The Lakewood boys wrestling team competed against the Ferndale Golden Eagles on Jan. 16.
The Cougars started out strong as they won three matches out of the first five on the backs of a very young group of wrestlers. With six freshmen on the varsity roster, Lakewood earned multiple impressive victories throughout the match. At the end of the ninth match the Cougars held a small 26-24 lead over the Golden Eagles. Unfortunately, after a forfeit and two losses by pin, Ferndale managed to take control of the match and earn the 42-26 victory.
“They’re a good team. Right now, it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about getting better, learning in the room and learning out here against other teams,” said Lakewood Head Coach Tom O’Hara.
The Cougar freshmen Chase Dawson and Dre Ang had impressive victories. Dawson, 132-pound class, was able to earn the first Lakewood victory with a pin 26 seconds into the second round. Ang, 152, wasn’t able to earn a pin but dominated in his matchup to earn a technical pin, by a score of 24-7, with 1:21 left in the third round.
“Now that we are getting near the end of the year, it is go time. We need to start drilling harder and pushing ourselves at a different level because at this point it’s a sprint,” said Coach O’Hara.
Lakewood’s score had other contributors including Brendan McClellan, Barrett Meyer and Gavin Wright. McClellan, junior 145, had the fastest pin for the Cougars as he finished his matchup 37 seconds into the first round. Meyer, sophomore 195, took his match into the third round but also finished with a pin with 52 seconds left. Wright, senior 170, was the only match to finish by decision as he won 10-5 over Ferndale.
If you want to come and cheer on the Cougars, they have one home match left in the regular season against the Sedro-Woolley Cubs on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.