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Love, Middleton win at Crater

Seven Clackamas wrestlers place, as the Cavaliers tie for sixth in a tough 13-team field

CENTRAL POINT - Clackamas High seniors Tim Love and Cory Middleton continued tough at the recent Crater Invitational wrestling tournament.

Both wrestlers won first place in their weight divisions to lead the Cavaliers to a tie for sixth place in a tough 13-team field that included top-10-ranked teams from Roseburg, Sprague, Grants Pass and Crater.

Middleton (171) continued undefeated against wrestlers from Oregon. He defeated Zach Young of Crater, 15-5, in his title bout, after advancing through an 8-2 win over Emerson Helbling of West Linn, a second-round fall over Alex Keexel of Westview and a 7-1 win over Ken Kelley of Roseburg.

Young was ranked the No. 1 171-pounder in Class 5A; Kelley was ranked one of the top 171-pounders in 6A.

Love (160) won an 11-9 overtime thriller from Chris Myers of Arlington, Wash., in his title match. He also defeated Kyle Traxtle of Lebanon by technical fall and Kyle Russell of Woodburn by 7-5 decision.

Russell was ranked sixth in Class 5A.

The Cavaliers nearly had a third champion in senior Bryan Cooper. Cooper finished runner-up at 215, battling Richard Perkins of Arlington tough before bowing to Perkins in the finals.

In other matches, Cooper pinned Zach Ryan of North Salem, decisioned Nick Barany of Culver 5-2 and won by 4-2 decision over Adam Puelen of Sprague in overtime.

Four other Cavaliers earned top six placings. Junior Matt Callison placed fourth at 112; senior Steven Eck (130) and sophomore Cody Mansur (189) both tied for fifth place in their respective weight divisions; and sophomore Ben Lewis (145) placed sixth.

Team scores were: Roseburg 161, Crater 172-1/2, Sprague 168, Arlington (Wash.) 156, Culver 135, tie Clackamas and Grants Pass 128-1/2, North Salem 99, Westview 93, Lebanon 76-1/2, West Linn 68, Enterprise 62, Woodburn 39-1/2.