Also: Mustangs stumble at Liberty

Rex Putnam’s wrestling team bagged its first Northwest Oregon Conference dual wrestling meet on Jan. 10, dispatching with the short-handed St. Helens Lions 60-24.

The Kingsmen won four of eight matches contested on the mat, and they accepted six forfeits en route to the runaway win.

Kingsmen Brice McDonald (113), Dereck Bemis (132), Kyle Gorsage (138) and Moein Rezaei (160) all won by fall.

It took Rezaei just 1:12 to win his match. It was the first varsity pin for Bemis, who pinned his opponent in 5:06.

McDonald was impressive in rallying back to win by fall at 113. The Kingsmen freshman found himself on his back early in the match, but battled back to take command. He was up 10-7 midway through the third round when he earned his fall.

The Kingsmen had a busy weekend, going head-to-head with four teams on Saturday in a tournament at Woodburn. Putnam took care of business with Lakeridge and Woodburn, defeating the Pacers 72-18 and the Bulldogs 60-18. The Kingsmen came up short in dual competition with Gervais and with Centennial, losing to the Cougars 54-25 and to the Eagles 72-12.

The Kingsmen (1-2) face a stiff test tonight, when they entertain Sandy (3-0). The Pioneers hammered Parkrose 59-17 last week, and they are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NWOC.

It was tough sledding for the Milwaukie Mustangs on Jan. 10, as the Liberty Falcons dealt the Mustangs their first loss of the NWOC dual season, 45-24.

Milwaukie (2-1) won only four matches. Justin Edwards (126) pinned Damon Flazor; Brenton Oten (170) pinned Jordan Grenfell; Clay Bispham (195) pinned Ernesto Caballero; and Chase Blackwell won by forfeit at 182.

Milwaukie sophomore Jordan Ostrander suffered a tough loss at 120, where he fell to Liberty junior standout Kevin Rivas, 9-7 in overtime.

The Mustangs host Sherwood (1-1) tonight. They vie in a tournament at Southridge next weekend, and they entertain NWOC powerhouse Sandy next Wednesday.

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