WARRENTON - Five local schools hooked up in a post-winter vacation wrestling meet Wednesday night at Warrenton.

The Warriors hosted the non-scoring, five-way meet with Ilwaco, Knappa, Vernonia and Wahkiakum.

And from the sound of things, at least the Loggers and Warriors needed a good tune-up.

"We had a tough Christmas break," said Warrenton coach Chuck Pike. "(Tyler) Collier's been sick, and I was missing some other kids tonight who've been out sick. And obviously Billy (Pike) is not ready yet. This was just kind of a good warm-up after the break."

Billy Pike, Warrenton's senior at 135/140 pounds, wrestled his first two matches of the season after missing December with mononucleosis.

Pike lost his first match and forfeited his second to Knappa's Gary Newberry midway through the second round.

"He wasn't quite ready - we probably brought him back a little too soon," coach Pike said. "We'll give him a little more time."

The Warriors still had a few bright spots, including junior David Dyer at 189 pounds. In his first match of the night, Dyer pinned Ilwaco' Geoff Hylton at 55 seconds of the second round, and also defeated Knappa's Steven Brandon.

Elsewhere, Warrenton's Nathan Massey won by a fall 1:30 into the second round over a Vernonia wrestler at 215, and Nick Reinoso picked up his first win of the season at 275.

Collier defeated Knappa's Andrew Richardson 10-8 at 152, "and the last time they met Richardson beat him," coach Pike said.

"Daniel Wolfe had a great match," he added, as the Warrior sophomore defeated Wahkiakum's Chris Mendez 5-2 at 140 pounds.

Knappa wrestlers performed well, as junior Robert Rankin pinned Massey at 1:10 of the first round toward the end of the meet.

"Robert had a good match," said Knappa coach Dan Owings. "And Steven Brandon's been a bright spot as a first-year wrestler - he did well against the Dyer kid.

"Richardson was out sick over the Christmas break," he added. "He had bronchitis for about two weeks, then he had tonsillitis and a strep throat after that. It was kind of a long break."

Knappa junior Kristie Owings won a pair of matches at 119, coming back after an elbow injury suffered in an early-season meet at Neah-Kah-Nie.

"These kids are competitive - they don't want to quit," coach Owings said. "No matter what the injury is - it's just mind over matter at times. You're never 100 percent. There's always something that hurts - a knee, an elbow, shoulder or an ankle. But a lot of these wrestlers just suck it up and wrestle through it. That's what it takes."

Knappa and Warrenton are both scheduled to wrestle Friday and Saturday at the Alsea Bay Classic in Waldport.

Rainier 62, Astoria 24

RAINIER - Rainier dominated a Cowapa League dual meet with Astoria Wednesday night, winning eight of the 10 matches on the mat, and picking up an additional two forfeit victories for a 62-24 win over the Fishermen.

Astoria had a little success in the upper weights, as Nick Humphries scored a second round pin over Justin Rager at 171 pounds, and Astoria's Jeff Crowley pinned Rainier's Billy Zimmerman in the first round at 215.

Astoria is scheduled to host a four-way meet Saturday.

See Scoreboard for complete results.

Tillamook 54, Seaside 24

TILLAMOOK - Tillamook topped Seaside 54-24 in a Cowapa League wrestling dual Wednesday night at Tillamook.

The Cheesemakers won five of 11 matches on the mat, and collected 18 points through forfeit victories.

Seaside picked up a victory at 119, a 6-0 decision for Kyle Oathes over Jeff Montgomery; Jake Terrill pinned Tillamook's Martin Zapeda (2:37) at 152; Josh Firth won by injury default at 160; Seaside's Josiah Sigler pinned Ricardo Torres in 47 seconds at 171; and Daniel Edwards scored a 7-2 decision over Jarrett Owens at 275.

"Tillamook was surprisingly competitive with a young team at home," said Seaside coach Chuck Mattocks. "Several Tillamook freshmen wrestled tough matches and overall gave us more than we were up for.

"While we won five of the 11 matches wrestled, it left us far short of our goal when our three forfeits were added in.

"It was nice to get Rodney Fulton into the lineup at 135 for the first time, and he and several of our other wrestlers will just continue to improve as they get more time on the mat," he said.

The Gulls host Banks next Wednesday.

Naselle gymnasium

to be dedicated Saturday

NASELLE, Wash. - The Naselle High School gymnasium, the scene of hundreds of basketball games since it first opened in 1953, will be named the Lyle Patterson Gymnasium Saturday night.

The gym will be dedicated in honor of Lyle Patterson, the longtime coach and educator for generations of Comet student-athletes.

The dedication of the gymnasium will occur during a basketball double-header.

The girls' game tips off at 6 p.m, and the dedication will take place following the game.

Patterson coached Comets boys basketball for over 30 years, with his teams earning a winning record of 623 wins and 228 losses. During that time span, the Patterson-coached Naselle teams had a District record of 117 wins and 38 losses. He coached 31 winning seasons.

Naselle teams qualified for District all 32 years, had 13 League championships, 15 District championships, and placed 18 times in the state playoffs, including five second-place finishes, three thirds, four fourths, one fifth, two sixths, one seventh, and two eighth-place trophies.

In addition, Patterson coached three league champion Comet football teams, with one team winning the honorary state B championship as it was awarded in those pre-playoff years.

Patterson was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002 in honor of his many years of achievement and success as a high school coach.

Game times changed

The starting times have been changed for today's basketball doubleheader at Warrenton.

The Warriors will host Portland Adventist in a girls' varsity game at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys' contest.

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