Astoria 52, Seaside 30SEASIDE - It was either pin or be pinned Thursday night at Seaside, in a Cowapa League dual meet between Astoria and the Gulls.
Six of the 14 matches ended in forfeits, while seven of the eight matches on the mat ended with pins.
And Astoria had better luck than the Gulls as the Fishermen left with a 52-30 victory.
The Fishermen picked up forfeit wins at 103, 140 and 215, while the Gulls had forfeit victories at 119, 125 and 160.
Astoria went 6-1 on the mat, with pins by Emilio Gonzales at 112 (in 2:32 over Curt Hullender); Joven Rasgo at 130 (over Scott Crader in 52 seconds); Josh Banta at 135 (in 2:23 over Rodney Fulton); Nick Humphries at 171 (in 1:27 over Will Beatty); and Cory Hissner at 189 (pinned Matt Mizell in 50 seconds).
The closest match of the night was at heavyweight, where Astoria's Jeff Crowley defeated Daniel Edwards 11-0.
"Credit the Astoria coaches with taking advantage of being able to move their stronger wrestlers in the lineup to get matches and put others in to pick up forfeit points," said Seaside coach Chuck Mattocks.
Seaside had three of its strongest wrestlers (Justin Rogers, Kyle Oathes, Josh Firth) picking up forfeits, but didn't have an answer for Astoria's match-up strategy.
"We saw it coming and would have loved to get better match-ups ourselves, but tonight belonged to Astoria," Mattocks said. "We were disappointed we were unable to make a better match of it. Our wrestlers who lost gave up too many pin points and we have to work at improving in that area."
Knappa hosts four-way meetKNAPPA - Two Knappa freshmen highlighted the Loggers' four-way wrestling meet Thursday.
Knappa hosted Ilwaco, Mark Morris and the Scappoose junior varsity squad in a nonscoring meet.
Logger freshman Kenny Williams went 3-0 at 135 pounds and freshman teammate Chris Marks won twice at 145 pounds and added a win at 152 to go 3-0 on the day.
Knappa has more than a week off before taking part in a tournament at Nestucca Jan. 29.
SwimmingAstoria sweepsST. HELENS - The Astoria swim teams cruised to another dual meet victory Thursday afternoon as the Fishermen swept past Scappoose in a Cowapa League match.
The Astoria girls won 110-60, while the Fishermen boys defeated the Scappoose Indians, 109-6.
Katie Blue was the lone double winner for the Astoria girls, taking the 50-yard freestyle (27.47) and the 100-yard freestyle (59.86).
Other wins came from Wendi Agalzoff (200-yard freestyle), Kelly Pierce (500-yard freestyle) and Bridgett Nurding (100-yard backstroke). See Scoreboard for times.
For the boys, Robbie Weidman captured the 200- and 100-freestyles; Eddie Duret won the 200-yard individual medley and the 500 freestyle; and Ben Lilley took the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke.
Astoria competes in The Dalles Invitational Saturday.