Wrestlers win pair of duals, have impressive run at Canby tourney
- Matthew Sherman
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
West Linn's wrestling team continues to round into form heading into the Christmas break.
The Lions pieced together some strong performances last week, beating both Centennial and Reynolds in dual meets and taking fifth at the Canby tournament against some very strong teams.
At Canby, West Linn had 11 of its wrestlers place and had three champions.
Perhaps the biggest bright spot for the Lions came at 132 pounds where Colin Cubbage had a fantastic tournament, going 3-0 en route to the championship.
At 170 pounds, Ryan Harman also went undefeated, winning four matches, two of them by falls. Teammate Adam Roethe took fifth place at 170 pounds.
West Linn's third champion came at 182 pounds where Elijah Eaton went 3-0.
At heavyweight, Ellis Eaton took second place, going 2-1 with both of his victories coming by falls.
Tyler Chay also took second place, going 3-1 at 160 pounds.
Braden Krellwitz notched third-place at 138 pounds with a 2-1 record while Joey Donovan (106 pounds) and TJ Hilton (145 pounds) each took fourth.
In a very competitive weight class at 152 pounds, Sam Nicholson finished in fifth. He went 4-1 in the bracket with three wins coming by falls.
Tim Harman also placed for West Linn, taking sixth at 145 pounds.
The Lions also recently knocked off Centennial 55-28 and Reynolds 47-24 in a pair of dual meets.
Against the Eagles, Donovan, Rico Diaz, Cubbage, Krellwitz, Ryan Harman and Ellis Eaton all won by falls as the Lions had little trouble racking up points in the victory.
A win against the Raiders also came fairly easily with West Linn losing just three contested matches on the evening.
The Lions won five matches with falls, including Donovan at 106 pounds, Cubbage at 132, Tim Harman at 145, Nicholson at 152 and Jon Messman at 220.
Reynolds was strong in the lower weights, winning at 113, 120 and 126 pounds but the Lions dominated in the middle and heavier classes.
Krellwitz topped his opponent 5-1 at 138 pounds and Chay earned a 13-3 major decision at 170 pounds. Ryan Harman did the same at 195 pounds while the Eaton brothers also picked up victories.