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Four wrestlers place at Pac Coast Championships


Tyler Chay wins his bracket at the highly competitive tournament

The West Linn wrestling team had some standouts and strong showings at the competitive Pac-Coast Championships over the weekend.

As a team, the Lions took 17th out of 35 squads in attendance and had four wrestlers place including one champion.

At 145 pounds, Tim Harman opened his tournament with a second-round pin. He then moved into the quarterfinals with a tough 12-8 decision before falling to the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the bracket.

In consolation, Harman won another decision 11-4 before dropping a tough match in overtime.

In the seventh place match, Harman rebounded nicely, shutting his opponent out 6-0.

At 182 pounds, Cam Schmitz had a breakthrough performance. He opened up the tournament by pinning his opponent in just 46 seconds. Schmitz then won 7-0 before getting pinned in the quarterfinals.

In consolation, Schmitz tallied another pin and would move into the seventh place match which he won 7-4.

At 220 pounds, Ellis Eaton scored an early pin in 36 seconds to advance and won his second match with a second-round pin.

Eaton fell in the quarterfinals but worked his way back with a 3-0 decision and a pin to move into the fifth place match which he won by forfeit.

At 170 pounds, Tyler Chay was the top seed in the bracket and he didn't disappoint.

Chay had a first-round bye and then won his opening match with a second-round pin. Chay breezed into the semifinals with a 3-0 decision and then scored a convincing 10-2 victory to advance to the championship match.

Chay had an equally easy time in the finals, scoring another 10-2 decision to walk away with the title.

West Linn will now gear up for the gauntlet of its January schedule which includes the beginning of league dual matches.