Lakeview High School wrestlers faced their first opponents of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at home.
The Lakeview team then traveled on Friday, Dec. 6 to Burns High School for Burns’s tournament.
Mazama won a 36-36 tie with Lakeview by the so-called 8th tiebreaker criteria, which states that the team having the greater number of first points scored shall be declared the winner.
According to Lakeview wrestling coach Trevor Arsenault, Mazama won by one point.
“The team really got after it and wrestled with a lot of heart,” said Arsenault. “I was really pleased with the way they wrestled against both Mazama and the combination team of North Lake and Chiloquin.”
In their second event of the week, the Lakeview team faced Burns’s team for their first match of the Burns Dual Tournament. Lakeview lost 42-36.
In the second dual, Lakeview faced Baker High School. “It was close but ended in a loss for us 42-40,” said Arsenault.
Lakeview lost their next two duals against Crane and Vale teams, 42-24 against Crane and 57-18 against Vale.
“All four teams we were up against were tough teams,” said Lakeview’s coach. “Our guys wrestled well but our lack of experience showed. We’re a pretty young team and right now it’s all about getting the kids mat time so they can be exposed to situations on the mat.”
Arsenault noted he was pleased with how they wrestled in the Burns tournament.
“The kids showed some great heart out on the mat and really began to mesh as a team,” he said.
Lakeview’s wrestlers face their next challenge on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, in Alturas at the Modoc Northeast Classic Wrestling Tournament.
Friday will be another dual tournament, with Saturday bringing Lakeview’s first individual tournament of the year.