Also: Kingsmen are competitive in defeat

Milwaukie High School matmen turned in an impressive performance in last week's Northwest Oregon Conference dual opener, upending Parkrose 59-21.

It was a 'pinfest' for the Mustangs, who won seven matches by fall and an eighth match by technical fall.

'Our middle weights - Brandon Clark, Nick Mertz, Eric Lippi, Brenton Oten and Chase Blackwell got on a roll and it became a pinfest,' said Milwaukie coach Robert Lippi. 'We wrestled well.'

Mustangs Clark (138), Mertz (145), Lippi (152), Oten (160) and Blackwell (170) all won by fall, as did Brandon Walczak (195) and Connor York (220).

Mustang lightweight Mitchell Ponnay added a win by technical fall at 106.

York had the quickest fall of the night, dispatching with Hunter Sexsmith in just 46 seconds. Clark, Mertz, Lippi and Blackwell also pinned their opponents in the first round.

Across town, the Rex Putnam Kingsmen also had some success in their league opener with Wilsonville. Although they lost 60-18, the score was not reflective of the Kingsmen's competitiveness.

Putnam forfeited at six weights, spotting the Wildcats 36 points.

The Kingsmen won four of the eight matches actually contested on the mat, and they came close to winning two more.

Juniors Preston Russell (160) and Moein Rezaei (170) both won by fall.

Other Putnam winners were sophomore Corey Wells (126), by 8-4 decision over Ethan McLaughlin; and sophomore Jason Karpa (152), by 6-3 decision over Zach Alben.

Putnam junior Cory Olson was ahead 6-0 in his match at 220 when he dislocated a shoulder and had to yield by injury default.

Putnam junior Joseph Larimer (145) appeared headed for victory at 145. He was leading 8-4 in the third round when he got thrown to his back and pinned.

'The kids are in good shape and they came out and went after it,' said Putnam coach Rob Hungerford. 'They've been conditioning hard and they were ready. Even the kids that lost wrestled hard.'

Milwaukie and Putnam return to NWOC dual competition on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Mustangs meet Sandy on the road, while the Kingsmen travel to Parkrose.

Milwaukie made quick-work of Grant in a dual meet at Milwaukie last Friday, winning 78-6.

The Mustangs won by forfeit at eight weights, and they won by first-round fall in five of the six matches actually wrestled.

Winning by fall were Ponnay (106), Chris Burton (120), Mertz (138), Oten (160) and Blackwell (170). Oten had the quickest fall of the night, dispatching with his opponent in just 39 seconds.

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