The Lake Oswego wrestling team took on some tough competition to say the least in its last matches leading up to the district tournament.

Last Thursday, the team ran into West Linn, a squad that should contend for the 6A state title this season. Lake Oswego was shut out in the meet but got to see a number of the wrestlers who will challenge them later this week.

'We're striving to get to that level. That's a tough team to go up against,' Laker coach Chad Smith said.

Lake Oswego followed that dual meet with a tournament in Hood River against the host high school, Madras and Putnam.

The Lakers were handicapped with a number of forfeits but still turned in a solid meet against the Kingsmen.

Pat Barry had a good tournament wrestling at 171 pounds, as did Kyle Allison at 135 pounds.

'We kind of had a rough go of it but the kids have had a good week of practice and their attitude and work ethic has been awesome,' Smith said.

This has already been one of the most successful wrestling seasons at Lake Oswego High School in well over a decade and the team can put an exclamation point on the winter with a strong showing at the district meet this Friday and Saturday at Clackamas High School.

A handful of wrestlers have a shot at finishing in the top three in their respective weight classes, which would be enough to earn a trip to state.

Chris Allen could qualify at 103 pounds and Ryan Amacher should compete well in the heavyweight division.

Meanwhile, Allison will be one of the favorites to head to state at 135 pounds but he will face some stiff competition in that bracket.

'I think 135 pounds is probably the toughest weight class in the district. We also have a few kids who could be darkhorses,' Smith said.

Either way, Smith knows that this year's team had laid the foundation for future success with Lake Oswego wrestling.

'We're not going to judge the success of the season on how many kids go to state. We've made strides that we haven't seen at this school in 20 years,' Smith said.

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