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Pioneers go 5-0 in TRL dual meets


Also: Poppen, Sether and Fischer bag titles at a 12-team tournament

Lakeridge wrestlers didn’t put up much of a fight last Thursday, and the Oregon City Pioneers upended the Pacers 79-9 and earned their first undefeated dual season since 2010 with the victory.

The Pioneers finished the Three Rivers League dual season with a 5-0 record, posting dual wins over the Pacers, Canby (36-34), West Linn (36-30), Clackamas (49-21) and Lake Oswego (57-15).

West Linn (4-1) — which beat Canby 37-36 and Clackamas 51-19 — finished second in the TRL.

Last Thursday’s dual at Lakeridge didn’t last long. The Pacers spotted the visiting Pioneers 48 points, forfeiting at eight weights.

Oregon City winners on the mat included Jacob Hagler (285), by disqualification over Marqueese Ryster; Parker Folliard (138), by second-round fall over Tanner Iverson; Kyle Sether (132), by second-round technical fall over Justin Miller; and Devin Poppen (126), by third-round fall over Adam Bartowski.

Ethan Holt, Oregon City’s third man at 152, dropped a narrow decision, losing 2-1 to Lakeridge veteran Sam Worts.

Oregon City sophomore Ryan Bergeson met his match in Lakeridge veteran Jacob Oelrich at 145, losing by fall.

Oregon City hosts the 11-team TRL/Mt. Hood Conference Regional Tournament Feb. 15-16, with four berths at state on the line in each of 14 weight divisions.

“David Douglas is still the favorite,” said Oregon City coach Roger Rolen. “But I like where we’re at. We’ve got two weeks to prepare and we’re peaking at the right time.”

Pioneers hold their own

in 12-team tournament

The Oregon City Pioneers held their own at their own 12-team tournament last weekend, scoring 193 points and finishing in fourth place, not far back of Class 5A powers Hood River (240 points), Hermiston (227) and Pendleton (200).

“We would have placed higher, but we were missing some kids who were out with the flu,” Rolen said.

Rounding out the scoring were: Lebanon 162, Cleveland 156, Forest Grove 94, Estacada 83, Lake Oswego 66-1/2, West Salem 47-1/2, Parkrose 46 and Colton 21.

The Pioneers had 10 wrestlers place in the top six.

Devin Poppen (113), Kyle Sether (132) and Tanner Fischer (170) were weight division champions, and Michael McCoy was runner-up at 220.

Poppen was dominant, pinning Lake Oswego junior Cahleb Gonzales in 3:08 of their title bout, after advancing through a 16-0 technical fall over Zach Zeus of Parkrose, and second-round falls over Jacob Anderson of West Salem and Matthew Johnson of Forest Grove.

Sether continued unbeaten against opponents from Oregon, dominating all his opponents. He won by 20-5 technical fall over T.J. Hancock of Pendleton in the championship finals, after advancing with falls over Garrett Solis of Lebanon and Mason Ballew of Hermiston.

Fischer was no less impressive, defeating Hermiston’s Alex St. Hilaire 12-2 in his final, after earning first-round falls over Nick Albin of Lake Oswego, Arien Craggett of Lebanon and Marcus Taylor of Pendleton.

McCoy tested top-ranked Austin Faunce of Lake Oswego in the final at 220, dropping a 5-2 decision. In other matches, McCoy pinned Catarino Rodriguez of Forest Grove in just 23 seconds, and he defeated Juan Karlos Hernandez of Hood River by second-round fall.

Other Oregon City placer-winners included: Parker Folliard (130) and Michael Griffin (182), third; Gabe Ellicott (160), fourth; and Ryan Leonard (106), Grant Hicks (195) and Jacob Hagler (285), sixth.

Griffin held his own in a tough weight bracket. After dropping a decision to Cleveland senior Keegan Hammond, Griffin bounced back to beat Lebanon senior Tim Farrell in the 182-pound final. Both Hammond and Farrell were state placers in Class 5A a year ago.

Hermiston junior Tyler Berger was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, after defeating Parkrose junior Josh Reyes in the 145-pound final, 3-1. Both Berger and Reyes are ranked nationally.

Coach Rolen had praise for juniors Jake Libby (126), Zac McMullin (170) and Jory Merritt (195), and freshmen Saul Lopez (126) and Ethan Holt (152).

“They came through with great championship performances in the four-man bracket tournament,” he said.