Clackamas matmen bounce McNary 50-23
- John Denny
- Clackamas Review - Sports
The Cavaliers host Oregon City and 14 other teams in the Bill Geister Invitational on Friday.
CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High School matmen got it done in a non-league dual meet on Dec. 6, winning nine of the 14 matches en route to a 50-23 victory over McNary.
'It was a good match,' said Clackamas coach Jason Wullbrandt. 'We won all the close ones. We really did a good job scrambling.'
Seniors Nick Lux (152) and Kyle Birmingham (HWT), and juniors Steven Eck (130) and Kurt Rosenstiel (145) led the way, winning by fall.
Eck battled from behind to earn his fall over McNary's Zach Hansen, putting Hansen's shoulders to the mat in the third round.
'It's the best I've seen Steven wrestle since he started wrestling,' said Wullbrandt.
Rosenstiel came through with a huge win at 145. His opponent, Tim Pigsley, was ranked eighth in the state. But Rosenstiel wasn't intimidated, and he earned the fall in 3:24.
'He just wore the kid down,' said Wullbrandt. 'Kurt is just a completely different wrestler from last year. He scrambles better, and he's so quick and explosive.'
Cavalier senior Chris Porterfield got the job done at 171, winning by injury default over Josh Buckles. Porterfield was leading 4-3 at the time the match was called.
Clackamas' second varsity also turned in a strong performance against the Celtics, winning 38-18. Danny Kountz (215) was a second-varsity standout, winning by fall in his first match.
The Cavaliers return home Friday and Saturday, when they host the Bill Geister Invitational.
Competition in the 16-team tournament begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Teams invited include: Oregon City, St. Helens, Tigard, Parkrose, Bend, Lincoln, Hood River, David Douglas, South Albany, Springfield, Grant, Cleveland, Wilsonville, Reynolds and McMinnville.