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Cavaliers put one in the win column

Clackamas matmen bury LO 62-12

CLACKAMAS - After losing to Oregon City (44-21), West Linn (33-31) and Lakeridge (33-33 on criteria), Clackamas High's wrestling team finally put a league meet in the win column, defeating Lake Oswego 62-12 on Jan. 16.

The visiting Lakers won only two matches, while the Cavaliers won five matches by fall and two more by major decision.

'Overall it was a good night,' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. 'It is always nice to get a win on senior night, and at home. We came back after a tough dual last week, and the kids responded better.'

The Cavaliers had winners by fall at 119 (Micah Bishop), 130 (Cody Bloom), 135 (Steven Eck), 160 (Garrett Jameson) and 189 (Cody Mansur).

It took Bloom just 54 seconds to dispatch with Lake Oswego sophomore Keith Billings.

Wullbrandt praised Jameson: 'As a freshman who has been in our kids program for awhile, we really have high expectations for Garrett. He has been working extremely hard, and was ready to step in the varsity lineup for the first time. He responded well against a really strong, athletic kid.

'Garrett really models what we want our wrestlers to do on the mat - wrestle hard for six minutes, stay in good position, and use the technique that we work on in the room.'

Jameson prevailed by late second-round fall over Lake Oswego freshman Ryan Johnson.

Wullbrandt said he was also impressed by the performances of Bishop and Eck.

Bishop (119) earned a first-round fall over Laker senior Chris Allen, who placed fifth at district at 103 a year ago.

Eck also earned a first-round fall, defeating sophomore Nathan Kozlowski in just over a minute.

'We had a good crowd and it was nice to get a good win in front of the home crowd,' said Wullbrandt.

The Cavaliers (1-3) square off with Putnam (1-4) this Thursday at Putnam.