The Astoria and Seaside wrestling teams just aren't made for dual meets.
That was painfully clear Tuesday night, as the Fishermen and Gulls met on the mat - briefly - for a regular season-ending Cowapa League dual match at the Brick House.
Wrestling in front of a very sparse crowd - or what Yogi Berra would have called "a room full of empty people" - Astoria and Seaside finished their match in less than 10 minutes. The Gulls ultimately won, 42-36.
Ten of the 14 matches were forfeits, including a double forfeit at 145 pounds. There were four matches on the mat, three of which ended in first-round pins.
Unfortunately, the match typified wrestling in the Cowapa League, which is on the downswing for the most part.
"It's low all the way through the league," said Seaside coach Brian Sigler, who joked that Tuesday's match had to be "one of the shortest on record."
He added, "Scappoose has 45 or 50, but Rainier and Banks are both down in numbers ... I don't know. We had a real battle in trying to recruit kids this year.
"We have five or six seniors, so we'll be looking at recruiting even heavier next year and hoping we can fill some holes."
It was Senior Night for the Fishermen, who were hosting their last dual of the season before Districts begin Friday at Scappoose.
But the Fishermen are a little on the young side this season, and the only senior honored was scorekeeper Ashley Bowers.
"We have a lot of juniors, and all those guys will be back," said Astoria coach Cam McFarland. "Every team (in the Cowapa League) is down. In the past, most of the teams had full junior varsity and varsity lineups, and now everybody's down a little. There's still some high-caliber wrestlers who can go out and place at state."
As for the actual wrestling Tuesday, Seaside's Eric Bodell started the night with a second-round pin over Astoria's Tad Falk at 119 pounds.
The Gulls' Kyle Oathes needed just 59 seconds to pin Astoria's Cole Banta at 152; Seaside's Will Beatty went 1:35 before pinning Brook Smith at 171; and Ben Mattingly gave Astoria its only win on the mat with a 44-second pin over Carson McEwan.
In a pair of exhibition matches, Seaside's Justin Near pinned Bryce Cribbins in the third round of a match at 119 pounds, and teammate Justin Rogers pinned Astoria's exchange student Luigi Bullo at 135.