Gulls compete in Ilwaco; host Clatsop Clash

DAMIAN MULINIX/For the Signal Seaside's Zack Kuzakin works on pinning Warrenton's Morgan Buey at Saturday's Ilwaco Beach Brawl.

ILWACO, Wash. — The Ilwaco wrestling team was the host team Saturday, for the annual “Beach Brawl Invitational.”

The event brought in 21 schools and over 300 wrestlers, “and we pulled it off in great style,” Ilwaco coach Kevin McEnulty announced. “No down time … mats were moving all day long. We began wrestling at 10:20 a.m. and our last match was completed at 6:33 p.m.”

And of course the home squad won the team title, as Ilwaco racked up 209.5 points to take first in the field of 21 teams.

Kelso was a close second at 203.5, followed by Adna, a distant third with 125.

Other local teams competing included Knappa (tied with Neah-Kah-Nie for seventh, 63 points); Seaside (12th, 57 points); Astoria (17th, 29 points); and Warrenton (18th, 28 points).

Earlier in the week, Seaside hosted a three-way Cowapa League dual with Astoria and Banks.

The Braves defeated the Gulls 76-3, while Astoria topped Seaside in the Clatsop Clash portion of the dual meet, 40-24.

Ten of the 14 matches between the Fishermen and Gulls ended in forfeits, with Astoria winning three of the four matches on the mat.

Astoria’s Trey Hageman scored a major decision (18-7) over Seaside’s Zachary Kuzakin at 152 pounds; Fisherman Kaden Gilbert had a 20-second fall over Jake Black at 182; and Jeff Stutznegger pinned Seaside’s Will Kautz in 3:18 at 220.

Shane Smith had the lone victory on the mat for the Gulls, pinning Astoria’s Riley Ashton in 1:10.

Seaside’s Andrew Gastelum posted a 9-2 decision over Joshua Hanlon of Banks.

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