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The Cougars recorded four pins and two major decisions in Three Rivers League match

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby junior Nick Marquez got a takedown in the final seconds of the third period to defeat Tigard wrestler Cade McCallister 8-7 Wednesday.

Canby's freshmen lightweights got the wrestling team off to a strong start.

The more experienced heavier weights then finished Tigard off, as the Cougars won their first Three Rivers League dual of the season, 44-24, Wednesday night in Canby.

Freshmen Landon Sprague (106 pounds) and Ethan Ensrud (113) both dominated their matches.

Sprague won by an 11-2 major decision and Ensrud earned a first period pin to give the Cougars a 10-0 lead.

At 120, junior Nick Marquez then won 8-7 on a takedown in the final seconds of the third period.

"He battled real hard and tired the guy out," Canby coach Jeremy Ensrud said. "I kind of saw it coming and just told him to pick up the pace, and it worked. That was exciting. He wrestled a great match. That's the kind of wrestling we want to do, push it and battle hard."

Canby junior Dominic Netter earned a 17-8 major decision victory at 138 pounds, but the Tigers won at 126, 132, 145, and 152 to take an 18-17 lead after eight matches.

At 160, junior Tyler Hensley put the Cougars on top for good, winning by an 8-4 decision.

"I just tried to keep all the pressure and all the intensity no matter what happens," Hensley said.

Back-to-back pins by Kaden Boyd (170) and Logan Doman (182), and a Tigard forfeit at 195, increased Canby's advantage to 38-18.

"It was a little bit nerve-racking that we started losing, but I knew that our team would pull through because me and Logan are two good wrestlers right next to each other, so I felt good about that," said Boyd, who pinned his opponent in 1 minute and 14 seconds. "Coach told me to come out with some attitude and some fire, so I came out with attitude and fire."

Doman won his match in 33 seconds.

"I just wanted to make sure we got a win," Doman said." It was too close, so I went for the six (points). Sometimes I'll let him up and try a couple of moves on him and get a good workout. I decided just to get it done quick."

Doman is starting the season at 182 after wrestling in the 160-pound division last season.

"I don't like cutting weight at all," Doman said. "I feel like it's not healthy and I like to be hydrated and have a lot of energy during my training and also during matches."

At 220, Canby sophomore Matthew Hagen also earned a first period pin, before Tigard won the heavyweight match to complete the scoring.

"The team is actually looking a lot better than I thought we were going to look," said Doman, who won the TRL district title and then placed fifth in Class 6A at 160 last season. "We have some really decent lightweights. It's nice that we have a guy at each weight that's decent and has wrestled some matches, so I think it's going to look really good this season."

Derek Wiley
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