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Lakeridge and Lake Oswego split six contested matches

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Massen Newton grapples with Lake Oswego's Paul Carlson in last week's Civil War meet.The Lake Oswego wrestling team knocked off Lakeridge 54-19 last week in a dual meet that saw a handful of impressive individual matches.

The still rebuilding Pacers squad had to forfeit six matches but Lakeridge and Lake Oswego each won three of the matches that were contested.

At 126 pounds, Lake Oswego's Grant VanHoomissen scored a pair of takedowns in the first round to lead his match and then worked his opponent into a fall in the second round for a victory.

The Lakers followed with Evan Wireman at 132 pounds who was equally efficient, earning a pin just 90 seconds into the contest.

At 145 pounds, Lakeridge got on the board. Jake Oelrich made quick work of his opponent, continuing his strong start to the season with a first-round pin.

At 152 pounds, Sam Wurtz from Lakeridge squared off against Lake Oswego's Mason Fehr.

Wurtz jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and then scored a late reversal at the end of the second round to lead 6-3 after Fehr had cut into the lead.

But Wurtz ground out the win, sealing it with a near-fall in a 12-3 victory.

At 220 pounds, Lakeridge's Massen Newton took on Lake Oswego's Paul Carlson who was wrestling up in what turned out to be the match of the evening.

The first round was scoreless with both wrestlers being patient while looking for opportunities.

In the second round, Carlson got on the board first with an escape but Newton took the lead with a takedown.

Carlson then escaped again later in the round to make it 2-2 with two minutes left.

In the third round, Newtown took control with an early escape and a takedown to lead 5-2. But Carlson battled back to make it 5-4 and had opportunities for a late takedown to steal the win but Newton held on for the narrow decision.

At 285 pounds, the Lake Oswego crowd got behind Austin Faunce for the talented wrestler's final home meet.

Faunce didn't disappoint the crowd, quickly throwing his opponent for a takedown and turning that position into a 19-second pin.

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