Impressive first day results for Clatsop County wrestlers led to some big finishes for the locals at the state meet, Feb. 22-23 at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
Combined, wrestlers from Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton and Knappa had six wins (including one bye) and two losses in first round matches on Day 1.
Seaside was 2-0 in the first round, with wins by Andrew Gastelum (3:04 pin against Mazama’s Brycen Johnson) and Luke Nelson (8-2 win vs. Lincoln Clark of La Grande).
The two victories were the first wins for the Gulls in state tournament competition since 2006.
Gastelum was pinned in the quarterfinals, won his first match in consolation (12-9 decision over Mazama freshman Savien Burk), before being pinned by Woodburn’s Marcos Hernandez.
Nelson also lost by fall in the quarterfinals, but then won twice in consolation, with a 2-1 win over Matthew Horrillo of Siuslaw and a major decision (11-3) against Kody Zemke of Madras.
Nelson dropped a 4-2 decision to Tyler Morris of Junction City, but again came back strong, winning the fifth-place match with a 9-1 decision over Tillamook’s Dawson McKibbin.