Lake Oswegos numbers and talent are up as the team looks to reach new heights

The Lake Oswego wrestling program is breaking new ground. The Lakers are armed with one of the most talented squads in the program's history, one that coach Brett Macdonald thinks could place in the top-10 at state this year.

A feat like that would be remarkable considering what the program looked like when Macdonald took over.

But Lake Oswego returns state qualifiers and is infused with young talent in a way that should make the team solid in dual meets and especially formidable in tournaments.

“No one's going to roll over us in league this year that's for sure,” Macdonald said.

The Lakers have close to 30 individuals out for wrestling, nearly 20 of which are returners. It will be a while before Lake Oswego is at full strength as many of its top contributors are currently in the middle of a state title run in football.

Lake Oswego has very few holes in its line-up this year and is particularly solid in the lower weights.

At 106, Max Fox and Daniel Imanbayev will battle it out for the starting varsity spot. Macdonald describes Fox as being quick and strong and Imanbayev as a “bruiser.”

At 113, Riley Tallman and Brian Fay will battle. Cahleb Gonzalez is also expected to slide to 113 eventually as one of the Lakers' returning state qualifiers.

“He can accomplish pretty much anything this year. It all comes down to the work he puts in between now and the end of the year,” Macdonald said.

Grant Van Hoomissen will fill in at 120 as a two-year varsity starter and Evan Wireman has been an early surprise for the Lakers at 126.

Justin Hanson will wrestle at either 132 or 138 this season while many of the middle and upper weights will be filled by current football players.

The Tenneson brothers, Caleb and Mack, will wrestle at 145-152 along with Mason Zehr

Lake Oswego has big hopes for returning junior Paul Carlson at 195 pounds.

Carlson went to state last year as a sophomore and should be one of the top competitors in his weight this season.

“We think he has it in the tank to win regionals and, if things go right, he could compete for the state title,” Macdonald said.

Austin Faunce could also be a title contender for the Lakers at 220 pounds.

“He's such a great kid and a hard worker. He had a huge summer for us,” Macdonald said.

At heavyweight, Lake Oswego will look for some big performances from Jack Quinn.

“The football program has helped us grow our sport. That relationship has really worked well for us,” Macdonald said.

Lake Oswego also has a versatile freshman class that could contribute this season and that also bodes well for the future of the program.

“The freshman class is phenomenal with the commitment and toughness they've brought. We have some big guys too which is great to see because we'll need to replenish those upper weights next year,” Macdonald said.

The Lakers are excited about the upcoming season and hope to continue making strides toward being a genuine power in the state.

“We're in a different place than we've ever been. These guys have all put in the work. They started lifting on August 1 and that's a big deal,” Macdonald said.

Lake Oswego will compete at the Glencoe tournament this Friday.

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