SEASIDE - Any competition was good competition for the Seaside wrestling team Wednesday night. The Gulls were the first local sports squad to return to action after two days of cancellations and postponements.
And the competition turned out to be pretty fierce as the Tillamook Cheesemakers conquered Seaside like they conquered Highway 101 to get there, defeating the Gulls 42-36 in a Cowapa League dual meet.
It was definitely nice to be back in action, said Seaside coach Chuck Mattocks.
"There are schools closed down everywhere, and then they had the landslide down near Rockaway," he said, "but Tillamook called the first thing this morning and said 'we'll be there.'
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Seaside's Jimmy Sibley puts the pressure on Tillamook's Jose Lewis prior to pinning him in Wednesday's wrestling match."Coming off the holidays, we had some kids who were gone, who tried to be in a condition to go really hard, but I think we showed that our conditioning was not quite 100 percent. But we were close."
The Cheesemakers came in ranked No. 8 in the tournament team rankings, and No. 6 in duals.
Wednesday night's lineup started at 215 pounds, where Tillamook's Ryan Schmitz won by forfeit.
Tillamook teammate Ricky Alcarez followed with a narrow 5-4 decision over Seaside's Daniel Edwards at heavyweight in the closest match of the night.
Alcarez scored on an escape and a takedown in the second period, then added another takedown for a 5-2 advantage before Edwards picked up two points on a late reversal.
"We were really hoping we could get that one," Mattocks said. We lost to (Alcarez) last year at 215. It was a pretty good matchup. We'll get another shot at him."
The Gulls picked up their first two wins at 103 and 112 as Kyle Oathes pinned Tillamook's Chris Wassmer at 103 (3:56), and Steven Balzer did the same at 112, pinning Tillamook's Ian Dooher in 47 seconds.
In one of the marquee matchups, the Cheesemakers' Brian Jacob ran his record to 15-0 on the season by pinning Seaside's Justin Rogers 1:33 into the first round at 119 pounds.
"Justin Rogers' match at 119 was a tough one for us," Mattocks said. "We know that Brian Jacob is a real high-quality wrestler - he was second in state last year. But Justin was fourth in state, and we were hoping that we had gained a little on (Jacob), but tonight it didn't look like it."
From there, Tillamook extended the team lead to 36-12, with pins by Kris Fox (125) and Jordan Main (130); a 6-1 victory for Jace Hall over Seaside's Stephen Kennedy at 135; and Zac Pyle's forfeit win at 140.
The Gulls' Josiah Sigler was given a forfeit victory at 145, and Seaside's Jimmy Sibley followed with a second-round pin over Jose Lewis at 152.
Sigler was originally scheduled to wrestle Lewis, but a last-minute lineup change left Sigler without an opponent, and gave Sibley an unexpected match.
Still, "Sibley wasn't caught off guard, because he's an experienced wrestler," Mattocks said, "and he's seen me do the same thing. Those kind of games get played sometimes - it was a good move by their coach. It's always disappointing for the crowd and the wrestler, but we weren't surprised by it."
A forfeit win for Seaside's Ryan Peinhardt at 160 cut Tillamook's lead to 36-30, but Calvert Jones wrapped it up for the Cheesemakers, pinning the Gulls' Jerrod Hovden 3:11 into the bout at 171.
Seaside's Isaac Meyers put a positive finish on the match for the Gulls as he body-slammed Tillamook's Macaiah Schneider to the mat and pinned the Cheesemaker sophomore in 1:36.
"We had some experienced kids who were matched with some less-experienced kids for Tillamook and vice-versa," Mattocks said. "There were some matches that we were looking at real closely.
"We're happy with the progress we're making," he said. "We're thin - we had a couple weights we couldn't fill. But we're healthy again, and I'm excited about that. We went through a lot of sickness before the break."
The Gulls are scheduled to wrestle at Banks - the sixth-ranked dual meet team - Wednesday.
"It doesn't get any easier in this league," Mattocks said. "We'll have this weekend off, then we'll host Pac Rim next weekend. It's always tough, and this year it's even tougher."