The Cavaliers prevail in all of the close ones

MILWAUKIE - The Clackamas Cavaliers showed up ready to wrestle and they thumped Putnam 48-16 in a Jan. 24 meet at Putnam.

The Cavaliers had winners in nine of the 11 matches contested on the mat.

'The kids wrestled well,' said Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt. 'I thought we did a good job winning the close battles.

'One of our goals this season has been to continue to work on our riding, and there were several matches - Ben Lewis, Bryan Cooper, and Jack Lumsden - where they had to ride their kids or turn them, and they did just that.'

Cavaliers R.J. Cooke (130), Steven Eck (135), Jack Lumsden (140), Ben Lewis (145) and Bryan Cooper (215) all earned wins in close matches.

Cooke defeated Ted Fry 7-5 in overtime.

'I really thought that the best match of the night was R.J. Cooke's,' said Wullbrandt. 'He is a kid who wrestled for a short period of time as a freshman, and then came back out this year. He is really athletic, but has improved a lot on his wrestling ability.

'He was underweight, but continued to wrestle hard throughout the match, and put himself in a position to win in overtime.'

Eck dropped Alfredo Aguilar 5-3; and Lumsden eked out a 3-2 decision over Jacob Puckett.

Lewis decisioned Luke Dutson 6-3 and Cooper decisioned Mike Welch 6-3.

'Ben Lewis is continuing to get back into wrestling shape, which really bodes well for him for the district tournament,' said Wullbrandt. 'He's in a very tough weight class.'

Jake Handbury (103), Matt Callison (112) and Cody Mansur (HWT) dominated their Kingsmen counterparts. Handbury handled Scott Lantz, piling up points for a 17-5 major decision.

Callison and Mansur both earned first-round falls.

Putnam had winners on the mat at 125 and at 160.

Kingsmen junior Emil Kuznetsov (125) was tough at 125, where he earned a 13-5 major decision over Clackamas sophomore Cody Bloom.

Putnam senior Leland Nash won by first-round fall at 160.

The Cavaliers (2-3) conclude the dual season this Thursday, when they meet Milwaukie (4-1) on the road.

Putnam (1-5) is idle until the district meet, which is scheduled Feb. 8-9 in Oregon City.

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