The Lions and Pioneers each win seven matches but Oregon City prevails 36-30

West Linn gave Oregon City's vaunted wrestling team its best fight in quite some time last week, nearly toppling the Pioneers at home in an extremely entertaining 36-30 dual meet.

The teams each won seven matches on the evening but the difference was that Oregon City was more efficient at racking up falls. Five of the Pioneers' victories came by fall compared to just two from the Lions, plus a forfeit.

The meet began with Mario Ruiz giving Oregon City's Ryan Leonard a good fight before being pinned in the final minute. Joey Donovan then received a forfeit at 113 pounds for the Lions and Ian Snapp gave West Linn the lead with an impressive 7-2 victory over his opponent at 120.

But Oregon City would take control of the meet over the course of the next three matches. The Pioneers recorded three straight pins, two in the first round to take a sizable lead.

But the Lions would chip away. Tim Harman stopped the bleeding for West Linn at 145 pounds, picking up a hard-fought 3-1 victory.

Tyler Self then turned in one of the night's best performances at 152 pounds, taking Carter Marshall to overtime and coming away with a 4-2 victory in the extra period.

West Linn wrestled in another overtime match at 170 pounds. Tyler Chay received perhaps his stiffest test of the season so far from Tanner Fisher. The low-scoring match would go to double overtime before Chay would finally break through for a 6-2 win to stay unbeaten on the year.

Oregon City picked up a key decision at 182 pounds where Michael Griffin edged out Cam Schmitz 3-2.

The Lions would stay in contention at 195 pounds where Eddy Rojas scored a huge first-round pin to draw the Lions within six points with just two matches remaining.

However, Michael McCoy locked up the win for Oregon City with a second-round pin at 220 pounds.

The Lions would end the night on a very positive note though with heavyweight Noah Bagley scoring a pin in the second round against Jacob Hagler, the No. 5 ranked wrestler in the state at that weight.

West Linn then had a very strong tournament in Newberg. After falling to a strong Thurston squad 40-31 in their first dual, the Lions rallied to pound Newberg 54-15.

West Linn then battled a very strong team from Sprague in its final match and, in one of their best showings of the season, topped the highly-ranked Olympians 36-31.

Four Lions went undefeated in the tournament. Chay kept his unbeaten streak alive at 170 pounds. Harman went 3-0 at 145 pounds as did Ellis Eaton at 220.

Noah Bagley continued his strong start to the season with three victories at heavyweight and Trent Porter came up big for the Lions at 152, winning a pair of matches after being called on to replace Adam Roethe, who suffered a cut eyelid against Thurston.

The Lions will face Canby in a dual meet tonight (Thursday) and will then compete in the Redmond tournament over the weekend.

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