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WRESTLING: Forest Grove still looking for its first dual meet win of the season after dropping a Pacific Conference tilt with Tigard
by: Chase Allgood, Forest Grove’s Neil Wilson gets flipped by Garrett Johnston of Tigard during last Thursday’s 135-pound match.

Forest Grove's disappointing dual meet wrestling season continued last Thursday with a 60-15 loss at home to Tigard, but head coach Frank Johnson still feels like his team is making progress.

Freshman 103-pounder Josh Johnson improved his season record to 18-5 by winning six of seven matches at the Northwest Duals on Dec. 28-29, then following with wins in dual meet action against Tualatin and Tigard. Johnson recorded his 11th pin of the year against Alex Cordier of Tualatin on Jan. 3 and won by forfeit last Thursday against Tigard.

Darren Miller (112 pounds) and Orion Collins (145) also shined at the Northwest Duals, winning six of seven matches. Miller improved to 9-3 on the season with all nine wins coming by pin.

Pato Rellergert (112) won four out of five matches at the Northwest Duals to improve to 11-5 this season.

Bryant Gilgan (135), who had missed much of the season with an arm injury, returned to the mat in style by recording a 10-0 major decision over Tualatin's A.J. Peaslee on Jan. 3. Gilgan followed that with a 7-4 win over Pendleton's Mike Savage in the first round of the Gresham Tournament on Jan. 5, but the win came at a high cost - Gilgan reinjured his arm in the match and is out for an undetermined amount of time.

Against Tigard last Thursday, Justin Seitz and Ethan Young won their matches, while Johnson's forfeit win helped provide Forest Grove with its 15 points. Seitz topped Steven Kim at 119 pounds and Young won by fall against Dylan Rawlings at 140 pounds.

The Vikings will be back in action tonight on the road against Newberg. They will return home on Thursday when the play host to McMinnville.