Student Spotlight: Neah-Kah-Nie Wrestling

Neah-Kah-Nie wrestling
coach Greg Kelley has a
not-so secret weapon.
In his first 30 matches
this season, freshman
Tristan Bennett was 28-2.
He swept through his
first prep competition
in December, the Tillamook
Smoker, with three
straight pins over opponents
who had made it
to the state tournament.

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He went on to win the
tournament title. Anthony
Ramirez also picked up a
third in the heavyweight
battle.
SInce then, the Pirates
have done well.
Josh Longfellow, Luis
Perez and Ramirez each
have more than 15 wins
this season.
“I like the way the season
is progressing,” the
coach said. “The team is
wrestling well and getting
better each week.”
At the recent Oregon
Classic tournament in
Redmond, Neah-Kah-Nie
knocked off Glendale
(48-12) and narrowly
defeated Vernonia (31-30)
at the Oregon Wrestling
Classic.
The Pirates also tied
Crane (30-30), but lost to
Lowell and Reedsport by
identical 48-30 scores.
Bennett swept through
all five of his 220-pound
matches in the tournament,
getting four falls
and one forfeit win.
Against Crane, Bennett
won by fall over Samuel
Williams with 4:16 on the
clock as the Pirates won
the final two weights to
pull out a tie. Teammate
Anthony Ramirez picked
up the final and tying
points with a victory by
a fall in the 285-pound
match.
The team will close out
its regular season with
trips to Waldport (Jan.
26), Ilwaco (Jan. 30) and
Vernonia (Feb. 2) before
heading to the district
championships in Cloverdale
(Feb. 12 and 13).






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