Sherwood wins the close ones in a 36-35 dual win

Milwaukie dropped a heartbreaker, 36-35, to Sherwood in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual wrestling meet at Milwaukie on Jan. 16.

The Mustangs won five matches by fall and a sixth match by technical fall. But losses in several close matches cost the Mustangs the meet.

Milwaukie senior Mitchell Ponnay (113) dropped a 5-4 decision to Sherwood’s Jessie Hatfield; Milwaukie sophomore Chris Burton (132) lost a 6-5 decision to Sherwood sophomore Riley Castillo; Milwaukie senior Eric Lippi (152) tasted defeat, losing 9-6 at the hands of Sherwood junior Nick Clarke; and Milwaukie junior Robert Akil (160) fell to Sherwood junior Andrew Rice 5-3.

And there were a couple of other places where the Mustangs came up just short. Milwaukie senior Chase Blackwell (182) came close to pinning Sherwood junior Corey Keohane, but couldn’t put him away, and settled with a 16-1 technical fall.

And Milwaukie coach Robert Lippi said he was “stunned” when Sherwood junior Martin Layna pinned Milwaukie senior Rene Ramos in the next-to-last match of the night.

“There were four matches that could have gone either way and we came up short on all four,” Lippi said.

Still, Lippi said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team.

“As a team, we wrestled well,” he said. “We made them scrap for all their points. We won some tough matches; we got pins where we needed them. We just came up one point short.”

Earning falls for the Mustangs were: sophomores Jordan Ostrander (120), Justin Edwards (126) and Alex Elmore (138), junior Brenton Oten (170) and senior Cameron Karsten (285).

It took just 59 seconds for Karsten to earn his fall.

Things don’t get any easier for the Mustangs (2-2) this week, as they have a home meet with NWOC power Sandy (4-0) tonight at 7. They travel to Tigard for a tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs got back on track last Saturday, scoring 143 points and earning sixth place in a rugged 11-team tournament at Southridge. They finished back of Southridge (186), Gresham (177-1/2), Pendleton (168), Wilson (166) and West Salem (150-1/2), but ahead of Auburn (133), Tigard (116), Jefferson (92-1/2), Madison (75) and Lakeridge (18).

“We only took half a team, so I was shocked at how well we did,” Lippi said. “We’ve got the flu going around and we took a bunch and frosh-novice kids, and they did great. All but two of them won matches.”

The Mustangs had nine wrestlers place. Junior 160-pounder Robert Akil was the top performer, placing second. After winning two matches by fall and a third by 6-0 decision, Akil lost to Wilson’s Jordan Rober, 8-6, in a hotly contested final.

Other Milwaukie placers included: Eric Lippi (152), Brenton Oten (170) and Clay Bispham (195), third; Mitchell Ponnay (113), Alex Elmore (138) and Chase Blackwell (170), fourth; Rene Ramos (220), fifth; and Cameron Karsten (220), sixth.

Coach Lippi also had praise for freshman Mountain Witzel (145) and sophomore Jordan Brooks (152), who earned team points for the Mustangs through falls.

Sandy hammered Putnam 69-10 in a dual meet last week. Putnam had only two wins.

Joseph Larimer won by 11-3 major decision over Rhett Schilperoot at 145, and Juan Hernandez won by second-round fall over Mike Priest at heavyweight.

Putnam (1-3) faces Sherwood (3-1) on the road this Thursday.

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