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Gastelum, Nelson, headline for Gulls on the mat

Seaside wrestlers show their strength
By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 5, 2017 1:39PM

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Donald LaTourette, top, is back for another season of wrestling for the Gulls.

Kathy Morgan/For the Seaside Signal Donald LaTourette, top, is back for another season of wrestling for the Gulls.

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The Seaside wrestling team is getting ready for a “heavy” season in 2017-18. The Gulls will definitely be busy when wrestlers in the upper weights take to the mat.

Of the 14 athletes on the Seaside pre-season roster, 11 compete at 152 pounds or higher, with six wrestlers at 182 or above.


THE COWAPA


Whether it’s the 4A Cowapa League or the Special District 1/4A league, the competition is first rate, as the Gulls can attest.

Results of last year’s one-day Cowapa League meet showed Tillamook with 451 first place points, followed by Scappoose (281), Banks (267.5), Astoria (87.5) and Seaside (57).

In the Special District 1 meet the following week, Crook County racked up 429.5 points to take the title, ahead of Tillamook (363), Banks (229), Scappoose (179.5), Molalla (148), Estacada (139), Gladstone (111.5), Madras (66), Astoria (44), Corbett (42) and Seaside (19).

There is good news for the Gulls and head coach Danny Taylor — Andrew Gastelum and Luke Nelson had third-place finishes for Seaside in the Cowapa League meet; and the same two had the highest finishes for the Gulls in the district meet, as Gastelum was sixth at 113 pounds, and Nelson was eighth at 220.

Both wrestlers return for the 2017-18 season. Gastelum will compete at 120 pounds, with Nelson back at 220.


THE WRESTLERS


113: Ethan Phillips

120: Andrew Gastelum

132: Donald LaTourette

152: Alex Barnett

160: Alfonso Alcantar

160: Jeremiah Stanley

170: Gavin Meyer

170: Christopher Avery

182: David Toyooka

182: Mark Phipps

220: Brennan Loveridge

220: Tyler Tackitt

220: Luke Nelson

285: Will Kautz



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