Kathy Morgan/For The Daily Astorian
If the Warrenton wrestling program has hopes for a big season (which they do), the Warriors are on the right path.
A big turnout includes seven returning district placers and a solid freshman class on the boys’ side, with a list of 11 wrestlers for the girls.
“We’re looking to finish in the top half of our league,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant, “and to get as much of our lineup through to the state tournament as possible.
“We have spent the last few years learning a lot, and this is the first year that we can set our sights on the state tournament as a realistic goal for a large part of our team.”
The Warriors are pinning big hopes on five seniors: Beau Reynolds (third at districts, state qualifier); fourth-place district placers Tim Warren and Caden Hans; and fifth-place finishers Morgan Buoy and Brandon Williamson.
Juniors Giovanni Martinez, Nolan Mathews and Kaden Gilbert (a transfer from Astoria) will also provide leadership and experience to the lineup, Conant said.
“Gilbert wrestled in our middle school program and uses an unorthodox style of wrestling that’s entertaining to watch,” he said. “He had a lot of success at the 4A level, and we will look to continue it in our program.”
Gilbert was Astoria’s only state qualifier last season, placing second at 182 pounds in the District 1/4A tournament.
Sophomore Armin Rodriguez (fourth at districts) narrowly missed going to state and also returns, looking to improve on last year’s finish.
Meanwhile, Oregon high school girls wrestling is transitioning to a sanctioned OSAA sport.
“It’s an exciting time for the sport, and our female wrestlers are the vanguard of a new wave or wrestlers,” Conant said. “Our girls’ team is bigger than ever and will return several standouts, looking to leave their mark at state.”
The list includes senior Alma Bolanos, junior Noel O’Bryan and sophomores Isabella Carr, Jade Freniere and Dominique Verley, all returning and looking to build on the success of last year’s team that traveled to state.
“We have several home meets lined up this year, and we hope to put on a show for our crowd,” Conant said.
103: Lucas Thompson
126: Armin Rodriguez, Austin Culp
132: Nolan Mathews, Ryder Sharp
138: Brandon Williamson, Nicolas Pior,
145: Michael Verley
152: Giovanni Martinez, Isaiah Vollmer
160: Thomas Atwood, Richard Snider, Gabe Lagana
170: Tim Warren, Caden Hans, Justin Stephens
182: Morgan Buoy, Caleb Sprengeler, Leo Thompson
195: Donald McBride
220: Tristan Scott, Samuel Irwin
275: Beau Reynolds, Patrick McCargish