Lakeridge wrestlers sixth, Lake Oswego seventh at TRL district tournament
The rough and tumble world of the Three Rivers League district wrestling tournament isn't for the faint-hearted.
And while the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego wrestling teams took some lumps at the district tournament — held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at Canby High School — they also took their best shots.
In the end, the Pacers finished sixth in the seven-team field with 92.5 points and qualified three wrestlers to the Class 6A state tournament. The Lakers, meanwhile, finished seventh with 58 points and will send one wrestler on to state.
"It was just fun overall," said Lakeridge junior Cole Brink, the tournament runner-up at 138 pounds. "It wasn't too hard of a weight class this year, but once I got do the semifinals and finals, it got tougher."
"I'm satisfied," said Lake Oswego freshman Riis Hinrichs, the runner-up at 120. "As a freshman coming in and placing second at district, I'm satisfied."
The complete team scoring from district included: West Linn 376.0. Canby 318.0, Oregon City 226.5, Tualatin 197.5, Tigard 188.0, Lakeridge 92.5 and Lake Oswego 58.0.
The Class 6A state tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Competition begins with Session 1 at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 28, continues with Session 2 at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 29, then concludes with Session 3 — the championship finals — at 7 p.m. Feb. 29.
For Lakeridge, the Pacers saw three wrestlers place second in their respective finals on Saturday at Canby, that group including junior Cole Brink at 138 pounds, junior Ryan Boucher at 160 and junior Spencer Lenius at 195.
Brink, the top seed at 138, opened his tournament with a bye, pinned Tualatin sophomore Gabe Ingham 42 seconds into the second round of their quarterfinal, then pinned fourth-seeded Canby sophomore Dominic Netter with 25 seconds left in the second round of their semifinal.
That sent Brink into the championship match against second-seeded Canby senior K'den McMullin. Brink started fast with a takedown at the end of the first round, then added a reverse 45 seconds into the second period to lead 4-0.
But McMullin picked up a late reversal at the end of the second round, trapped Brink in a cradle and pinned him with 13 seconds to go in the round.
"I couldn't believe I got put into the cradle," Brink said. "I went 'Oh my gosh,' because I had been putting it on him and I thought I had him. I don't really know what happened there, but I'll get him at state."
Boucher, a district runner-up and fifth-place finisher at state a year ago, opened his tourney with a bye, beat Canby junior Jonah Mayfield with a 19-4 technical fall in his quarterfinal, then pinned third-seeded West Linn freshman Earl Ingle at the end of the first round in their semi.
That sent the second-seeded Boucher into the title match against top-seeded West Linn freshman Justin Rademacher, a wrestler who had beaten him with a major-decision victory just nine days earlier. After a scoreless first round, Boucher notched a takedown 48 seconds into the second round and took a 2-1 edge into the third.
But Boucher was penalized a point for stalling in the third period, Rademacher pushed ahead with an escape midway through the round and added two more points at the end of the match to win 5-2.
And at 195, the fourth-seeded Lenius began his tournament by pinning fifth-seeded Tualatin freshman Marco Hernandez in the quarterfinals, then upset top-seeded Canby senior Brent Patterson with a third-round pin in their semifinal.
In the title match against third-seeded West Linn sophomore Cobie Daly, Lenius trailed 4-3 after one round, then pushed ahead 5-4 with a two-point nearfall midway through the second period. But Daly scored a reversal with 37 seconds to go in the period, then pinned Lenius eight seconds later.
Other top finishers for Lakeridge included: junior Ronan Chapman, fifth at 126; and sophomore Ian Healy, sixth at 120.
For Lake Oswego, Hinrichs entered the tournament as the third seed at 120 and opened competition with a bye, then beat Healy — the sixth seed — with a second-round pin in their quarterfinal. Hinrichs then stepped up to knock off second-seeded Canby sophomore Ty Ewers in their semifinal, beating Ewers by fall 1:06 into the second period.
In the final, facing top-seeded West Linn sophomore Ethan Goff, Hinrichs started with a takedown 41 seconds into the first round, then saw Goff answer with an escape and a takedown to tie the match 3-3 going into the second round. But Goff started the second round on top, turned Hinrichs and pinned him 36 seconds into the period.
"I had good positioning. I was wrestling pretty good, but I just slipped out when I was wrestling on the bottom, didn't build up and he pinned me," Hinrichs said.
Other top finishers for Lake Oswego included: senior Lucas Cuyuch, fifth at 170; freshman William Chollman, sixth at 152; and freshman Liam Dolan, sixth at 182.
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