The Lions top Lake Oswego and now gear up for the regional tournament

by: VERN UYETAKE - Ethan Staley gets a lock on his opponent during his victory against Lake Oswego last week.The West Linn wrestling team wrapped up the regular season last week with a solid 56-19 victory over Lake Oswego, clinching second place in the TRL this year behind Oregon City.

The Lions now have the difficult task of staying sharp over more than two weeks of downtime with regionals approaching Feb. 15 and 16 at Oregon City High School.

Much of Lake Oswego's strength this year resides at the front of its line-up in the lighter weights and the Lakers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the dual meet with three straight wins.

However, West Linn would lose just one more match the rest of the way. Lake Oswego forfeited three weight classes to the Lions and, in seven of West Linn's victories, five came by falls and one by technical fall.

Ethan Staley put the Lions in the win column with a pin at 126 pounds, followed by Michael Mutschler scoring a fall at 132.

Tim Harman racked up points at 138 pounds, grinding out an 18-3 technical fall.

Louie Germain then scored another fall for West Linn at 145 pounds and Adam Roethe did the same at 160.

Lake Oswego would forfeit at 170 and 182 pounds to two of the Lions' stronger wrestlers. Garrett Harmon continued West Linn's win streak at 195 pounds with a solid 4-1 victory.

Picking up the Lions' last win of the night was Noah Bagley at 285 with another pin.

West Linn went 4-1 in league and capped off one of its most successful regular seasons in a handful of years.

The Lions will look to sustain their momentum over the next couple of weeks and hope to send a strong contingent on to state.

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