After shutting out Lakeridge to open league, the Lions fare well at their annual tournament

The West Linn wrestling team got its league dual meets underway last week and then went 2-1 while hosting the annual Kirk Spencer Invitational.

The Lions took on a depleted Lakeridge squad last week and won 75-0. The Pacers fielded nine wrestlers and West Linn recorded falls in eight of those matches to walk away with the shutout.

That would be a theme last week for the Lions. West Linn opened up the Kirk Spencer Invitational against Milwaukie and blanked another opponent.

West Linn was stingy again, posting a 66-0 decision to kick the tournament off on a high note.

The Lions then took on a very strong Hillsboro squad in what turned out to be a terrific match.

The teams battled back and forth and swapped the lead multiple times. After a big win from Ellis Eaton, the Lions held a slim lead heading into the heavyweight match.

Isaiah Molden was leading his match when his opponent went low for a takedown and hyperextended Molden's knee, causing him to default. The loss gave Hillsboro a 38-33 victory.

“We had some great matches and the crowd was really into it. It was kind of a bummer it had to end that way,” coach Doug Samarron said.

The Lions are hopeful that Molden will be able to return by the end of the year.

West Linn would rebound impressively against another strong opponent in Westview. The Lions put together one of their most complete matches of the season to win 51-24.

Six different wrestlers went undefeated to claim tournament championships.

Tad Handris had a breakout tournament at 138 pounds, topping Hillsboro opponent 16-3 and winning his Westview match 9-3.

Cam Schmitz was equally impressive going 3-0, which included a third-round pin against Hillsboro in what had been a 1-1 match.

Tim Harman, Adam, Roethe, Tyler Chay and Ellis Eason also went undefeated, continuing their strong seasons.

The Lions have little time to rest. West Linn takes on league rival and powerhouse Oregon City tonight (Thursday) at home. West Linn will then wrestle in the Newberg tournament this weekend.

“We're kind of at the top of the hill right now. This month is always brutal,” Samarron said.

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