Among the thousands of wrestlers taking the mat at Veterans Memorial Coliseum this weekend for the OSAA wrestling state championships, there are few that have the opportunity to achieve something for their school that has never been done before.
Tim Harman is one of those select few.
The West Linn senior took home the 6A 145 pound state championship last year. He’s back this year as a two seed in the 152 pound weight class, looking to bring a second state championship back to West Linn.
“No one in my school has ever done it,” Harman said of winning two state championships. “It would mean everything to me.”
Harman is bringing back lessons from last year’s championship run to this year’s state tournament.
“Anything is possible,” Harman said. “You can win when you’re not supposed to, you can lose when you’re supposed to win.”
So far Harman has won when he’s supposed to. He avoided an upset in his pigtail match with a win by fall in 2:32 against West Salem’s Hunter Lucas. Harman went on to defeat Aloha’s Luis Torres by fall in 5:31 in the first round to move on to the state quarterfinals.
Harman’s “anything is possible” attitude has prevented him from having a letdown the last two seasons. He went undefeated last year and has just one loss this season.
He may be an underdog when it comes to the state championship though. The No. 1 seed in the 152 pound bracket is Roseburg sophomore Layne Van Anrooy. Van Anrooy handed Harman his only loss in the Reser’s Tournament of Champions in January.
“Wrestling Layne will be pretty tough,” Harman said. “I’m excited to possibly get a chance against him again.”
Van Anrooy won via pin in the January matchup. Harman believes he’s made the proper adjustments to flip the outcome of a possible rematch.
“Finish better,” Harman said. “He’s got a real good defense. I can’t let up at any point. I need to go a full six or more minutes.”
Harman still has work to do to get to the state championship. He will face McKay’s Matthew Jarding Friday night in the state quarterfinals.
If Harman gets to the state championship his anything is possible belief will be put to a new test. Believing he can beat the top 152 pound wrestler this season and become West Linn’s first wrestler to win two state championships.