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Mustangs are back on track

Milwaukie beats Parkrose, and the Mustangs wrestle tough in their own tournament


The Milwaukie Mustangs got back on track in Northwest Oregon Conference wrestling last week, earning a 42-33 dual win over Parkrose in a Jan. 30 dual meet at Parkrose, and holding their own with some of the top wrestlers in the state in a weekend tournament held at Milwaukie.

In the dual with Parkrose, the Mustangs won eight of the 13 matches contested on the mat, six of them by falls. And they had some other matches where they nearly came out on top.

Winning by fall for Milwaukie were: sophomores Jordan Ostrander (120), Justin Edwards (126) and Clay Bispham (195); juniors Robert Akil (170) and Brenton Oten (182); and senior Eric Lippi (160).

Milwaukie coach Robert Lippi said that Ostrander and Edwards turned in the most impressive performances of the night.

Ostrander earned a late second-round fall over Parkrose senior Zach Zeus; Edwards also earned his fall late in the second round, over Parkrose sophomore Tommy Thilavanh.

“Jordan Ostrander and Justin Edwards both wrestled pretty tough kids,” Lippi said. “They’re both a little light for their weights while they were wrestling pretty big kids and they both came out on top. They wrestled well.”

Bispham recorded the quickest fall of the night, taking just 20 seconds to dispatch with his opponent.

The meet came down to the final match at 113, where Milwaukie junior Mitchell Ponnay won by 7-1 decision over Parkrose’s Prescilla Tran to put the Mustangs over the top. Had Tran pinned Ponnay, the meet would have ended in a 39-39 tie.

“It wasn’t our best night of wrestling,” Lippi said. “There were three other matches we should have won.”

Milwaukie sophomore 132-pounder Chris Burton was ahead of Parkrose junior Ryan Hernandez with nine seconds remaining in their match when Burton got pinned.

Milwaukie sophomore 138-pounder Alex Elmore got taken down with 15 seconds remaining in a 5-4 loss to Parkrose junior Cody Wood.

Milwaukie junior Chase Edwards (145) won by 10-4 decision over Parkrose sophomore Manuel Hernandez.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 3-3 in the NWOC dual season. The Mustangs host Wilsonville (3-3) this Thursday in their final meet of the dual season.

The Mustangs (107 points) placed fourth — behind South Albany (152), Ridgeview (120) and Silverton (114) — at last weekend’s wrestling tournament. They finished in front of Crescent Valley (90), South Salem (84) and Franklin (47), with 11 wrestlers placing and five wrestlers reaching the finals.

Eric Lippi (152), Robert Akil (160) and Clay Bispham (195) all won first place in their weight divisions.

After giving up an early takedown, Lippi rallied back to earn a 5-2 decision over Crescent Valley senior standout Christian Armadas in his final, recording a second-round nearfall and an escape and takedown in the third round. Armadas was ranked third in the state heading into the match.

Lippi also won by first-round fall over Ridgeview’s Alvaro Jimenez and by 12-0 major decision over South Albany’s Chris Garcia.

Akil pinned his way to his weight division crown. He earned an early third-round fall over Silverton junior David Horsey, a wrestler ranked second in the state, in the finals. Akil also pinned Travis Pressley of South Salem in 1:08 and Luke Huntington of Ridgeview in 3:22.

Bispham had only two matches in his weight division, but the Mustang sophomore was dominant, pinning South Albany’s Michael Brooks in the second round of their finals match, after earning a second-round fall over Justin Montgomery of South Albany.

Mustangs Brenton Oten (170) and Rene Ramos (220) both earned second place in their weight divisions. Oten turned a few heads in the 170-pound final, where he lost a 20-15 barnburner to Silverton senior Randy Stocker, a wrestler ranked seventh in the state at 182.

Other Milwaukie place-winners included: Mitchell Ponnay (113) and Kenan Ragan (170), third; Zander Carlson (120), Chris Burton (126) and Cameron Karsten (220), fifth; and Justin Edwards (126), sixth.




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