Lake Oswego puts two wrestlers on the podium at state
Lake Oswego put two wrestlers on the podium at last week's state tournament with Austin Faunce living up to his No. 3 seed by making an appearance in the finals on Saturday night.
"It's something we hadn't done before since I've been here, which was nice but we really thought all four guys could place. We've really been pushing each other," coach Brett MacDonald said.
Faunce was seeded No. 3 at 195 pounds and knew he had a fairly favorable bracket in front of him.
"We knew that if he wrestled the way he was capable of that he'd be in the finals," MacDonald said.
Faunce didn't give up a point in his first two matches, winning them 5-0 and 4-0 respectively to move into the semifinals.
There he took on Dre Johnson from Southridge and found himself in a tough defensive battle.
But it was the type of match in which Faunce thrives and he was able to wear Johnson down in the final round to secure a 3-2 win.
"Austin realized that he has a better gas tank than most other guys and he just flat-out wears you out. He just tries not to make mistakes early or give up points that he doesn't have to," MacDonald said. In the finals, Faunce took on the bracket's No. 1 seed in senior Jacob Turek from Hillsboro.
Turek was aggressive from the opening whistle and scored a 16-7 victory as Faunce took second.
At 220 pounds, the Lakers' Turner Young also faced a manageable draw.
He received a forfeit in his opening round and then moved on to face the bracket's No. 1 seed although it was an opponent that MacDonald knew Young could compete with.
"Turner's definitely one of the best 220-pounders in the state. We've always known he could wrestle at that level," MacDonald said.
The match was low-scoring and went to overtime.
There Young was able to work his way into position for a takedown and came up with a huge 4-2 win to move into the semifinals.
In the semis, Young lost a difficult 3-1 decision to a familiar opponent from Oregon City but he would come back for a fifth place finish in consolation.
At 106 pounds, Cahleb Gonzalez lost his opening match to the bracket's No. 2 seed and then had a solid opening match in the first round of consolation but gave up a point in the closing seconds to fall 3-2.
"It's good motivation for him going forward. He's really only wrestled for a year and a half and he's starting to realize what he can do," MacDonald said.
Gonzalez, Faunce and Paul Carlson, who also qualified for state at 182 pounds, will all return next year on a team that looks to make another step forward.