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Lake Oswego qualifies six wrestlers for state

It will be the Lakers' biggest contingent at state in school history


Photo Credit: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Marco Young tries to break a hold in the semifinals at 145 pounds at Newberg High School last week. He finished second in his bracket and is headed to state.Six Lake Oswego wrestlers qualified for the state tournament last week, the most the program has ever sent and the Lakers took fourth at the Three Rivers League tournament as the team continues to put together one of its best seasons in school history.

There were a few surprises for the Lakers and a few near misses but, ultimately, coach Brett McDonald was pleased with the team's performance and feels the program will only continue to improve.

“This was a year of a lot of first and it's tough to be disappointed. Now, if we're in the same position next year, I might be disappointed,” McDonald said.

The Lakers fared well up and down the line-up. At 106 pounds, Hayden Hanson was the No. 2 seed but was upset with a second-round pin in the semifinals.

Then, in the third-place match, he lost a tough 8-6 overtime decision.

At 113 pounds, the Lakers got a pair of wrestlers through to state. Max Fox was the No. 2 seed in the bracket and won his first two matches by fall and then scored an 8-2 decision to reach the finals where he finished as the runner up.

His opponent is now the No. 1 seed at state and Fox figures to have a chance to place high in his bracket.

“Max came out of that match thinking he might be the better wrestler,” McDonald said.

Also at 113, unseeded Daniar Imanbayev lost to the No. 1 seed in the opening round before battling his way back with a major decision and a 3-2 victory, eventually winning the third place match 9-4 to earn a trip to state.

At 132 pounds, Brian Fay was the bracket's top seed and showed it by scoring pins in his first three matches to make the finals. There he was in a tough battle with the No. 2 seed from West Linn who eventually had to default with a knee injury, making Fay the district champion.

One of the big early upsets in the tournament came at 145 pounds where Marco Young knocked off the No. 2 seed in the tournament 9-6 in his opening match. He then advanced to the finals with a 7-2 victory and a third-round fall, taking second overall.

Lake Oswego nearly got two wrestlers to state at 152 pounds. Patrick Controy, the No. 2 seed in his bracket, scored a pair of early pins and then made the finals with a tough 4-3 decision and finished second in league.

In the same bracket, Justin Hanson picked up two quick pins and made it to the third-place match but was pinned in the closing seconds of that bout.

At 182 pounds, there was another near miss for the Lakers. Jerry Song won his opening match against the No. 5 seed before losing in the semifinals. Song would make the third-place match with a 4-2 victory but lost one win shy of a state berth.

Chase Otis also finished one win shy of state, taking fourth place at 195 pounds.

Another surprise for the Lakers came at 220 pounds. After a first-round bye, unseeded Griffin Roach beat the No. 3 seed in the bracket with a first-round pin to make the semifinals.

He then topped the No. 2 seed with a 3-2 decision to reach the finals, taking second place and earning a trip to state in the process.

McDonald hopes that all of his state qualifiers can reach the podium this year and that the Lakers might crown another state champion.

“If Fay wrestles his best, he'll be right there,” McDonald said.

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