Wrestling teams round into late-season form
Lake Oswego's wrestling team is hoping to get healthy as it heads into its final few meets before regionals.
The Lakers are a little dinged up but individuals are at their ideal weights and, at full strength, the team should still be formidable.
"We finally have everyone wrestling where they're supposed to be and I'm optimistic," coach Brett MacDonald said.
At last week's Sherwood Tournament, Lake Oswego was missing some of its top competitors but still had a handful of very strong showings.
Most notably, Noah Peterson won the tournament at heavyweight as he continues what has been a stellar season.
"I think Noah's probably the most athletic heavyweight in the state. He's been doing some things we never knew he had in him," MacDonald said.
Cahleb Gonzalez took second place for the Lakers at 113 pounds and is set to drop down to 106 pounds soon.
Also placing for Lake Oswego was Brian Fay who took fourth at 106.
"We showed improvement and did some really good things," MacDonald said.
With the Lakers back in their regular wrestling room following the high school's roof being repaired, MacDonald hopes that consistency is what his team needs to make a strong late-season run.
"It feels like we're a big-time 6A program again. I still think we have four or five guys who can really make some waves," MacDoanld said.
Last week Lake Oswego also won its meet against Lakeridge, winning all three of the night's contested matches.
The Pacers won two matches by forfeit and had some strong results at the Southridge Tournament.
Ansel Webster was terrific at the event, winning his weight class in impressive fashion. He won his championship match with a pin in just 30 seconds.
Joey Miller took fifth and Jake Oelrich and Cooper Webster each took sixth in their weight classes.