ILWACO - Rudy Alvarez ripped through his 103-pound bracket to claim a first place finish in the 15-team, 168-wrestler Beach Brawl Tournament at Carl Aase Gymnasium Saturday. Bobby Richards won two of his three bouts to earn a third place medal at 189 pounds, and Josh Berteaux at 125 and Dylan Short at 285 also won two of three matches to claim fourth-place honors at the final tournament before sub-regional competition begins next Saturday at Kalama.
Alvarez pinned Cody Atkins and Tanner Middleton of Warrenton before winning an overtime decision from his nemesis Tony Nguyen, also of Warrenton, 9-7 in arguably the most exciting match of the long day. Richards pinned his first opponent, lost a 10-2 decision to Nathan Dugan of Clatskanie and then won a 10-7 decision over Taylor Harriman of Castle Rock.
Berteaux pinned Raymond's Tom Williams after being behind in the match most of the way, then was pinned by a pair of Castle Rock wrestler. Short sandwiched wins by fall in 22 seconds and in 52 seconds around a pin by Castle Rock's Beau Radich in 5:35 of the third round in a valiant effort.
At 119 Marshall Powell was pinned twice, Zach DeSimone won one of three bouts at 130 and Taylor Zinn pinned Rob Stacy of Vernonia before losing three times at 135. Also at 135 Dyllan Poe pinned Stacy before losing by fall in his next two bouts. Blake Bradshaw at 140 lost a 16-14 decision and was pinned in the third round and Taylor Odneal split four matches at 152, pinning Ocosta's Chase Wilson in 3:55 and winning an 8-2 decision over Kelso's Shane Vogele before losing twice.
Stephen Hilton was pinned in both of his matches at 160 and Terry Elliott pinned Kevin Cadle and Reed Taylor of North Beach, but was pinned by opponents from R.A. Long and Onalaska. Tyler Starks at 160 defeated Jared Blewett of Montesano by fall before being pinned twice and Joe Fjeldheim at 171 was pinned twice by Montesano opponents. Elliott Marcus dropped three matches at 189 and Ikaika Thomas at 285 pinned Warrenton's Oliver Pringle before losing by falls twice. Beau Morrow was pinned twice, also in the 285 pound classification.
Coach Kevin McNulty expressed appreciation to the dozens of people who helped make the 2009 Ilwaco Beach Brawl a success, especially announcer Rod Anderson. The top four wrestlers at Kalama proceed to Regionals at Castle Rock Feb. 14. There the top four Evergreen and top four Trico wrestlers compete for four berths in the Feb. 20-21 Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome.
Team standings:Castle Rock 217
R.A. Long 62.5
Willapa Harbor 36
North Beach 35