CLATSKANIE — Local wrestling teams, including Warrenton and Knappa, tuned up for this week’s Pac Rim Invitational by competing in the Clatskanie Winter Classic, where nine schools met Saturday for a full day of wrestling.
Rainier won the team title with 221.5 points, followed by St. Helens, Vernonia, Ilwaco and Warrenton.
“We were missing a few wrestlers, but we were super proud of the way other wrestlers picked up the slack,” said Warriors’ coach Corey Conant.
At 145 pounds, Warrenton’s Giovanni Martinez was 5-0 to win his bracket.
“Gio was on the receiving end of a tournament error, and he had to wrestle an extra match,” Conant said. “He didn’t let it slow him down and wrestled the max number of matches allowed in a day. This was a great win for him.”
Elsewhere, first-year wrestler Sam Irwin stepped into the 220-pound spot and delivered for the Warriors, battling his way into the finals, then pinning his opponent to take first place.
Warrenton’s Beau Reynolds also made the finals at heavyweight, and finished second.
Knappa finished last in the team standings, but the Loggers had one wrestler take first, as Luke Goozee was 3-0 at 132 pounds.
“Luke Goozee wrestled really good,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “Kaleb Roe is greatly improving, but hurt his arm in the last match. Jade Somoza (tied for third at 113 pounds) had an exciting match with the senior girl from Vernonia who eventually got first. She was ahead by two points until the last few seconds of the last round.”
The tournament was tough, Owings said, “especially with most of the schools being larger schools. Vernonia and Knappa were the only two schools from the 2A division.”
Team results: Rainier 221.5, St. Helens 198.5, Vernonia 194, Ilwaco 186, Warrenton 149, Clatskanie 142, Jefferson 138, Scappoose 117.5, Knappa 81.
The Pac Rim Invitational takes place Friday and Saturday at Seaside High School.