TILLAMOOK — The host team was the best team over the weekend in the Cowapa League wrestling championships at Tillamook.
The host Cheesemakers ran away with the team title, racking up 477 points. Scappoose was a distant second with 259.5 points, followed by Banks (223), Seaside (73) and Astoria (34).
Despite their last-place team finish, Fishermen senior Trey Hageman earned big points for Astoria, placing second at 160 pounds.
Hageman opened with pins over Seaside freshman Jeremiah Stanley (18 seconds) and Tillamook sophomore Alex Werner (1:45).
In the championship match, Tillamook junior Caleb Werner pinned Hageman in 3:39.
Astoria’s Juan Jimenez took fourth place out of four wrestlers at 106, and Dalton Somers placed fifth at 132, pinning Carsen Andersen of Scappoose in a consolation final.
Sophomore Luke Nelson had the highest finish for Seaside.
After a first-round bye, Nelson won a 12-11 decision over Tillamook’s Dawson McKibbin in a semifinal match, before losing by technical fall (18-1) to top seed Brendan Dreyer of Banks in the title match.
At 113, Seaside’s Andrew Gastelum lost an 8-7 decision to Tillamook freshman David Herrera in the championship semifinals, then bounced back with a 6-2 win over Tillamook sophomore Daniel Garcia in the third-place match.
Junior Christopher Avery added a third-place finish for the Gulls at 170, where Avery won two consolation matches including a 15-5 major decision over Tillamook’s Stephen Lilly in the third-place match.
Seaside senior Donald LaTourette took fourth out of seven wrestlers at 126, winning two matches by fall before a loss in the third-place final.
Astoria and Seaside wrestlers will be back in action and looking to qualify for the state meet, in the 4A Special District 1 Regional meet, Friday and Saturday at Molalla.