WESTPORT, Wash. — The Knappa wrestling team had one individual champion and placed fifth in the team standings Saturday at the Ocosta Invitational.
Rainier (Wash.) won the team title with 148 points, followed by Darrington, Willapa Harbor, Tenino and Knappa. The Loggers were the only Oregon school competing in the 11-team invitational.
Knappa’s Shadia Somoza easily pinned all of her opponents to take first in the girls’ 125-pound weight division.
On the boys’ side, Luke Goozee was 1-1 for second at 138, and teammate Kaleb Roe was also 1-1 to place second at 195. Roe was wrestling up one weight class and scored a win over the No. 2-seeded wrestler.
Robert Piña-Morton (126) and Isaac Goozee (220) both won three matches and lost one to place third in their respective weight classes. Goozee scored pins in all three of his victories.
“Luke Goozee had an exciting match,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “His first round match with a wrestler from Ocosta, and (Goozee) finally defeated him late in the third round, 9-8.” And Piña-Morton “wrestled tough, losing only one match to the eventual first placer.”
Knappa’s Jacob Morey was the only freshman on the team to place (fourth at 120).
Owings said, “The team did remarkably well, considering there were seven freshmen on the team, counting girls and boys.”
Team results: Rainier 148, Darrington 126, Willapa Harbor 84, Tenino 83, Knappa 78, Ocosta 61, North Beach 53.5, Life Christian 45, Wahkiakum 29, Adna 28, Napavine 21.