PORTLAND — Crescent Valley High senior Brawley Lamer had often dreamed of winning a state title alongside his brother.
A year after coming up just short, the image became a reality during Saturday’s OSAA 5A state wrestling championships.
Legend Lamer, Brawley’s younger brother, captured the 120-pound title for his second straight gold medal. The elder Lamer then secured his first with a 4-1 decision over Hillsboro’s Peyton Bell in the 132 finals at Memorial Coliseum.
“This is more incredible than I could ever have imagined,” said Brawley, who was the runner-up at 126 last year. “I’ve fallen short a couple times, but that just made me stronger to come back and win it.”
Top-seeded Legend, a sophomore, won by technical fall (20-3) in 5 minutes, 8 seconds over Redmond’s Jacob Curry, the No. 2 seed.
Along with coach and father Chad Lamer, the brothers were each other’s top supporter during the tournament.
“I was so happy for him to pull off the win,” Legend said. “Last year, it wasn’t nearly as fun winning without him. So this year definitely made the win a lot sweeter.”
Legend nearly had Curry pinned in the second and third rounds but had to settle for the technical fall.
“I definitely wanted (the pin) and thought I had it, but a tech fall is a tech fall,” Legend said. “I knew he was strong. I just wanted to wrestle my own style, and I was pretty confident.”
Brawley, also seeded first, took down Bell in the closing seconds of the opening round for a 2-0 lead.
The seventh-seeded Bell, who was wearing a wrap on his left shoulder, laid on the ground for about a minute after the round. He was able to continue, but a third-round reversal put the match away.
“It was definitely huge,” Brawley said of grabbing the early lead. “It definitely got him thinking, got him scared. It was really big because I knew he was kind of hurting and I was making sure I kept that pressure going.”
Watching his brother win another state title gave Brawley a boost entering the finals.
Legend is now halfway to matching former CV and current Oregon State wrestler Alex Rich’s mark of four championships.
“I’m so happy for him,” Brawley said of Legend. “He’s a freaking stud and he’s really good. He’s got a big future coming some day.”
Added Legend: “High school wrestling has been a blast so far. Two state titles makes me excited thinking about what’s ahead. I’ve got to get three next year and then we’ll see from there.”
Lebanon senior Tanner Sallee capped his career with a championship, earning a 14-4 major decision in the 182 finals over Mid-Willamette Conference rival Clay Coxen of Dallas.
Sallee, a four-time state competitor, was the 160 runner-up a season ago.
“I wrestled up to my potential, just how I wanted to wrestle,” Sallee said. “It’s what everyone expected of me going in and it’s what I expected out of myself, and I came out victorious.”
The top-seeded Sallee dominated from the start, building a quick 7-1 lead on two takedowns and a near fall.
Coxen, seeded sixth, never got back into the match.
“Going in, I had all the confidence in myself,” Sallee said. “I had Colton, my brother, warm up with me. He just talked me through it and kept me pumped up. I knew I needed to get the takedown right off the bat and get the momentum.”
Two weeks ago, Sallee defeated Coxen 10-5 in the finals at the MWC championships. He also beat the Dallas senior 7-1 during a regular-season dual.
“Win or lose, if you’ve wrestled a kid you know his best shot, his stances,” Sallee said. “I knew he was leading that left foot forward the whole time and I like under hooking down to that leg, and it worked out for me a couple times.”
Lebanon sophomore Joseph Blisseck placed fourth at 160. Teammates Cameron Alley (138) and Clyde Rood (145) finished fifth while fellow Warrior Jake Cripe placed sixth at 220.
The Warriors were eighth in the team points race at 95. CV was 14th (55) while South Albany tied for 23rd (nine).
Crater won the team title with 175.5 points. Dallas was second at 147.5.
West Albany junior Mitchell Sorte shook off a loss in the semifinals and came back to place third at 160.
Sorte, the bracket’s No. 3 seed, opened his day with a 6-3 defeat against second-seeded Taran Floyd of West Linn. The Greater Valley Conference champion defeated Grants Pass’ Jacob Russell 14-7 in consolation and pinned Oregon City’s Joshua Tuthill, the No. 4 seed, in the third-place match.
Teammate Sawyer Myres, also a junior, finished sixth at 138.
The Bulldogs were 16th in the team points race at 50.