ALSEA - The Seaside wrestling team had one of its best performances ever at the annual Alsea Bay Classic, which took place Friday and Saturday.

The Gulls had three individual champions, a third- and two fifth-place finishes to rack up 164 points to place second behind Siuslaw (219.5) in the team standings.

Nestucca (162) was a close third, while Neah-Kah-Nie (129) took eighth. Warrenton also competed, but did not score.

The Gulls showed their strength in the lower weights, as Kyle Oathes opened with a third-place showing at 103 pounds, where he soundly defeated Willamina's Mitchell Jones, 17-6.

Seaside's Steven Balzer followed by winning the 112-pound title match, defeating Siuslaw's Brian Stevens 5-3 in the championship bout.

The Gulls picked up more big points from Justin Rogers, who won the competition at 119 when he defeated Neah-Kah-Nie's Jaren Kamerer in the final.

Josiah Sigler added one more title for Seaside scoring a 15-2 major decision over Roland Chambers in the final at 145 pounds.

The Gulls received big points from Jimmy Sibley (third at 152), Alvin Quinones (fifth at 125), Daniel Edwards (fifth at heavyweight) and Jerrod Hovden (sixth at 171).

It was an "excellent team effort," said Seaside coach Chuck Mattocks. "Those wrestlers who did not place contributed points toward the team total.

"All three of our championship finalists won against great competition," he said. "Our outstanding wrestler was probably Steven Balzer, winning a gritty 5-3 decision in the finals.

"Jimmy Sibley and Jerrod Hovden wrestled some of their best matches of the season," Mattocks said, while "Justin Rogers continues his terrific season and Josiah Sigler remains undefeated."

The Gulls host a dual meet with Tillamook Tuesday.

Neah-Kah-Nie had one individual champion, as Ryan Vandecoevering pinned David Dallas of Siuslaw in 4:39 in the title match at 125.

The Pirates' Kamerer was second at 119, and teammate Joey White took fourth at 171.


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