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Milwaukie recorded four pins in final six matches in come-from-behind victory

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville's Austin Sharp won his 152-pound match by major decision Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Milwaukie High School.

MILWAUKIE -- Compete for all six minutes.

That was the message Wilsonville wrestlers heard from coaches after Wednesday's 42-34 Northwest Oregon Conference dual loss to Milwaukie.

Of Wilsonville's seven losses, five came by fall, and the other two via forfeits.

"We've got to compete," Wilsonville coach Jason Milham said. "In a dual meet, every match matters. Find a way to go six minutes and not give up falls. You have to compete for six minutes and give yourself the opportunity. In a dual meet it's different because it impacts the whole team, but that philosophy is the same for an individual."

After falling behind 12-0, the Wildcats won six matches in a row to take a 28-12 lead.

Joshua Abarca started the run by pinning Theodore Baldwin to win the 120-pound match.

Luke Nelson (126) and Austin Sprecher (132) both won by points, 5-4 and 12-8, respectively.

After Milwaukie forfeited the 138 match, Wilsonville's Caleb Wilde pinned Brandon Pomeroy at 145.

Austin Sharp then majored Isaac Vallejos 12-2 at 152.

But Milwaukie answered with pins at 160, 170 and 195 to go along with a forfeit at 182 to take a 36-28 lead.

Milwaukie senior Peter Foulke, the defending district champion at 195, then pinned Wilsonville senior Noah Ochs in the 220-pounds match to seal the dual victory.

"Noah is working," Milham said. "He's short on matches. Most kids are at 20-plus matches and he's at eight or nine. He just needs more mat time."

Wilsonville's Jake Moore won the final match of the night, pinning Alises Aguilar-Soto in the first period.

"We've got a relatively young team and we're teaching them to compete for six minutes," Milham said. "This dual matters, but in the big picture we care about the district and state tournament and we're training for that and hopefully getting the kids ready to compete at that level."

Derek Wiley
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