Legend Lamer’s pursuit of a third consecutive state title is about to begin.
The Crescent Valley High junior is the No. 1 overall seed in the 138-pound bracket for the OSAA 5A state wrestling championships, which run Friday and Saturday for all classifications at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
Lamer was the 106 state champion as a freshman in 2016 and brought home the 120 title last year. He is a three-time Mid-Willamette Conference district gold medalist.
Freshman Chance Lamer, Legend’s younger brother, is seeded third at 106. Fellow CV freshman Drew Roberts is the No. 4 seed at 113.
First-place finishes from the Lamers and Roberts helped the Raiders place fifth at last weekend’s MWC championships.
Corvallis’ Porter Johnson is seeded sixth at 182. Johnson, a senior, was a district runner-up.
CV junior Brandon Lareau is the No. 7 seed at heavyweight. Teammates Owen Cserep (106) and Brock Love (182) also qualified for state, as did CHS’ Serrano Patrick (145), Izaak Worsch (160) and Cade O’Brien (182).
Philomath’s James Howell is seeded sixth at 152 for the 4A state championships.
Howell, a senior, will be making his third state appearance at the same weight.
Fellow Warriors Anthony Rath (126), Keltin Benson (132) and Connor Kohn (170) are unseeded state qualifiers.
Santiam Christian’s Caleb Beck upset top-seeded Riley Davis in the Special District 2 195 finals by a 9-5 decision.
The victory landed Beck the No. 3 overall seed for the 3A state championships.
It was the second consecutive district title for Beck, who was the 182 champion as a junior last winter. He went on to place fourth at state.
Beck will be making his third state appearance.
SC has five other state entries: Logan Beem (120), Luke Janssen (138), Jason Manzi (145), Daniel Hudson (160) and Aaron Schaefer (285).
Monroe’s Louden Ballard is seeded third at 126 for the 2A/1A state championships.
Ballard, a two-time Special District 1 champion, placed fourth at state as a sophomore in 2017.
Teammates Kai Garber (152), Zach Esplin (170) and Cody Sherman (220) will also be competing at state.