In two hard-fought matches, Lions fall to Century but top defending champion Scots

The West Linn wrestling team got off to a strong start at the David Douglas tournament last week. Despite wrestling without anyone at the bottom two weight classes, giving up 12 points to both Century and David Douglas right off the bat, the Lions split those matches.

The Lions lost to Century 36-31 but held on to knock off the defending 6A champions from David Douglas 38-33.

“Starting off a dual meet 12 points behind is always a challenge. A match here of a fall there is huge and makes the difference for the team,” coach Doug Samarron said.

West Linn had strong performances up and down the lineup, particularly in the middle weights. Five different wrestlers went undefeated in two matches, helping the Lions grind out the victory over the Scotsmen.

Ian Snapp picked up some much-needed points for the Lions in the lower weights, winning both of his matches at 126 pounds.

“He exuded a lot of confidence,” Samarron said.

At 152, Tim Harman got his season off to a strong start with a pair of victories, picking up points early and often against his opponents.

One of the most impressive showings of the tournament came at 160 pounds. Jacob Taylor notched a pair of pins against two solid opponents.

“Those were both decent guys he pinned. They couldn't keep up with his wrestling,” Samarron said.

Tyler Self also won two matches at 170 and Roland Lester notched a pair of pins at 182.

As expected, the middle of West Linn's lineup proved that it can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone in the state.

“The first competition of the year is fantastic feedback, a snapshot of where we are as a team,” Samarron said.

The Lions will continue to take on solid competition early in the year. Next up for the Lions will be the Westview Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

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