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Lions stay unbeaten in TRL, win Tigard tourney

West Linn continues its roll heading into a crucial dual meet with Clackamas


West Linn's wrestling team poses with its first-place trophy after winning the Tigard tournament over the weekend.This was supposed to be the time when West Linn's wrestling team eased off the intensity in preparation for the home stretch of the season. But the Lions continue to run on all cylinders.

After a convincing dual meet win over Canby, West Linn cruised to a victory in the Tigard tournament with 15 different athletes placing in the tournament.

The Lions racked up 296 points at the tournament, easily surpassing second-place Southridge's 245.

At 120 pounds, Ian Snapp came up one match short of the finals and took third place. Alex Garcia advanced to the championship match at 126 pounds and finished as the runner-up while Joey Donovan took fourth in that weight class.

Austin Chamberlain had one of his best outings of the year and took second place at 132 pounds.

Tad Handris scored a sixth-place finish at 138 while Tim Harman stayed unbeaten and cruised to a tournament victory at 145 pounds.

Will Alvarado also made a title match at 152 pounds and finished in second place.

At 160 pounds, it was an all-West Linn final. Tyler Self knocked off teammate Jacob Taylor in the championship match as the teammates took first and second.

The Lions were dominant in the upper weight with Ryan Anderson winning his bracket at 170 pounds.

Kyle Ellingson took sixth at 182 and Sam Cook was third at 195.

West Linn would then capture the final two weight classes of the tournament with Noah Bagley winning at 220 and Ellis Eaton winning at 285.

The tournament followed a 45-21 victory in a league meet with Canby last week as the Lions staeyd unbeaten in the TRL.

The teams battled back and forth in the lower weights. Ian Snapp won a tough 6-1 decision at 113 and Joey Donovan ground out a 10-3 win at 120.

Kane Snapp had a strong showing at 132 pounds, winning 7-4. West Linn trailed by three points at that stage of the match but would only lose one more match on the night.

Harman scored a second-round pin at 145 while Gabriel Alvarado earned a fall in the third round at 152.

Jacob Taylor won with a pin in just 33 seconds at 160 pounds and Roland Lester scored a first-round pin at 195.

West Linn will battle Canby today (Thursday) in a dual that will likely determine the league champion.



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