WRESTLING - Wyatt DeRemer clinches the Gophers' win at 215 pounds
by: David Ball, Gresham's John Reese works for a near-fall during his 18-5 majority win at 119 pounds Thursday night.

Gresham's wrestling team overcame an eight-point deficit against rival Barlow on Thursday night to maintain its stop on top of the Mount Hood Conference standings.

The Gophers rallied behind four straight middleweight wins, then clinched the team victory when Wyatt DeRemer earned a hard-fought 8-6 overtime win at 215 pounds.

He held a slight lead throughout the bout before being penalized for stalling with :08 on the clock to send the match into overtime. DeRemer made the first attack in the extra session, getting in on his opponent's legs and eventually earning the winning takedown.

If the bout would have gone in Barlow's favor, the Bruins would have won the team battle on the 'total pins' tiebreaker.

'The pressure almost always falls on the heavyweights, so I had to go win the match and seal the deal,' DeRemer said.

Barlow scored three early pins and added to their lead when Jake Klaassen earned a 5-1 decision at 140 pounds. The victory put the Bruins in front 21-13 halfway through the meet.

• In other MHC action, Reynolds won 10 of the last 11 bouts to earn a 48-15 comeback win against Sandy.

Look for extended wrestling coverage in the Saturday, Jan. 26, issue of The Outlook.

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