Crescent Valley sophomore Brawley Lamer is quickly making a name for himself among high school wrestlers in the state.
Lamer, in his first year at CV and competing at 106 pounds, has defeated the top-ranked 6A wrestler and two of the top five in the 4A rankings in the past few weeks.
Next up is the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet at Silverton, which begins its two-day run on Friday.
Lamer, whose family moved back to Oregon from South Dakota last year, tore a ligament in his elbow earlier this season but has hit his stride recently.
“The past few weeks he’s had some great matches,” said Raiders coach Chad Lamer, also Brawley’s father.
Brawley Lamer (16-3) is the top seed in his district bracket, as is teammate Alex Rich, a three-time state champion competing at 138.
Rich (43-0) got one of his biggest tests of the season in the quarterfinals at last weekend’s Cottage Grove Invitational.
Rich got put on his back by South Eugene’s Aidan Braun and trailed 5-0 before coming back to earn a 19-9 major decision.
“That was really good for him to have to go through,” coach Lamer said. “It was impressive to see him come back.”
The second seed in the 138 bracket is Dallas’ Tanner Earhart. Rich defeated Earhart, also ranked second in the state, 12-0 in a Jan. 21 dual meet.
The top four placers in each weight class qualify for the state meet, to be held Feb. 27-28 at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
Raiders senior Garrett Worsch (17-10) is dropping down from 170, where he competed most of the season, to 152, where he’s the third seed.
Coach Lamer said Worsch weighed under the 170 limit while competing in that weight class, where he was filling a hole in the lineup, and got overpowered a lot.
“It really probably is the perfect weight for him,” coach Lamer said of 152.
The coach believes other Raiders who could make some noise are Bryan Cates (126), Matthew Pawlowski (160), Parker Deford (170), Seniu Maitland (220).
Corvallis senior Andrew Iademarco (21-3) is seeded first at 285 a year after placing fourth at that weight.
Spartans coach Ron Sather says people in the conference and around the state have taken notice to Iademarco’s increased aggressiveness on his feet and his ability to take opponents down.
“He seems to wrestle with pretty good confidence. He doesn’t get shaken by whoever he’s wrestling,” Sather said.
Iademarco, ranked second in the state, has come out of his coach calls “heavyweight shell.” In other words, not making moves and waiting for your opponent to make a mistake
“You can stop kids from doing that by being aggressive and not putting yourself at risk by doing it properly,” Sather said.
CHS junior Daniel Neuffer (15-12) is seeded second at 182.
Sather calls Neuffer a “good surprise” and a hard worker whose efforts are starting to pay off.
Spartan seniors Ryan Hewes (seeded fourth at 195) and Carl Johnson (fifth at 138) didn’t win many matches as freshmen.
“But just by hard work and determination they’ve gotten themselves in the mix,” Sather said. “Both of them are wrestling with confidence, and that helps.”
Others who could make some noise at the district meet, Sather said, are Christian Avalos (106), Bayarmagnai Oktar (113), Serrano Patrick (120) and Nicolai Gallegos (152).