Ludwig earns state champion title in wrestling

Lakeview High School wrestling team finished sixth overall at the 1A/2A State Championships. Morgan Ludwig was the state champion in the 182 weight class. Coach Shannon Ludwig, l-r, Morgan Ludwig, Wyatt Patzke, Brayson Graner, Adrian Stubbs and Assistant Coach James Bowers.

Wrestlers from 40 teams competed at the Oregon State Wrestling Tournament held in Sweet Home on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26. Lakeview High School wrestler Morgan Ludwig claimed the state champion title in the 182 weight class in the 1A/2A division.

Lakeview High School (LHS) sent four wrestlers to the state tournament. Out of the 40 teams, LHS finished in sixth place.

LHS also sent Brayson Granger in the 145 weight class, Wyatt Patzke in the 145 weight class and Adrian Stubbs in the 170 weight class.

Ludwig began his run for state champion with two pins in his first two matches. He went up against Gabe Wilson of Culver in his first match, followed by Ryan Huss of Central Linn. With these two early victories, Ludwig made it to the semifinals.

In the semifinal Ludwig faced one of his stiffest competitors, Ash Blomstrom of Toledo. Ludwig won 9-5 to reach the finals in the 182 weight class. In the finals, he faced Jace Coe of Heppner. Coe was a state finalist in the 160 weight class last year. In an even match Ludwig was able to come out ahead and to win 5-3. He is LHS’s first wrestling state champion since 2013 and the 10th wrestler in the school’s history to win the title.

Patzke finished as a state finalist in the 145 weight class. He started off well with a pin in his first match against Leland Good of Oakland. This was followed by another pin against Reece McConnell of Elgin. With these two pins Patzke reached the semifinal match. In the semifinal bout he faced Shade Starr of Colton and won with a pin to reach the state championship in the 145 weight class. In a very close match in the finals, Patzke lost to Christian Solomon of Reedsport 10-7 and finished in second place.

Granger placed fourth overall in the 145 weight class. Things did not start well for him in his first match of the tournament when he lost by fall to Solomon. He was then in the consolation bracket and won three straight matches to earn a place in the consolation finals. His first match in the consolation finals was Good, with Granger winning by pin. Next up was Roger Moore of Colton with Granger defeating him 14-2. Next up was Starr, with Granger winning handily 15-0 to earn a spot in the third place match. Granger faced Cart Blackburn of Union, but lost the match and claimed fourth place.

Stubbs could not repeat his masterful performance from the District Championships. He lost his first match against Boaz Simonds of Toledo. He was able to win his second match against Andrew Matlock of Coquille by fall. In his second consolation match though, Stubbs was not able to overcome Trenton Hutchinson of Toledo and he lost by fall.

“This team is amazing and I am so proud and happy for these young men. It takes extreme dedication, commitment, sacrifice, and hard work to make the podium at the State Wrestling Championships. They have been training years for this moment and it paid off for them. It is even more amazing that they did it during such a crazy and tumultuous season where there were constant changes and unknowns, but the opportunity presented itself, and they took it. What Morgan accomplished is so hard, only 10 wrestlers in the history of Lakeview have ever done it. And Wyatt is now a three time placer for Lakeview and is on track to become the third four time placer in the history of Lakeview,” said LHS Wrestling Coach Shannon Ludwig.

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