Lakeview High School wrestling sent four wrestlers to the OSAA State Wrestling tournament, held on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Overall Wyatt Patzke placed third in the 145-weight class and Dylan Julian placed fourth in the 160-weight class. Brayson Granger, 126-weight class, went 1-2 and did not place. Morgan Ludwig, 152-weight class, went 1-2 and did not place.
Patzke lost to Zeb Ramsden of Joseph in the Quarterfinals by fall, but he bounced back quickly against Kellen Gamache of Monore and Austin Sicard of Vernonia. He earned a technical fall against Ethan Elmer of Coquille to earn a spot in the third place match. In the third place match Patzke pinned Carter Blackburn of Union to earn third place. Patzke finishes the season with a 40-5 record.
Julian defeated his first opponent, Jacob Beauchamp, in the quarterfinal match, but he lost to Trenton Hutchinson of Toledo in the semifinal match. This put Julian into the consolation rounds, where he first defeated Damion Young of Grant Union to earn a spot in the third place match. In the third place match Julian lost to Isian Coomey of Culver. Julian finishes the season with a 29-11 record.
Granger lost in his first match against Rene Flores of Jefferson, but that did not deter Granger as he bounced back against Jeffrey Woollett of Rogue River. He then lost against Wyatt Jones of Vernonia. Granger ended the season with a 28-16 record.
Ludwig won his first match against River Lichte of Reedsport, but fell in the quarterfinals against Tanner Clark of Siletz Valley. In the consolation round Ludwig lost to Brody Davidson. Ludwig finishes the season with a 29-14 record.
“I am incredibly proud of our wrestlers,” said LHS Wrestling Coach Shannon Ludwig. “They trained incredibly hard for this opportunity to compete with Oregon's best wrestlers. They all wrestled very tough and represented Lakeview to the best of their abilities. Dylan and Wyatt wrestled exceptionally well the last two years by placing in the top four, which is very difficult to accomplish. Brayson and Morgan were placed in undoubtedly the most difficult weight classes of the tournament where there were four returning state placers among the competitors. Both Morgan and Brayson wrestled their hearts out and came so close to placing.”