The Lakers believe they can compete for a top-half finish this year.
It’s all about building.
It’s all about progress.
And it’s all about moving forward for the Lake Oswego wrestling team in 2023.
“(We) will place in the top three teams at district this season,” said Lake Oswego’s second-year coach Turner Young. “Our young wrestlers have heart, desire and enthusiasm. In addition, they’ll be competing on their home mat (when we host) the district tournament this year.”
While the Lakers don’t have a returning district placewinner or state qualifier, they do have some talent and more depth than in recent years.
“This is my second year as head wrestling coach and our coaches are continuing to build the wrestling program from ground zero, adopting a culture and philosophy similar to our football team,” Young said.
This year’s team will be led by junior team captain Dylan Keyser at 106 pounds, sophomore Lusiano Lopez at 220 and freshman Tripton Ciupryk at 160.
“As a returning wrestler, Dylan has naturally stepped into a mentor role with his teammates, most of whom are novice wrestlers,” Young said. “Dylan is also considered a peer coach; he not only teaches these underclassmen how to prepare for competition, he exhibits outstanding sportsmanship and behavior during and after competition. He is a true role model, both on the mat and in the classroom.”
Lopez, after a year away from wrestling due to injury, “has become a force to be reckoned with. Lusiano dominates with his physical strength and continues to learn the finer strategies of wrestling,” Young said, adding that Ciupryk “has a tireless desire to learn and a remarkable work ethic. Tripton is dedicated and committed to performing his best at whatever is in front of him. Wrestlers and coaches in our league will watch Tripton very closely in the years to come as he develops into one of our league’s finest.”
The rest of the Lakers’ frontline wrestlers will include: freshman Kyron Streeb at 120; sophomore Anthony Ruggiero at 126; freshman Roham Shariati and junior Carter Craig at 138; freshman Matthew Wang and freshman LaMarcus Bell at 152; freshman Jacob Alar at 182; junior Dashel Hinrichs and senior Ryan Pirrung at 195; sophomore Jagar Shean, sophomore Kellen Hilliker, junior Mason Men and junior Mason Faulk at 220; and senior Sahand Ansari and senior Liam Nolan (a Jesuit student) at 285.
Regarding the 2022-23 Three Rivers League race, Young said that West Linn’s depth and tradition will likely carry the day.
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