The Lions salvage a win, finishing on top in three hotly contested matches

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High matmen dropped a tough one, losing a 33-31 heartbreaker to West Linn last week.

Each team won seven matches, but the Lions had three pivotal wins that put the meet in their hands.

The first came at heavyweight. Outweighed by 60 pounds, Clackamas senior Bryan Cooper was giving West Linn junior Mitch Gaulke a run for his money, when he got pinned with less than 1-1/2 minutes remaining in their match. Gaulke was nursing a 3-1 lead at the time of the fall.

The Cavaliers also lost two matches in overtime. At 103, Clackamas sophomore Jake Handbury took West Linn sophomore Sam Ihrig to overtime before yielding 9-7.

And at 140, Clackamas sophomore Jack Lumsden dropped a 6-4 overtime heartbreaker to West Linn freshman talent Christian Wilson.

'I wish we had won, but it was an exciting meet nonetheless,' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. 'The kids put on a great show. Even the kids that lost gave it everything they had.'

The Cavaliers had two winners by fall. Clackamas 171-pound senior Cory Middleton got the meet off to a great start when he earned a second-round fall over West Linn junior Paul Garcia.

Clackamas freshman Micah Bishop also earned a fall. Wrestling at 125, the Cavalier rookie dispatched with West Linn freshman Ben Schiewe in 3:27.

'Micah wrestled a great match,' said Wullbrandt. 'He got cradled right off the bat but fought it off, and eventually he got a pin.'

Clackamas sophomore Cody Mansur (215) won by 14-1 major decision over West Linn junior Ben Stoneking.

Cavaliers Cody Bloom (130), Ryan Remer (152) and Jack Steinberg (189) won by decision.

'Cody Bloom wrestled smart,' said Wullbrandt. 'He's a prime example that hard work pays off.'

Bloom, a sophomore, won by 9-4 decision over West Linn's Peter Bonoff.

The Cavaliers (0-2) wrestle Lakeridge (0-2) on the road this evening; they return home next Wednesday, when they entertain Lake Oswego (1-1).

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