LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas High matmen and Lakeridge battled to a 33-33 tie in a Three Rivers League dual wrestling meet last week.
The Pacers won eight of the 12 matches contested on the mat and would have won 34-33, except a team point was deducted when a Lakeridge wrestler pulled down the straps on his wrestling singlet.
'What can I say?' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. 'We overlooked them a little bit - let some of our younger wrestlers step in the line-up, and got out-hustled by a strong, physical team.
'I think they are very much improved over last season. Having two good transfers come in and elevate their program also helps. Tyrell [Fortune] made 215, which threw us off a bit. And just like at West Linn, we lost the close ones.'
The Cavaliers won by fall at 103 (Jake Handbury), 171 (Tim Love) and 189 (Cody Mansur). Ben Lewis decisioned Pacer Myke Tavarres 11-9 at 145, and the Pacers forfeited at 119 and at 125. But those were Clackamas' only wins.
The Pacers won close decisions at 140 (Zak Bailey over Jack Lumsden, 6-5), 152 (Jeff Saporito over Ryan Remer, 5-3), 160 (Phil Rogers over Derek Dykeman, 8-5) and at heavyweight (Tyree Fortune over Bryan Cooper, 8-4 in double overtime).
And Lakeridge won by fall at 112 (Carter Cohn), 135 (Ben Shipley) and 215 (Tyrell Fortune).
'It was nice to see Ben Lewis get the win,' said Wullbrandt. 'He had major surgery in August and is just getting back in shape.'
The Cavaliers (0-3) will be looking for their first TRL win tonight, when they entertain Lake Oswego (1-2).