Local wrestlers won big Saturday in the annual Warrenton Invitational at Warrenton High School.
Ilwaco won the team title with 206 points, followed by Rainier (170) and Warrenton (154), while Knappa, Astoria and Seaside placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 10-team field.
“The kids wrestled hard for the home crowd,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant. “It was an awesome atmosphere for our team to compete in.”
The Warriors had one individual champion, as junior Kaden Gilbert won the title at 195 pounds, one year after losing in the finals as a member of the Astoria wrestling team.
This time around, Gilbert pinned his opponent in the championship bout.
The only other Warrior to reach the finals was senior Brandon Williamson, who placed second at 138.
Warrenton had multiple athletes place third: Freshman Lucas Thompson (106); freshman Nic Pior (138); junior Giovanni Martinez at 152 (following a 1-0 loss in the semifinals); senior Caden Hans (170); senior Morgan Buoy (182); and senior Beau Reynolds was 4-1 for third at heavyweight.
Warrenton also had a trio of wrestlers add points with fifth-place finishes: sophomore Armin Rodriguez (132), senior Justin Stephens (170), and sophomore Leo Thompson (195).
The Warriors also won on the girls’ side, where senior Alma Hinojosa and junior Ana Schenbeck each went 2-0, to meet in the final at 132, where Hinojosa capped her tournament with a victory.
Elsewhere, Warrenton sophomore Isabella Carr finished first in her group at 145; sophomore Jade Freniere placed first in the 200-pound group; and junior Ruby Dyer finished second in the heavyweight class.
“It had been a while since we had finished in the trophy race,” Conant said, “and it felt good to see the team hold that trophy in their home gym for their fans and families.”
The Knappa Loggers had their own share of success with two individual champions from the same family.
Andrew Goozee won a title in last year’s meet, and this year it was Luke Goozee at 132 pounds and Isaac Goozee at 182. Both were 3-0 on the day, and pinned all of their opponents.
Logger Jade Somoza was 2-1 for second in the girls’ 113-pound group; and Robert Pina placed third at 120. Shadia Somoza added a fourth place in the girls’ 132-pound group.
“The team did real well again, considering we only had six scoring wrestlers in the team score,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “The Goozees had an excellent tournament. Isaac being only a freshman and wrestling some older wrestlers did extremely well.”
Elsewhere, “Sunny Bay (fifth at 138) had some exciting matches and did well for being the first year on the team,” he said. “Robert Pina only lost to the eventual champion. Kaleb (Roe) is starting to put it together and won half of his matches (at 170).”
For Astoria, Juan Jimenez (106) and Trey Hageman (160) won individual titles, while Hageman was named Most Inspirational in the upper weights bracket.
“Trey wrestled well, and dominated his field,” said Astoria coach Roy Sanchez. “Juan won his first tournament and beat a state qualifier from last year in the finals. Dalton Somers won the first medal of his career, and has grown so much that he won as many matches this tournament as all of last year. Jeff (Stutznegger) had a stacked bracket at heavyweight, but won half his matches. He should be strong when he goes down to 220.
“Our team is small but what we have is very solid.”