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Three Lakers, one Pacer to state wrestling meet

Brian Fay wins a regional title for the Lakers


by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Brian Fay captured the regional crown at 126 pounds. by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Jake Oelrich looks to break a hold during his win in the fourth-place match at regionals last week.Three Lakers and one Pacer will be represented at the state wrestling meet this year and both squads had solid showing at regionals Friday and Saturday.

Lake Oswego's Brian Fay took home the regional title at 126 pounds and earned a No. 4 seed at state.

Fay, the top seed in his district bracket, won his first two matches with pins and then ground out a tough 3-0 decision to reach the finals.

In the title match, Fay led 8-1 after two rounds and then worked a pin early in the third round for the championship.

At 120 pounds, the Lakers' Cahleb Gonzales also reached the finals. As the No. 2 seed, Gonzales also picked up a pair of pins to open the tournament and then put together a strong performance in a 7-5 win in the semifinals. In the title match, Gonzales fell 12-2 to the top seed from Oregon City.

Riley Tallman also punched a ticket to state for the Lakers. In the 132-pound bracket, Tallman won his first match with a pin and then topped Matthew Miller from Clackamas 4-3 to reach the semifinals.

Tallman lost that match but scored another pin in consolation and then won his third-place showdown 8-6.

At 106 pounds, Lake Oswego's Max Fox finished just one match shy of a state berth, falling in the fourth-place match Saturday.

Lakeridge's Jake Oelrich had a strong regional tournament as well. The senior advanced to the semifinals with a pin and a technical fall before falling to the undefeated No. 1 seed from West Linn.

Oelrich lost his first consolation match but wrestled back to win his next two matches with pins, taking fourth and earning a trip to state.

Lakeridge's Nick Dee won his opening match at 160 before falling to the top seed.

Lake Oswego's Paul Carlson finished just shy of a state berth. He won his first two matches with pins in less than a minute before falling to the top seed in the bracket.

Carlson then dropped a tough 8-6 decision in the consolation semifinals before scoring a pin to make it into the fourth-place match.

Carlson would then lose to a strong wrestler from Barlow.

The state meet will be Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum.

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