Freshman Tristan Bennett opened his prep career with a bang Friday at the Tillamook Smoker wrestling tournament.
By Brad Mosher
The Neah-Kah-Nie wrestler went through all three matches, claiming wins by fall in each on his way to a 3-0 start for the season.
In his final match against Louden Andrews of Amity, Bennett had to rally for the victory after being down on points to the senior.
The Bennett win helped the Pirates climb to eighth in the team standings of the tournament, beating out Amity and Roosevelt.
“We had a pretty good day,” said Pirate coach Greg Kelly. “We had a couple of kids do really well and we wrestled pretty tough.
“In the varsity division, we had four kids place. Dunlap got fifth (182). Oscar Casarez took fourth at 113.
“Anthony Ramirez just took third at heavyweight. He had a great day and battled
back from a tough loss in the semis,” Kelly said. “He showed a lot of heart.”
The biggest praise was for his freshman. “Tristan had an outstanding day. He started off his career with three pins over three kids who have all been to the state tournament.
“So I am super pleased and super happy with him. He wrestled really tough,” the coach said.
Kelly said that the Pirates competing in the tournament’s JV division did a good job.
“Gus Perez ended up 3-0 and Josh Long was 3-0 — both wrestled extremely well. Jacob Griffith went 2-1 and had a great day. The other JVs battled really well,” the coach said.