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    Lamer Brothers Look to Cement Family Legacy

    Legend Lamer (left) at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    There have been some legendary sibling combos in NCAA history. The first ones that come to mind are the Brands, Smiths, and Schultz's. However, a new brother combo may become the next best sibling combo in NCAA history.

    The Lamer brothers from Corvallis, Oregon have built their roots within the NCAA wrestling scene. Brawley, the cautious and academic brother, led the charge by joining Cal Poly.

    Next, Legend, the carefree and lighthearted brother, joined Brawley's footsteps and joined the Mustangs. Chance, debatably the best wrestler of the four, joined the Michigan Wolverines. Lastly, Daschle, the social butterfly and youngest, recently committed to Cal Poly too.

    Their roots began when Brawley landed in San Luis Obispo in 2017.

    "I wasn't getting recruited by a lot of schools and my dad knew one of the old coaches, Michael Hatcher," Brawley said, "My dad called him up and sent him some videos of me wrestling and I was good enough to go there. I took a recruiting trip down there and it was absolutely gorgeous. I'm really big into academics and Cal Poly was a perfect match for me."

    Legend joined Brawley in 2019 and began to build upon the legacy, finishing 12-5 as a redshirt. Next season, he took the wrestling world by storm, sneaking into the NCAA Championships as the ninth seed as a redshirt freshman.

    On August 26th, Daschle committed to Cal Poly, meaning three of the four brothers will compete alongside each other for the first time ever.

    High school senior Daschle Lamer (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    "It's really special," Daschle said. "I had the chance to wrestle with my other brother Chance in high school, but never had the opportunity to wrestle alongside Legend and Brawley. I'm really excited about it."

    Brawley said, "It's really exciting. Daschle is a lot younger than me so I finally get to be on a team with him. I was really pumped when I heard he committed here."

    Since committing to Cal Poly, the brothers have realized their bond will continue to grow over time.

    "Personality-wise, we are very different from each other," Brawley said. "But, our bond is super close, even Chance. Whenever we are all together, we are best friends and hang out and do everything together."

    Legend said, "We all got a lot closer after we got to college. When we hang out, it's a lot more special now."

    The Lamer bond has allowed each one to flourish on the mat too. Each one has used the other as motivation to become the best wrestler in their weight class.

    "Building off each other's success is huge," Legend said. "We are competitive guys and when we see one guy working hard, we want to match it. It's been huge for us to have each other to build off of."

    Daschle said, "I look up to my brothers. They are my idols and when I see them working hard and having the mindset of being an NCAA champ, that's what I want too."

    Chance Lamer at the 2020 Junior Trials (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Although Chance may not be alongside the other three, Brawley, Legend, and Daschle support him and vice versa.

    "We joke around with Chance a lot but there is no competitiveness," Legend said. "We root for him and he roots for us. Michigan comes to Cal Poly this year so that will be really cool to watch him compete and he watch us compete."

    Although none of the brothers have brought home silverware in college yet, they believe their impact has already been noteworthy.

    "Four brothers going division one is pretty incredible," Brawley said. "That seems like a pretty cool thing to accomplish. Hopefully, we can go down as one of the best wrestling families by the time we are done."

    Brawley Lamer (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

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