Four Lions win titles and 18 place as West Linn cruises to the tourney title

by: TRACIE KRELLWITZ - Noah Bagley moves in for a pin during a victory in the Tigard Tournament last weekend.The West Linn wrestling team scored a big victory in the Tigard Tournament last weekend as it continues to build momentum and hopes to peak in the next few weeks with regionals and state looming.

The Lions won the event handily with 363 points, blowing past second-place North Medford by 134 points.

West Linn had 18 place-winners in a dominating performance and had five individual champions.

The Lions took second and third at 113 pounds. Alex Garcia won three consecutive decisions to reach the title match before falling to the No. 1 seed from Forest Grove.

Meanwhile, Joey Donovan took third, falling only to the eventual champion as well and then winning the third-place match with a fall.

At 120 pounds, Ethan Staley was the No. 1 seed and he cruised to a victory with three straight pins to capture the tournament. Ian Snapp would take fifth place in the bracket.

At 126 pounds, Kane Snapp would rattle off three straight victories to make the championship match before losing by a decision to the No. 1 seed from Forest Grove.

At 138 pounds, Austin Patterson made a nice run in consolation to take fifth place.

West Linn would dominate the middle weights. At 145 pounds, Tim Harman made the finals with three straight pins and won the championship by a technical fall. Louie Germain would take fifth in that bracket as well.

It was an all-West Linn affair at 152 pounds. Both Tyler Self and Trent Porter battled to make the championship match and Self bested his teammate for the title in a tough match.

The Lions would win their third straight weight class at 160 pounds where Ryan Anderson and Adam Roethe each made it to the finals, culminating with a win from Roethe for West Linn's second straight 1-2 finish.

At 170 pounds, Cam Schmitz took sixth place while JJ McNown was fifth at 182.

Garrett Harmon lost just one match in the tournament at 195 pounds and won his third-place showdown.

At 220 pounds, Ellis Eaton captured the Lions' final championship of the tournament, winning all three of his matches impressively. Karn Banwait took sixth in that bracket.

Wrapping up the tournament, heavyweight Noah Bagley won a pair of matches to make the championship before falling and settling for second place.

The Lions will wrestle Lake Oswego tonight (Thursday) to wrap up their dual meet schedule and then have some time off until the regional tournament at Oregon City Feb. 15-16.

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