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West Linn closes in on its first dual meet title since 2007

by: JON HOUSE - Kane Snapp scored a victory for West Linn in his match at 132 pounds last week. Snapp shut out his opponent from Clackamas 6-0.West Linn's wrestling team moved one big step closer to taking home this year's league dual meet title last week as it dropped Clackamas convincingly 45-24.

The Lions had previously wrestled the Cavaliers in an early-season tournament and won 36-27, but West Linn had settled into a much more formidable lineup.

The Lions only lost five matches on the night, one by forfeit and one by a disqualification and West Linn was only pinned once in the meet.

After forfeiting at 106, West Linn got on the board with a quick first-round pin by Ian Snapp at 113.

Alex Garcia then scored big points early and picked up a 14-7 decision at 120.

Clackamas got its first win at 126 but the Lions still maintained their momentum. Joey Donovan faced one of the top wrestlers in the region at that weight and battled until the end, staying away from a major decision in a 7-1 loss.

“Joey wrestled a full six minutes and showed the guys how to go down swinging,” coach Doug Samarron said.

Kane Snapp then toppled his opponent at 132 6-0. At 138, Tad Handris battled into overtime but lost a tough 5-3 decision.

Tim Harman was challenged early in his match at 145 but thoroughly dominated the final two rounds against a strong opponent and came up with a pin with 40 seconds remaining in the match.

Tyler Self also continued his strong run, scoring a pin 49 seconds into the third round.

Ryan Anderson made it three pins in a row, taking down his opponent early in the third round as well.

And, at heavyweight, Ellis Eaton outlasted another tough competitor 3-1. Eaton has just one loss this season and is angling for a top seed at regionals.

“He has a tough guy from Canby coming up and that match should determine the No. 1 seed,” Samarron said.

West Linn is now 3-0 in league and battled Lake Oswego last night. It will have its makeup meet with Canby Feb. 11 and the winner will determine the league champion.

The Lions last won the TRL title in 2007.

“If we can finish it out, that would be the second one of our big goals. We wanted to trophy at the Classic, win the dual meet title and trophy at state,” Samarron said.

West Linn will also host and compete in the annual Kirk Spencer Invitational Friday against South Albany, Westview and Gresham.

“We should do well in those meets and the Gresham one will be important for seeding at regionals,” Samarron said.

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