LO finishes fifth at the Sandy tournament with just eight varsity competitors

The Lake Oswego wrestling team continues to make strides this season and looks to peak as the season gains steam.

Most recently, the Lakers, despite being shorthanded, fared exceptionally well at the Sandy Tournament. Lake Oswego rolled out just eight varsity wrestlers in the team still finished fifth out of 13 squads in attendance.

Six of those wrestlers finished in the top five for the Lakers.

At 106 pounds, freshman Daniar Imanbayev continued his strong season with a third-place showing, giving the team a strong presence at lightweight.

Lake Oswego was very strong in the lower weights with Brian Fay taking second at 113 pounds and Cahleb Gonzalez finishing as the runner up at 120 pounds. So far this year, Gonzalez is 14-1.

“He's just been phenomenal to start the season,” coach Brett Macdonald said.

Justin Hanson took third at 138 pounds as well.

Paul Carlson had another strong tournament, taking fifth at 195 pounds while Austin Faunce continued to establish himself as one of the top wrestlers in the state, winning the bracket at 220 pounds.

Despite the strong finish, Macdonald knows that there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“It's funny. Two years ago we would have taken a showing like that in a heartbeat but now, as coaches, we walked away just a little disappointed. We're so close to putting it all together. When everyone's healthy, we're going to be extremely tough” Macdonald said.

Lake Oswego also opened up league matches last week, taking on a strong Clackamas squad.

The Cavaliers won the meet but, again, the Lakers forfeited five matches.

“We could fill every weight if we wanted to but we want to keep building our inexperienced kids' confidence up,” Macdonald said.

However, in the matches that were contested, Lake Oswego outscored Clackamas 24-12 in an impressive showing.

Both Riley Tomlin and Evan Wireman each had impressive matches against the Cavaliers.

Next up for Lake Oswego is another dual meet tonight (Thursday) against Canby.

“We'll go into that match expecting to win it,” Macdonald said.

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