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By René Ferrán

The exclusive group of four-time state wrestling champions enshrined one more member last weekend when Crescent Valley senior Chance Lamer pinned Central sophomore Ethan Dunigan in 1 minute, 39 seconds, in the 145-pound final at Saturday’s Oregon Wrestling Association Class 5A State Championships in Cottage Grove. 

“Honestly, right when it happened, I didn’t expect to get as excited as I did,” said Lamer, who finished his career with a 139-6 record, winning titles at 106, 113, 126 and 145.

“It’s definitely a hard thing to do. Even if you are the top wrestler every year, a little luck still plays into it, that you’re not injured heading into any of the state tournaments. It’s pretty awesome.”

Lamer joined older brother Legend (now wrestling at Cal Poly) as one of 81 four-time champions in state history.

“And hopefully, my little brother (Daschle) does it, too,” Chance said. “It’d be awesome to have three Lamers become four-timers.”

Chance, a two-time national champion, has signed with Michigan. He plans not to compete this summer while he trains for his first college tournament.

“I just want to have fun this summer and not worry about any tournaments,” he said.