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Wrestling: New-look team at Knappa

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 29, 2017 11:18AM

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The Knappa Loggers are pinning big hopes on Luke Goozee, top, this season.

Daily Astorian The Knappa Loggers are pinning big hopes on Luke Goozee, top, this season.

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Filling all the weight classes may be difficult, but the Knappa wrestling team has some individuals who could score some quality points this year, as the Loggers enter a new season.

And with a new season comes a new look, says longtime coach Dan Owings.

“We have a lot new wrestlers on the team this year, but we should hold our own against our league opponents,” Owings said. “We have a new team in our district,” as Kennedy as joined the conference. “Seems like every team has two or three good wrestlers.”

The Loggers still have wrestlers with state experience, and of course the never-ending line of Goozees will continue, with one (Andrew) moving on, another (Luke) returning, and a third (Isaac) coming in.

Luke Goozee will compete at either 132 or 138 pounds, while Isaac, a freshman, will start his prep career at either 182 or 195.

Another returner for the Loggers is David Patterson, one of just two seniors on the preseason roster. Patterson will wrestle at 285, in his quest for a return to state.


THE WRESTLERS


(With projected weights, and the expectations from Owings):

Jade Somoza, Fr. (106/113) “Scrapper, looking for good things from her this season.”

Robert Pina, So. (113/120) “Injured last year, but back looking strong this year.”

Micah Sapp, So. (126/132) “Second year of wrestling; learning.”

Damien Ford, Fr. (126/132) “Learning, should do OK.”

Luke Goozee, Jr. (132/138) “One of my core wrestlers; should be state material this season.”

Shadia Somoza, Fr. (132/138) “Twin sister of Jade; in a tough weight for competing with boys, but will do OK otherwise.”

Sunny Bay, Jr. (138/145) “First year wrestling; strong, quick.”

Spencer Fulton, Sr. (145/152) “One of my core wrestlers, but is scheduled for surgery on knee in mid-December.”

Taya Holiday, Jr. (145/152) “New to team, willing to learn.”

Kaleb Roe, So. (170/182) “Second year on team; came on strong late last year. Works hard.”

Isaac Goozee, Fr. (182/195) “Luke’s little brother; is strong and I look for great things from him.”

Cristian Rodriguez, So. (220/285) “New on team; learning.”

David Patterson, Sr. (285) “Core wrestler; fired up this year. Should be state material, but in a tough weight.”



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