Banks 67, Astoria 9Astoria avoided the shutout, but that's about all they avoided Thursday night in a Cowapa League wrestling duel with traditional powerhouse Banks.

The Braves, the fifth-ranked dual meet team in the state at the Class 3A level (from the Bettis rankings), pounded the Fish 67-9.

Banks won 10 of the 14 matches by pin, including six of the first eight bouts.

The Braves had five first-round pins, including a 39-second victory by Jason Vanderzanden over Astoria's Alex Wilson at 152.

Banks' senior Cole Linehan, headed for the University of Oregon on a football scholarship, pinned Fishermen Ben Mattingly in 1:14 in the heavyweight matchup.

Other than Josh Kindred picking up a forfeit victory at 112, Astoria's only win came at 215 - coincidentally the most exciting match of the night.

Ranked fourth in the state at 215, Astoria's Jeff Crowley was matched up against 12th-ranked Jeff Kutter.

An early takedown gave Crowley a 2-0 lead, but Kutter scored a reversal, and it remained a 2-2 match going into the final round.

Crowley tallied a quick two points on a reversal and rode Kutter for nearly the entire round before Kutter executed an escape with 10 seconds left. Crowley held on for the 4-3 win.

Astoria is scheduled to wrestle at the Molalla Invitational Saturday.

Loggers compete in 4-wayCLATSKANIE - The Knappa wrestling team took part in a four-way meet at Clatskanie Thursday night, along with Nestucca and Wahtonka.

The Loggers won 11 of the 21 matches they took part in, including two victories apiece from Gary Newberry at 135 pounds, Jarrod Roe at 171, and Robert Rankin at 275.

Other wins came from Elias Hunsinger (103), Andrew Richardson (140), Jacob Bushnell (171), Jake Owings (215) and Dana Barendse (215).

Newberry had a first round pin over Jaden Jefferson of Clatskanie, while Roe recorded a technical fall (18-3) over Andy Gonzales of Wahtonka, and a first round pin over the Tigers' Damier Dyer.

Rankin pinned both of his opponents - Jake Baier and Kanan Kjelland of Clatskanie - both in the second round.

The Loggers compete Saturday in a 14-team invitational at Monroe.

Knappa Kids finish seasonKNAPPA - The Knappa Kids Wrestling Club wrapped up another successful season Jan. 17 when Knappa hosted an Invitational at the high school.

First-place finishes for the Knappa Kids included Connor Morgan in the Pee-Wee division; Dylan Sollars and Tyson Burnard in the Bantam weight class; Rachel Archer in the Midgets division; Kody White in the Novice; and Kenny Williams in the Cadets division.

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