After a successful season of dual meets - and an impressive second-place finish at the Central Linn Invitational on Jan. 25 - the Lincoln Middle School (LMS) wrestling team headed into the Valley League South Regionals tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1 and finished third overall.
The tournament was held at Pleasant Hill High School and pitted the Tigers against competition from Crow, North Douglas, Oakridge, Thurston, Pleasant Hill, Creswell and Lowell.
The team walked away with seven grapplers in the finals and had two emerge as champions. Carter Bengtson (104-pound class) and Nathan Abrams (265) both went undefeated in their matches. Earning second-place honors were Jeffrey Conklin (70), Seazar Ibarra (74), Micah Spear (136), Rogelio Soto-Cruz (187) and Zane White (265).
Shawn McKinnon (165) was the lone third-place finisher while Sunni James (92), Cian Merz (98), Cameron Manderscheid (108), Luke Fery (119), Jack Barr (130), Johnny Reilly (149) and Joe Bottorff (265) all earned fourth-place in their weight classifications.
Fifteen representatives from LMS will head to the Valley League District Championships on Sat., Feb. 8 at Creswell High School. In other news, the LMS Wrestling team will be having a special fundraiser with a Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Video Game Tournament at the Cottage Grove Armory on Sat., Feb. 15. Admission is $12 for Adults and $10 for Kids.