ILWACO, Wash. — Castle Rock knocked Ilwaco off the top spot, and made off with the team title in this year’s “Beach Brawl,” last Friday and Saturday at Ilwaco High School.
The Rockets had four individual champions and scored 189 points to finish first ahead of Ilwaco. The defending champion Fishermen racked up 155 points for second. Rainier was the top Oregon school, placing third.
Other local schools competing included Knappa (10th), Seaside (11th), Warrenton (15th) and Astoria (17th).
Ilwaco had three wrestlers reach the championship finals, with Keegan Kemmer (113 pounds), Ghannon Whelden (126) and Brandon Duke (152) all placing second. Joe Thompson finished third at 120.
Knappa had two wrestlers place third — Jade Somoza at 106 and Isaac Goozee at 182. Somoza was 3-1 for the day, while Goozee finished 2-1.
“The team came through again, doing well with small numbers,” said Knappa coach Dan Owings. “Jade Somoza did remarkably well, since she wrestled in the boys bracket.
“Luke (Goozee, who went 3-2 to place fifth at 132) had to wrestle a tough Rainier wrestler and lost to him once in the championship side and again in consolation,” Owings said. “He lost the second time by a 5-4 decision.”
For Astoria, senior Juan Jimenez won the individual title at 106.
In the semifinals, he defeated Somoza by technical fall, 19-3. Jimenez faced R.A. Long’s Ivan Mendoza in the championship bout, and trailed 2-0 after the first two rounds.
In the third round, Mendoza chose the neutral position which led to Jimenez scoring a takedown and putting Mendoza on his back, resulting in a 5-2 victory for Jimenez.
Fishermen senior Trey Hageman was 3-1 at 160, the most competitive weight class of the tournament. Hageman opened with pins over Woodroe Kiser of Adna and Noah Martin of Ocosta.
In the semifinals, he faced Wayne Baker of Castle Rock and lost by fall. Hageman bounced back in the third-place tie match, pinning Greg Petit of Ilwaco in the first round.
Team results: Castle Rock 189, Ilwaco 155, Rainier (OR.) 122.5, Adna 119, Mark Morris 99.5, RA Long 97.5, Kelso 95, Neah-Kah-Nie 85, Willapa Harbor 80, Knappa 72, Seaside 70, Lincoln 67, Ocosta 64.5, Toledo/Winlock 62.5, Warrenton 54, Clatskanie 45, Astoria 44.5, Nestucca 26, Life Christian 18.