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Sophomore Matthew Hagen pins Harley Richter in second period to seal victory

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby sophomore Matthew Hagen pinned Oregon City's Harley Richter Thursday night to seal a Cougar victory.

Thursday night's Three Rivers League dual started with an Oregon City assistant coach telling Canby's student section to be "classy."

After rattling off four straight pins, several Pioneers then flexed at the Canby students.

But the Cougars had the last laugh as sophomore Matthew Hagen, down 12-4 in the second period after being on his back for much of the first, pinned Oregon City's Harley Richter to seal a 42-37 Canby victory.

"He was big and strong, a lot bigger than me," Hagen said of Richter, who has spent much of the season wrestling at 285. I was not finishing my moves and I was almost pinned there a couple of times."

Before the dual, Canby honored its seven seniors.

"I couldn't let those seniors down," Hagen said. "I kept fighting. I knew if I didn't necessarily win, I could not get pinned. He just ran out of gas completely. He couldn't fight anymore. He was so tired. I was on top just grinding it out.

I could tell he was done because he just wasn't trying to get up anymore. It was a shock to me. I was up against a big guy."

The Cougars opened the dual with three straight pins from Landon Sprague (106), Ethan Ensrud (113) and Nick Maruez (120) to take an 18-0 lead.

"It wasn't all me," Hagen said. "It was mostly those guys at the beginning."

Canby senior Asher Chaffee (126) was able to avoid getting pinned before losing by a 13-5 major decision.

After Zach Netter (132) extended Canby's lead to 24-4 with another pin, Oregon City reeled off four straight pins, followed by a 6-3 decision to take a 31-24 advantage.

But the Pioneers forfeited the 182 and 195-pound matches to set up Hagen's heroics.

"I don't have a ton of experience," said Hagen, who is just in his second year wrestling. "But knowing that I can push through and finish like that on a guy that should've had the edge on me is just going to really drive me to work harder."

Derek Wiley
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