Astoria won three of the first four matches on the mat, but Rainier had too much depth for the young Fishermen squad as the Columbians racked up a 49-24 victory over Astoria in a Cowapa League dual wrestling match Tuesday night at the Brick House.

The Fishermen spotted Rainier a 6-0 lead following a forfeit at 103, but Astoria bounced back to win three of the next four bouts, starting with Josh Kindred's pin over Joel Stebbins at 112 pounds.

Kindred built a 7-0 lead before winning by a fall with 1:09 left in the third round.

Astoria's Joven Rasgo pinned Saul Tena at 119, as Rasgo scored on a pair of reversals in the second round, then won by fall with 1:23 left in the third.

After Rainier's Brandon Ekstrom won by fall over Josh Banta at 125, Astoria's Will Leino picked up an 11-5 decision over Simon Tena. Leino scored two takedowns and a near fall in the second round, then held off Tena in the third round.

Rainier won the next five matches, including Sam Bledsoe's narrow 9-7 win over Dan Lilley at 145 pounds.

Lilley came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the match in the third round, but Bledsoe scored on a reversal and a near fall, before Lilley had a takedown in the final seconds.

Astoria's next win came at 171 when Nick Humphries manhandled Rainier's Justin Rager, finally pinning Rager with 56 seconds left in the second round.

Rainier's Billy Zimmerman - who was trailing Astoria's T.J. Charron 7-3 in the second round - battled back to pin Charron with four seconds left in the round for the victory at 189.

Jeff Crowley had the final Fishermen win as he used takedowns in each round for an 8-2 decision over Olin Howlett.

"As a team, we improved a great deal from last week against Tillamook, but we are still not there," said Astoria coach Allan Garvin. "Jeff Crowley continued to wrestle very well and beat a solid opponent. (Crowley) gets better each match he wrestles."

Garvin added, "Nick Humphries and T.J. Charron improved the most from this weekend at Pac Rim. Even though Charron lost his match, he went out and started to outmove a good opponent and almost came away with a very impressive victory."

Astoria did not have 160-pound senior Kent Russell, who failed to make weight.

The Fishermen host a dual with Seaside Friday night (7 p.m.).


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