for," Ensrud said of the girls coaching position. "She's awesome, really motivated."
The girls team includes Havvy Erich, a world record holder in weight lifting.
"She's a phenom," Ensrud said. "She's a natural and she's strong. I'm excited to see how she does."
Canby opens the season Thursday, Dec. 12 at home against Tigard, and will then host the annual Larry Owings Meet on Dec. 21.
The district tournament is also at Canby on Feb. 14-15.
"It should be a good season," Ensrud said. "I'm looking forward to it. I've got some great kids to work with. That's the one thing about Canby kids is they're all great kids. I enjoy spending extra time in the room with them because they want to put the work in."
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