WRESTLING - The Pioneers win 8 of the 13 contested bouts to get past Barlow in the season opener

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlow's Nick Collins sends Oregon City's Landon Peterson to the mat on his way to a 53-second pin at 160 pounds.

Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Oregon City (1-0)
Barlow (0-1)

Oregon City showed itself to be a contender for this year's Mount Hood Conference wrestling title after scoring a 47-36 dual win over Barlow in Thursday's season opener.

It was a quick night on the mats with none of the 14 bouts reaching the final buzzer — eight were decided by first-round pins.

The match closest to going to full six minutes came at 152 pounds where Oregon City's Henry Villarreal scored late back points to win a 19-3 technical fall with 0:20 on the clock. Teammate Barrett Bicha added a third-round pin at 170 pounds to put the Pioneers in command 41-18 heading into the upper weight classes.

The Bruins would need a perfect finish — four pins in four bouts — to win the dual.

Houston Simmet, Thomas Cousins and Brody Carlson obliged, needing less than four minutes combined to flatten their opponents.

But the biggest task was still ahead. The Bruins needed to pin reigning district champ Lane Marshall at heavyweight to score the winning points.

Barlow's Tristan Stauffer battled him through a scoreless opening round before Marshall got a pin midway through the second to clinch Oregon City's dual victory.

Oregon City hosts Centennial on Wednesday night, while Barlow hosts crosstown rival Gresham on Thursday.

• In other action, Clackamas beat Gresham 37-36 in a dual that saw eight forfeits, and Centennial registered nine pins in a 68-9 win over Reynolds.

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