The West Linn wrestling team has long been among the state's elite programs.
The Lions — fifth in the Class 6A state tournament each of the past two seasons — look like they'll be right there again in 2021.
West Linn — which will wrestle in the Three Rivers League district tournament on Saturday, June 19, at Tualatin High School — proved it again when they wrestled in the Aloha/Mountainside/West Linn/Sunset 4-Way tournament on Wednesday, June 9, at Aloha High School.
In that event — held outside on Aloha's stadium field — the Lions went 9-4 (as reported on trackwrestling.com) against wrestlers from Aloha, gave every indication that they'll be ready for the big meets ahead. Following the TRL district tournament, top finishers from West Linn will test themselves at the Oregon Wrestling Association Class 6A State Championship at Newberg High School on June 26.
"The team has really started to come together," said West Linn junior Ethan Goff, who finished fifth in the state at 120 pounds a year ago. "The experienced kids are getting their jobs done and the younger kids, you can see the dedication and hard work, and I feel like our program has a very bright future for our freshman and sophomores."
Among the reported decisions listed on trackwrestling.com, West Linn winners included: Ricky Bell, who pinned Justin Fisher of Aloha in the first round at 132; Goff, who beat Aloha's Ashton Brock 8-3 at 145; Hudson Reink, who notched a first-round pin of Aloha's John-David Berglund at 160; Justin Rademacher, who pinned Aloha's Richard Gomez in the first round at 170; Eric Murtagh, who posted a first-round pin of Aloha's Nathanial Dewey at 220; Gus Donnerberg, who pinned Dewey in the second round at 220; Eric Mee, who scored a 5-3 decision over Aloha's Bryson Moore at 285; Liam Armstrong, who pinned Aloha's Jonah Bales in the first round at 285; and Cobie Daly, who pinned Moore in 27 seconds at 285.
For his part, Goff was happy with how he wrestled and happy with the unique nature of the day.
"I feel … I wrestled well. I took good shots and I finished them well," Goff said. "I worked my butt off for six minutes every match because of how hard we work in the room.
"I enjoyed being outside on the football (field). It was kind of new, but we made it work and it was a great time. I enjoyed the level of competition and how hard every kid worked in every match."
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