Milwaukie wrestlers take five of final six matches, rally past Putnam, 43-31
Milwaukie High School's wrestling team leaned on some of the muscle at the back end of the lineup as the Mustangs rallied for a 43-31 Northwest Oregon Conference road win Wednesday over the Putnam Kingsmen.
Putnam won five of the first eight weight classes to open a 25-15 lead, but the Mustangs answered with Elias Gelfand winning by major decision at 160 pounds, Osric White winning by a second-round fall at 170, Korbyn Amundson winning by a first-round fall at 182, and Peter Foulke winning by a first-round fall at 220.
Finally, Milwaukie heavyweight Ulises Aguilar-Soto won by second-round fall over Putnam's Connor Wright to lock up the Mustangs' third team win in five league duals.
"I thought it would be kinda close, actually," Mustangs coach Robert Lippi said. "We don't have our best lineup. We have a couple of kids that are at the wrong weight right now, so we didn't match up very well today, but the kids gutted it out and they won when they needed to win."
Milwaukie's other win came from Gavin Smith with a second-round pin at 106, Theodore Baldwin with an 18-12 decision at 120, and Brandon Pomeroy with a second-round fall at 138.
Putnam's Zoey Shawcross won by forfeit at 113, Drew Greco won by a major decision at 126, Lawrence Riddle won by a second-round pin at 132, and Keegan McKay won by a first-round fall at 145.
Owen Lundgren added to Putnam's win total with an 11-5 decision over Milwaukie's Marc Jheryl Gutierrez that gave the Kingsmen a 25-15 lead with six bouts remaining.
Gelfand, White, and Amundson dominated each of the next three matches to give the Mustangs a 31-25 lead, but Putnam's Kevin Villa needed only 34 seconds to put Milwaukie's Kevin Clifton on his back at 195 to even the score at 31-31.
Next, Foulke made quick work on Putnam's Quinnlan Boyd at 220, scoring the initial takedown before putting the Kingsmen's junior on his back with 26 seconds left in the first round.
"I had him in an under-hook and then I went for the knee pick," Foulke said. "We scrambled for a bit and then I got him down on the mat and we went out of bounds.
"On the restart, I chopped him down and did a wrist-roll to a half-nelson."
That put the Mustangs on top 37-31 and all Aguilar-Soto had to do was stay off his back against Wright in a battle of two first-year heavyweights.
After a scoreless first period, Aguilar-Soto started the second round in the down position. Just when it looked as if Wright might turn Aguilar-Soto's shoulders toward the mat, the Mustangs' heavyweight used a big-man roll to score a reversal that then turned into a pinning combination.
"We were kind of in an awkward position and I just took advantage of the situation and threw him over me," Aguilar-Soto said. "I'm always looking to go for a half-nelson or an arm bar because that's what I'm most comfortable win. But sometimes I just put my belly in the guy's face and that works, too.
"Everybody worked hard through the whole week and it showed in the final score tonight."
Putnam coach John Telesmanich counted Baldwin's win for Milwaukie at 120, Gelfand's win at 160, and Aguilar-Soto's win at heavyweight among the key matches that helped swing the decision in the Mustangs' favor.
"The match went as expected with some of the moves that Milwaukie made," Telesmanich said. "I was hoping that Osric White would have stayed at 160 and maybe given us a chance at 170, but when they moved Gelfand to 160 and put White at 170, that changed some things."
At the same time, the Kingsmen still had a chance to earn a tie in the final match.
"At heavyweight, Connor is a first-year sophomore and still learning," Telesmanich said. "He's athletic for a heavyweight, but … he weighs about 240 and Ulises is about 270, and when you turn a heavyweight, they usually don't get off their backs.
"We work on the big-man roll, too. It's just that Connor doesn't have the feel for it yet."
Putnam closes out the regular season at home Thursday against Scappoose, while Milwaukie plays host to Hillsboro — the final tune-up before the Feb. 21-22 NWOC championships at Wilsonville High School.
"We're going to go after Hillsboro as best we can," Lippi said. "We've got to have our best team out there, because some of those matches will determine seeding for the district tournament."
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