by:  VERN UYETAKE Austin Faunce gets a lock on his opponent at 195 pounds during last week’s dual meet against West Linn. Faunce won his match 9-0.

Lake Oswego's wrestling team ran into a strong West Linn squad last week in a dual meet but, with a nearly full line-up, the Lakers held their own against the always talented line-up.

The Lakers got off to a strong start. Brian Fay was solid at 106 pounds, taking a 5-0 lead after recording a near fall in the opening round.

Fay would up his lead to 7-0 before pinning his opponent early in the third round to put Lake Oswego on the board.

The next match was one of the best of the evening.

Cahleb Gonzalez took on West Linn's Ethan Staley at 112 pounds and fell behind 2-1 after the first round.

But Gonzalez would tie the match in the second round when Staley was penalized for cautions. He then took the lead with a reversal and was up 4-3 with one round to go.

In the third, Staley tied the match when Gonzalez was whistled for an illegal lock and Staley scored a reverse with 35 seconds left in the match to eke out a 6-4 win.

At 126 pounds, Mason Fellows was methodical against his opponent.

He scored a takedown to go up 2-0 after the first round and picked up an escape and two-point near fall in the second round.

Fellows then did well to stay out of trouble in the final round and held on for the 5-0 win.

West Linn would control the middle of the meet, coming up with multiple pins.

At 145 pounds, Jake Anderson turned in a strong match against Tim Harman and was tied heading into the third round before falling 14-8.

At 195 pounds, Austin Faunce picked up a big win, also turning in a shutout.

Faunce scored three takedowns in the match and won handily 9-0.

One of the more anticipated matches of the night came at 220 pounds where Turner Young took on Ellis Eaton.

Young jumped out to the early lead with a takedown in the first round.

He then gave up an escape in the second but picked up another takedown to lead 4-2.

Young turned in a smart final round, escaping early and scoring one final takedown to seal the win.

Lake Oswego will take on Lakeridge tonight (Thursday).

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