Pirate grapplers grab eighth place

The Pirates cruised down from Rockaway Beach Friday and returned with an eighth place finish in the team race at the annual Tillamook Country Smoker.

Neah-Kah-Nie’s Tristan Bennett battles with St. Helens’ Colton Albertson in the semifinals of Friday’s Tillamook Country Smoker wrestling invitational.

By Brad Mosher

Tristan Bennett led the charge, placing second in the 285-pound title match at Tillamook High School.

In the prelims and quarterfinals, Bennett won by fall over Central’s Caleb Sedlacek and Tillamook’s Levi Crabtree.

Bennett followed that with a 5-0 decision over Colton Abertson of St. Helen’s to make the finals.

In the title match, Miguel Olmedo (St.Helens) won by an 8-5 decision.

In the 132-pound class, Jacob Waldron placed fourth for the Pirates, after losing to Tillamook’s Lorenzo Mazzolari by fall in the third-place match.

Omar Arenas made it to the consolation semifinals Friday, scoring six team points.

He won his first two matches by fall, beating Victor Osorno (Dayton) and William Webb (St Helens), before losing to losing to Noah Sickles of Willamina won by major decision, 12-0. Arena finished the day in fifth place.

According to coach Greg Kelley, the Pirates did well on their first road trip.

“Overall as a team I thought we wrestled pretty well for our first tournament of the year. We competed well and wrestled hard. I was very pleased with how our young wrestlers competed and even more pleased that this was only our first tournament of the year.

“It was nice to see live action and for the guys to wrestle someone other than their teammates. This tournament also gives us a good idea of what we need to work on to reach our goals by the end of the year,” he said.

All in all we had good start to the year and have lots to work on to always keep improving,” coach said.

The coach praised Ecca Fry for going 3-0 in the junior varsity bracket and winning his pool. Jacob Griffith also had a great day, Kelley added. “He started his year 3-0 as well as winning his pool.”

Also in the junior varsity, Daniel Jackson and Nathan Hamilton both went 2-1 in their respective weight classes. In addition, Mychal Kelly, Austin Dunn, Jett Johnson and Jonathan Lommen each took third in their bracket while Tyler Kirkpatrick placed fourth.

Jacob Waldron competed very well and placed 4th at 132

Omar Arenas went 2-2 on the day and tied for 5th at 152.

Tristan Bennett wrestled well and placed 2nd at 285 in a competitive heavy weight bracket. All in all we had good start to the year and have lots to work on to always keep improving.