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The Canby Cougar wrestling team made a statement in their season opener Wednesday, claiming convincing victories over host Woodburn and visiting Hood River Valley in the three-way dual.
The Cougs opened with six straight victories over the host bulldogs, as freshmen Matthew Young (106) and Brady Froyd (113) won by fall and technical fall, respectively, in their varsity debuts.
Craig Williams (120), Ty Ewers (126), Landon Sprague (132) and Thomas Marquez (138) also won by fall — all in the first period.
Woodburn’s Benito Roman got his team on the board with the technical fall over Zach Netter in the 145 weight class, before the Cougars’ Peter Sansone (152), Ethan Ensrud (160) and Jackson Doman (170) claimed victories by fall to continue the rout.
Cash Montgomery earned the quickest fall of the night for Canby, pinning Woodburn’s Jesus Garcia in 21 seconds flat.
The Bulldogs found more success in the higher weight classes, as Santiago Roque defeated Canby’s Matthew Hagen by decision at 220, and Ricardo Ascencio beat Colin Kennedy by fall in the second period in the clash of heavyweights.
Canby won the meet 59-20.
The dual against Hood River Valley went more quickly, as the visiting Eagles lost several matches due to forfeit.
The 132-pound and 138-pound matches both went the distance, resulting in a split decision for Canby, with Sprague winning his match over Jaime Rodriguez-Estrada, 6-2, and Marquez falling to Carson Farlow in a hard-fought contest, 10-8.
Netter, Sansone, Montgomery and Kennedy won their remaining matches by fall, including an impressive pin by Kennedy in 34 seconds over heavyweight Malcom Iaulualo. Canby won the meet, 51-9.
The Canby girls wrestling team was also in action against Woodburn and Hood River Valley Wednesday, but results were not available as of Thursday morning.
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