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The Tigers battle strong, and get three pins in the Three Rivers League dual match

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - The Tigard High School wrestling team battled strong in its Three Rivers League dual match opener at Canby last week.The Tigard High School wrestling team wasn't able to open its Three Rivers League dual-match schedule with a victory, but the Tigers certainly seemed to have their share of bright moments.

Tigard battled hard, and came away with five individual victories, including three victories by fall, as it lost 44-24 to Canby in a Three Rivers League dual-match opener contested Dec. 12 at Canby High School.

Senior Cameron O'Connor had the first pin of the night for the Tigers, as he defeated Canby's Asher Chaffee in a time of 55 seconds in the 126-pound match.

Tigard senior Zack Vorvick pinned Canby's Zack Martell in 0:55 at 152 pounds. Vorvick's win gave the Tigers an 18-17 lead in the team score at that point. But the Cougars came back to win the next five matches.

Tigard senior Johnny Nomani ended Canby's winning streak, and gave the Tigers their third pin of the match, when he defeated Payton Martin in 0:32 in the 285-pound bout.

Tigard had two other wins during the night. At 132 pounds, Tigard freshman Chase Dennis posted a 9-3 decision win over Kobe Kraft. At 145 pounds, Tigard freshman Tim Cousineau got an 8-6 overtime decision win against Caden Miller.

On Saturday, Tigard finished in fifth place in the team standings at the 14-school Rick Herrin Holiday Classic, held at McKay High School in Salem. The Tigers were fifth with 144.5 points. Centennial placed first with a score of 279.5, and Mountainside was second at 181.

O'Connor won a tournament title at 126 pounds. Vorvick won tourney gold at 152 and Nomani took the top spot at 285.

Also for the Tigers at the tournament, freshman Adan Esquivel was fourth at 106 and Dennis was fourth at 132.

The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday, when they travel to Oregon City for a Three Rivers League dual match. Varsity bouts are set to start at 7 p.m.

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