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Wrestling: Huge numbers for Warrenton

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 27, 2018 8:56AM

Thomas Atwood, top, is one of several Warrenton wrestlers looking to score points at the state level.

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Thomas Atwood, top, is one of several Warrenton wrestlers looking to score points at the state level.

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The Warrenton wrestling team made its statement on the mats last season — now the Warriors are ready to take some big steps.

Big numbers usually equal big success in the big meets when it comes to wrestling, and with their current turnout, the Warriors are ready to stack their team up against any and all comers at the 3A level.

“We are super excited to have nearly 50 wrestlers come out. Almost 30 boys and 20 girls,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant, whose team placed fourth out of nine teams in District 1 last year. “This is the biggest squad we have had in recent memory. This group takes care of business and has come into the season hungry to learn. We can’t wait to get started with competition.”

The Warrenton boys had three state qualifiers last season, highlighted by a third-place finish at state for Kaden Gilbert at 182 pounds.

Freshman Sam Irwin and senior Beau Reynolds were the other qualifiers, with Irwin back as a sophomore.

Meanwhile, District 1 is down to seven teams, which includes defending state champion Willamina, along with Rainier and Dayton. The Columbians took second behind the Bulldogs in last year’s district meet, and Dayton finished one point ahead of fourth-place Warrenton.

Individually, the Warriors have a good mix of youth and experience.

Conant said, “Our boys will look for leadership from Armin Rodriguez (Jr., fourth at districts last year at 120 pounds), Nic Pior (So., 138), Giovanni Martinez (Sr., 145), Thomas Atwood (Jr., 152) Sam Irwin (So., 195) and Patrick McCargish (Sr., heavyweight).”

He adds, “We will host the District 1 tournament this year, and we are excited to put on a good show for our fans. Our goal as a team is to crack the top three in the team scores.”

The Warrenton girls took part in the girls wrestling state championships at last year, and placed 10th out of 91 teams (all classes competed at the same level).

Jade Freniere was Warrenton’s first female placer at state, taking fourth at 220 pounds. Freniere is back for her junior season.

The Lady Warriors “have accumulated a good deal of experience across our roster,” Conant said. “Returning point scorers from last year’s state qualifier are Sahanna Rodriguez (Sr., 100-pound weight class last season), Madison Kadera (Sr., 110), Anna Schenbeck (Sr., 125), Isabella Carr (Jr., 135), Brianna Quaschnick (Jr., 152), Noel O’Bryan (Sr., 160), Dom Verley (Jr., 180) and Libby Renhert (Sr., 180).”


THE WARRIORS


(Preseason roster)

Marlie Annat, So.

Austin Atwood, Fr.

Thomas Atwood, Jr.

Tyler Barefoot, So.

Janessa Bork, So.

Robert Burk, Sr.

Ethan Caldwell, Fr.

Shyler Cardinaletti, Sr.

Isabella Carr, Jr.

Nathan Cowan, Fr.

Cinderalla Cox, Jr.

Kitchell Cox, Sr.

Ruby Dyer, Sr.

Jade Freniere, Jr.

Ella Gibbs, So.

Divine Godwin, So.

Parker Greenawald, Fr.

Sam Irwin, So.

Madison Kadera, Sr.

Alejandra Lopez, Fr.

Giovanni Martinez, Sr.

Jordan Martinez, So.

Patrick McCargish, Sr.

Evan Mossman, Jr.

Josh Niehuser, Fr.

Noel O’Bryan, Sr.

Nicolas Pior, So.

Tim Pior, Fr.

Brianna Quaschnick, Jr.

Elizabeth Rehnert, Sr.

Armin Rodriguez, Jr.

Sahanna Rodriguez, Sr.

Anna Schenbeck, Sr.

Triston Scott, So.

Ryder Sharpe, Jr.

Trevor Snider-Clark, So.

Caleb Sperengler, So.

Nathan Streibeck-Peterson, So.

Alex Tapia, Fr.

Leonard Thompson, Jr.

Dominique Verley, Jr.

Michael Verley, Sr.

Kalib Vincent, Fr.

Isaiah Vollmer, So.

Kade Weinmann, So.

Julien Whitsett, So.

Kassandra Young, Sr.



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