Wrestlers of Lakeview High School deserved the top honors they received this last weekend.
Marking the end of the schools winter sports, with the girls basketball failing to make playoffs as well as the boys falling in the first round of the post season tournament, many from the Honkers wrestling team led by Head Coach Greg Kelley made their way up to Portland on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Seven wrestlers had earned their places in the state championship. Daniel Martinez, Dylan Amerson, Tony Frank, Mack Crandall, Connor Lysne, Nathan Harlan and Eddie Murrieta were all positioned to find places in the tournament.
Performing valiantly, the Honkers earned their way into having three placers off of the mats.
Mack Crandall finished the tournament with a record of 2-3. He placed fifth for the Lakeview team.
Dylan Amersen lost only once in the semi finals to a top seeded opponent. He came back to win twice and ended up placing third with his record of 3-1.
Finally, the perennial juggernaut of Tony Frank proved the strength that he had shown all year long and ended up winning his first state championship.
Entering the competition as the second seed, Frank was able to best the third seeded Garret Dees from Rainier, 12-5. Then, he moved on to topple Cody Manzi, who was the top seeded wrestler from Santiam and take the title.
Ending it 3-0, it was truly the culmination of a big year for him.