The Knappa and Warrenton wrestling teams took part in the Clatskanie Winter Classic, held Saturday at Clatskanie High School.
Warrenton placed fifth and Knappa was sixth in the nine-team invitational.
Rainier won the team title with 178 points, well ahead of Vernonia (137.5), St. Helens (135), Ilwaco (125), Warrenton (78) and Knappa (75.5).
“We didn’t finish very far out from the top teams, and were missing a few wrestlers, but this was a great chance to keep getting better,” said Warrenton coach Corey Conant, “and a bunch of our wrestlers took that opportunity.”
For the second tournament in a row, Warrenton’s Armin Rodriguez and Giovanni Martinez made the finals.
Rodriguez came up short in the title match at 126 pounds, and Martinez settled for second at 152.
“Armin has made some quality adjustments to his style lately, and it has been paying off,” Conant said. “He beat a very good wrestler to make it to the finals and wrestled well in his finals match, but came up short. I know Armin is not satisfied with second place, so we will get back to work.”
Martinez “also won some tough matches by being aggressive when he needed to, and wrestling smart,” Conant said. “He won a close match, then capitalized in the semifinal and pinned a good wrestler to make it to the final.”
Also scoring points for the Warriors were Austin Atwood (third at 120), Tyler Barefoot (fourth, 106) and Josh Niehuser (fourth, 145).
The Loggers had one individual champion in the girls’ bracket, as Shadia Somoza went 5-0 and won the title at 120 pounds. Teammate Lakota Schaeffer was second at 110, and Jade Somoza was 4-1 for third at 115.
The Knappa boys had two second-place wrestlers, both from the same family.
Luke Goozee went 1-1 to take second at 138, and Isaac Goozee was also 1-1 to finish second at 220.
Placing fourth for the Loggers were Jacob Morey (120), Robert Piña (126) and Nathan Hoikka (160).
“Shadia had a good tournament, pinning all five of her opponents,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “Jade lost one match and pinned her other four matches in the first round.”
Luke Goozee “had a thrilling match in the finals, losing by a decision in the final round,” he said. “He lost to a wrestler that beat him earlier in the year from Ilwaco. He was leading going into the last round, but didn’t hold on,” losing a 12-11 decision.
Isaac Goozee lost in the finals to an opponent from Rainier.
The Warriors and Loggers compete Jan. 11-12 in Seaside’s Pac Rim Invitational.
Team scores: Rainier 178, Vernonia 137.5, St. Helens 135, Ilwaco 125, Warrenton 78, Knappa 75.5, Corbett 63, Clatskanie 36, Wahkiakum 18.
Warriors in Portland
Meanwhile, Warrenton had other wrestlers competing Friday in Portland, where the Lady Warriors took part in the Jefferson Open and placed fourth out of 14 scoring teams.
Warrenton junior Jade Freniere won the 235-pound bracket with two falls.
Junior Brianna Quaschnick was 4-1 to place third at 155, and senior Libby Renhert took third at 190. Madison Kadera placed fourth at 115.
“Brianna wrestled the max number of matches and really had to work,” Conant said. “She is learning more and more each week and we were proud of her this weekend.
“We took some knocks and wrestled some top competition, but our team is getting tougher all the time. They have responded really well to some challenging matchups and situations.”