Don Anderson

At the district wrestling championships held last weekend at Astoria High School, two of Seaside High Schools wrestlers qualified for the state tournament. While the Seaside team placed sixth, individually Justin Near and Alex Swynenburg wrestled well enough to continue their season.

Near took second place in the 125 lb division with two pins and a 9-2 decision. One of his pins was at the 1:20 mark against John Randall of Astoria. Near was pinned in the championship round by Jordan Smith of Scappoose, at 3:14.

Alex Swynenburg will also be going to state for the Gulls in the 215 lb division. He beat Chris Roehl of Tillamook with a 9-3 decision to take third place. Tillamook and Scappoose took first and second in the district meet, a repeat of last year. These two wrestling powerhouses also managed to secure first and second in the state 4A meet last year, a feat they hope to accomplish again.

The Cheesemakers ended up with a whopping 476.5 points and Scappoose with 316.5. Yamhill-Carlton came in third with 198.5 points, and Astoria rounded out the top four with 125. Seaside had 53 team points.

Look for continuing coverage of Swynenburg’s and Near’s efforts at the upcoming state tournament in an upcoming issue of the Seaside Signal.

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