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Wrestling teams begin league meets


The Lake Oswego wrestling team is slowly rounding in to form and, as it gets into the crux of its league dual meets, the team should be very formidable.

The Lakers opened league with an extremely difficult match against state power Oregon City.

The Pioneers handled Lake Oswego 63-12 but the Lakers were without five of their varsity starters.

"I relish the challenge of Oregon City. We see them early every year and it's good for the guys to see how fast-paced they are," coach Brett MacDonald said.

The Lakers were able to give some valuable experience to a handful of freshmen and they performed admirably.

"I thought all of our freshmen wrestled tough. I was impressed with them," MacDonald said.

Lake Oswego has one of its best freshmen classes in years which bodes well for the future of the program.

The Lakers take on another strong team in West Linn tonight (Thursday) at Lake Oswego High School and are expected to have key contributors Turner Young and Cahleb Gonzalez back.

"We got such a late start this year because of football but things are starting to look up," MacDonald said.

Lake Oswego will also compete in the Oregon Classic beginning this Friday, taking on the tournament when another team backed out.

It will be another opportunity for the Lakers to see some of the best competition in the state.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge's small wrestling contingent had a strong showing at the Woodburn Tournament over the weekend.

Ansel Webster and Jake Oelrich each ran the table in their respective weight classes to take home titles.

Cooper Webster also went 2-1 in the tournament.

Both the Lakers and Pacers continue to eye the all-important regional tournament where they will look to send strong groups on to state.