West Linn wrestlers go unbeaten at Aloha Duals tournament
There's no better way to say it — the West Linn wrestling team said "aloha" to its competition on Friday, Jan. 3.
The Lions, competing in the four-team Aloha Duals tournament at Aloha High School, swept past their three foes, beating McKay 65-12, Aloha 45-33 and Wilson 70-0.
"We ended the holiday break with the Aloha Duals in good fashion," said West Linn coach Doug Samarron. "We lost just four matches total the whole night (excluding forfeits at 113 and 285 pounds), and those losses were against a respectable Aloha squad who will be better the next time. I see us right on track on all measures."
With the wins, the Lions improved to 8-0 in dual meets for the season, along with a 2-0 mark in Three Rivers League action. After a bye week, West Linn returns to TRL action when it wrestles at Tualatin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.
"The boys will use this week to train and prepare for the following week and a couple of big tests," Samarron said. "(The) Tualatin league dual the following week will be a good, solid challenge to see where we stand in league."
West Linn freshman Destiny Rodriguez, one of the top girls wrestlers in Oregon, made her presence felt at the Aloha Duals tournament on Friday, Jan. 3.
Rodriguez — who won a world title at the U15 World School Combat Games in June — went 3-0 at Aloha, winning twice by fall and once by forfeit at 145 pounds.
Next up, she will wrestle in the 2020 Kelso Girls Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11.
In the win over McKay, the Lions won five weight classes by forfeit and took another six by pin to leave the Royal Scots far behind. Winners by fall included Michael Kearney at 132, Jack Wall at 138, Destiny Rodriguez at 145, Cael Brunson at 152, Justin Rademacher at 160, Cade Miller at 182 and Cobie Daly at 220. West Linn's Cole Peters notched a technical fall victory at 170, and teammate Eric Mee won 11-5 at 285.
The Lions got a better test from Aloha, but still won six of the first eight weights to grab a commanding 36-12 advantage before the Warriors closed the gap later in the match. Winners by fall for the Lions included Andrew Shelofsky at 106, Ricky Bell at 120, Wall at 138, Rodriguez at 145, Brunson at 152 and Daly at 220. Peters also notched a decision at 170.
And in the win over Wilson, the Lions took six weights by forfeit and also got pins from Shelofsky at 106, Kearney at 132, Justin Rademacher at 160 and Peters at 170. In addition, West Linn's Ethan Goff posted a technical fall win at 126 and Brunson matched him at 152.
"In school, you learn lessons then get a test," Samarron said. "In wrestling, you get tested and then you learn some lessons. I believe we are on track compared to last year and possibly even a better team overall. We're young for the most part, but seem to have a good wrestling IQ. Ready for the tests."
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