Youthful Lake Oswego wrestling aiming to improve, compete
The Lake Oswego wrestling team is young — and the Lakers know it.
But they also say they're ready to work, improve and compete.
Lake Oswego opens the 2019-20 season with 10 underclassmen in its starting lineup and head coach Jeff Carpenter understands the challenges that come with that fact.
"Lake Oswego will have 10 underclassmen starting on varsity at times this year," Carpenter said. "(And) we have over half our team entering the season as brand-new wrestlers (so) it will be a building and learning year. Our goal this year is just to get all our underclassmen to improve and be ready to compete at a higher level next year."
This year's team features one returning district placewinner — senior team captain Lucas Cuyuch, who will lead the Lakers after placing fifth at 152 pounds in the 2019 Three Rivers League district tournament.
"Lucas Cuyuch will be exciting to watch in his senior season as he battles for a spot at the state tournament," Carpenter said. "He is our team captain and an outstanding role model for our team."
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Lake Oswego also expects big things from freshman 120-pounder Riis Hinrichs and junior 113-pounder Elizabeth Cuyuch (she finished fifth at the 2019 Oregon Girls Regional).
"Riis Hinrichs is a freshman to watch. He will be battling for a spot in the state tournament this year. He is exciting to watch on the mat with a wide range of technical moves," Carpenter said, adding that Elizabeth Cuyuch "will be a handful to deal with in the girls tournaments and for the boys she will wrestle this year."
Also back with varsity experience for the Lakers are sophomore Braden Mauch at 138, sophomore Jacob Leuenberger at 145, senior Teddy Van Ee at 160 and junior Katie Cantrell at 195.
The Lakers' complete varsity lineup will include: 106 — freshman Grant Rushford; 113 — junior Elizabeth Cuyuch; 120 — freshman Riis Hinrichs; 126 — freshman Grant Hobbs: 132 — freshman Calvin Fillmore; 138 — sophomore Braden Mauch; 145 — freshman William Chollman; sophomore Jacob Leuenberger;152 — freshman Bennett Friess; senior Hunter Gambee-Iddings; junior Andreas Benavente; 160 — senior Teddy Van Ee; 170 — senior Lucas Cuyuch; 182 — junior Jordan Taff; 195 — freshman Liam Dolan; junior Katie Cantrell; 220 — freshman Sahand Ansari.
Regarding the 2019-20 Three Rivers League race, Carpenter said that he expects Oregon City and West Linn — the Pioneers and Lions went 1-2 at last year's district tournament — to lead the way in league action again.
"I feel Oregon City and West Linn should compete for the title this year," he said. "They have good turnouts on their teams with some seasoned wrestlers."
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