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NKN’s Bennett wrenches the competition to win


Tristan Bennett of Neah-Kah-Nie puts the finishing touch on Tillamook’s Michael Horton Friday to win the 220 pound match at the Tillamook wrestling invitational. – Headlight Herald / Brad Mosher

Tillamook made easy work of the other 10 teams in the annual Tillamook Smoker Wrestling Invitational Friday.
By Brad Mosher
bmosher@countrymedia.net
The hosts scored 272.5 points, more than twice the team points of second place Central (135.5 points). Willamina was third (113 points) and St. Helens was fourth (87 points). Neah-Kah-Nie rounded out the top five teams with a total of 72 points, edging 5A Forest Grove by just one point. Dayton (67) was seventh, followed by Roosevelt (45), Taft (39), Amity (25) and Newport (20).
Tillamook’s Fabian Niemi was named the outstanding wrestler of the invitational.
He won the 170-pound title by a 13-7 decision over Central’s Christopher Polanco.
Tillamook also picked up wins when Luis Macias grabbed the 120-pound title and Eli McRae won the 160-pound championship.
Tillamook also picked up second place finishes with Quintin Metcalfe at 113 pounds, Chad Werner at 132 pounds, Austin Weeks at 145, and Caleb Werner at 152.
Dawson McKibbon added a fourth place finish at 195 pounds.
Tillamook will be heading to the Rose City Tournament Friday and Saturday to compete with wrestlers from Glencoe, Newberg, Sweet Home, Thurston, West Albany, West Linn and Westview.