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Three LO wrestlers earn trip to state

Austin Faunce wins the regional title at 220 pounds and is seeded No. 1 at the state tourney


The Lake Oswego wrestling team had five place-winners at last week's regional meet and will send three athletes to state this Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum.

Austin Faunce was the No. 1 seed in the tournament at 220 pounds. After an early bye, Faunce scored a pair of first-round pins to move into the semifinals.

He then scored a 6-2 win and faced Oregon City's Michael McCoy in the finals.

McCoy played a conservative match against the physical Faunce but Faunce outlasted him 2-1 to win the title.

“Our biggest issue with Austin is that we've been trying to prepare him for a guy who wants to come out and attack him. We've had to adjust his style and have him be willing to win ugly matches because no one's been willing to really wrestle him,” Macdonald said.

He is now seeded No. 1 in the state at 220 pounds and will look to finish his Lake Oswego career with a championship.

“He's certainly not over-confident, but he's hungry,” Macdonald said.

At 113 pounds, Lake Oswego qualified a pair of wrestlers for state. Cahleb Gonzales was the No. 2 seed in the bracket and scored two quick pins to move into the semifinals.

Gonzales then blanked his opponent from West Linn 6-0 and moved into the finals against Devin Poppen who he had previously beaten.

But, this time, Poppen came out ahead, edging out Gonzales 4-2.

“He's still got a shot to win the whole thing. There's no one faster than him in the bracket and if you look past him, you're in trouble,” Macdonald said.

Brian Fay also wrestled for the Lakers at 113 and won his first two matches with a pair of pins. Fay also fell to Poppen after getting caught in the second round.

But, in consolation, Fay scored a third-round pin and then won the third-place match by an injury default.

At 106, Lake Oswego sophomore Max Fox had a strong tournament. Fox scored a technical fall to open regionals before losing in the second round to a strong wrestler from Clackamas.

In consolation, Fox scored two impressive decisions before being beaten one round shy of state and taking sixth.

“Max really wrestled well and we're looking for big things from him,” Macdonald said.

At 195, the Lakers' Paul Carlson had a tough early match, losing in the second round. But Carlson rallied back impressively. He scored a pin and a 10-5 decision before tallying another pin to get him on the cusp of a state berth.

However, Carlson would fall in the third round of the consolation semifinals and would drop a tough 3-2 decision in the fifth place match.

For Lakeridge, Jake Oelrich finished one match shy of state as well. Oelrich picked up a 9-3 decision to open his tournament before losing a competitive match to a strong West Linn wrestler.

In consolation, Oelrich scored a pin an an 8-2 victory to move into the consolation semifinals.

Oelrich then lost his state qualifying match before claiming fifth place by an injury default against the West Linn wrestler who had beaten him earlier.



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