Lakeridge wrestling program starts rebuilding process
It's a very small but spirited group in the wrestling room at Lakeridge this year.
Injuries, transfers and instability with multiple coaching changes has depleted the numbers of the program but new coach Adrian Borgeson is ready to help the Pacers turn the corner.
Only four wrestlers are on Lakeridge's team this year but all of them should be competitive and at least one is a bona fide state title contender.
Ansel Webster transferred to Lakeridge from Milwaukie. Webster took fourth in state last season and hopes to equal that success this year.
Already this season he knocked off the opponent who beat him in last year's third-place match.
Currently Webster is wrestling at 180 pounds but will likely drop another weight class if not two later in the season.
Webster's brother Cooper is also on the team and currently filling in around 140 along with Jake Oelrich.
Heavyweight Joey Miller has also been strong early in the season and eyeing a big year.
"It doesn't matter if there's one guy in the room or 50. The focus is always going to be on being a good student and athlete and working hard," Borgeson said.
Borgeson has been active in the youth wrestling program and is excited about next year's strong crop of freshmen.
"The goal is to bring athletes into the wrestling program. It's never been a particularly strong program at Lakeridge but we've always been competitive and we want to continue to build interest in the sport," Borgeson said.