CATHLAMET, Wash. — Fifteen schools took part in the annual Downriver Challenge wrestling meet Saturday in Cathlamet.
Adna won the team title with 200.5 points, followed by Columbia White Salmon and Mark Morris, while Warrenton was the top Oregon school with 136 points.
Neah-Kah-Nie, Knappa and Clatskanie also took part in the event, hosted by Wahkiakum High School.
The Warriors had two individual champions, as junior Kaden Gilbert pinned all of his opponents to win the title at 195 pounds, and senior teammate Beau Reynolds did the same for the championship at 285.
“Almost every scorer put points on the board for us, and we got a bunch of bonus points for pins,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant. “We were happy with fourth place as a team, but it shows how far we have come, because some of our leaders were disappointed we didn’t finish higher.
“Coach (Trent) Klebe and I were thrilled with how our team scrapped for points and performed in close matches. We are learning how to wrestle.”
Gilbert is “wrestling really light at 195, and is almost set to go down to 182,” Conant said. “Even still, he keeps looking better each week.”
Reynolds “is only in his second year of competition, but he put in a ton of work in the offseason and it is really paying off for him this year. His leadership helps form the heart of our team.”
Elsewhere, senior Morgan Buoy wrestled up a weight class and still took third at 182; and first-year wrestler Nic Pior wrestled up a weight at 145, and was 4-1 to place fifth.
“Nic is really tough and we knew he could earn us a couple points at 145, but we had no idea he would win four huge matches for us,” Conant said.
For Knappa, freshman Isaac Goozee had the highest finish for the Loggers, second at 195.
“It was a tough tournament for our team and some of our wrestlers were wrestling up a weight,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “Wrestling in some of these bigger and tougher tournaments should help our wrestlers prepare for our league teams.”
Knappa’s Jade Somoza was fourth at 113, and David Patterson took fourth at 285.
Knappa takes part in the Clatskanie Invitational Dec.30.
Lady Warriors third
HILLSBORO — In girls’ wrestling Saturday, Warrenton wrestlers took part in the Liberty Invitational in Hillsboro.
The Lady Warriors placed third out of 20 teams, finishing behind wrestling powerhouses Hood River Valley and Century. Warrenton had two champions, one second-place, three thirds and one fifth.
“The girls competed against teams from 5A and 6A schools and showed that Warrenton is also a place to be for girls wrestling,” Conant said.
The Warriors were the only non-5A/6A school in the top 10.
For Warrenton, senior and second-year wrestler Alma Bolaños went 3-0 to take first place in the 124-129 weight bracket.
In her final match, Bolaños pinned her opponent in the last seconds of the third round.
“Her toughness and unwavering commitment to never giving up is the core leadership of our girls team, and she has shown this both on and off the mat,” said Warrenton girls’ coach Mallory Rettig.
Elsewhere, junior Ruby Dyer went 1-0 to take first in the 263-274 weight bracket; and sophomore Noel O’Bryan was 2-1 for second in the 158-177 bracket.
Also scoring points: sophomore Isabella Carr (3-1) took third at 133-143; sophomore Libby Rehnert (3-1) was third at 166-181; sophomore Jade Freniere (1-1) placed third at 200-219; and sophomore Anna Schenbeck (2-2) was fifth at 130-136.
“Our girls went to a large tournament and made a statement,” Rettig said. “We are showing the area that Warrenton girls wrestling, even though we are only a second-year program, is a place to be for girls wrestling. Although we are a small school, we typically have one of the largest girls’ teams wherever we travel to.”