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Heavyweights Hagen and Martin recorded pins in final two matches to lead Cougars to victory

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby's Matthew Hagen helped the Cougars complete a come-from-behind victory at Woodburn.

Canby dug itself a giant hole Wednesday night at Woodburn.

But Matthew Hagen and Payton Martin got the Cougars out of it.

The Canby heavyweights both recorded pins in the final two matches of the night as the Cougars came from behind to edge Woodburn 41-37.

Canby trailed the Bulldogs 37-29 when Hagen took the mat to face Gunthrie DeCrozuc.

"It's hard to ignore the fact that we were down, but I tried not to think about it and focus on my one match," said Hagen, who pinned DeCrozuc early in the third period. "I was close to pinning him at the end of the first and time ran out. I could tell he was just getting tired. I was tired, too, but I knew he was tired, too, so I kept going and I knew he would run out before me."

Within 37-35 of Woodburn, the Cougars just needed a win from Martin. But the Canby senior did not mess around and pinned Jose Chavez in 37 seconds to complete the comeback.

"I was mad that it (the dual) was that close," Martin said. "I had to go out there and win it for my team. I just didn't want the team to lose. We had so many close matches that we gave up pins, too. When it comes down to you, you have to take on that responsibility."

Martin entered the match confident after pinning Chavez earlier this season at Canby's Larry Owings tournament.

"I used the same move I used on him there," Martin said. "I was feeling pretty confident going into it. I knew if it came to me, I would be able to pin him."

The Cougars led early in the dual, 11-6, thanks to a quick pin by Ethan Ensrud at 113 followed by a 15-0 technical fall by Nick Marquez at 120.

But Woodburn, which was led by Wesley Vasquez, the reigning 113-pound Class 4A champion, answered with four pins and a major decision to take a commanding 34-11 advantage.

Cash Montgomery (160) started Canby's comeback by pinning Alan Ibarra in the first period.

Kaden Boyd (170) and Logan Doman (182) both pinned their opponents as well to keep the Cougars in the match and set up Hagen and Martin to be the heroes.

"It feels really good to do my part and not let the team down," Hagen said. "I don't feel like I did anything too significant. I won my match and it just happened the dual was close at the end. I'm really proud of everybody else that did their job."

Canby is back home Thursday, Jan. 23 for a Three Rivers League dual against Lakeridge.


Derek Wiley
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