ILWACO - Ilwaco wrestlers may not have had quantity, but they sure boasted quality at the IHS Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Aase Gymnasium Saturday. Ilwaco wrestlers Derek Duffy and Jerry Matzen both finished in second place and Jake Pedersen won fourth in their weight classifications in the 12-team event that featured some 150 participants.
Coach Tom Hornbuckle, who arrived at the gym at 6 a.m., was proud of the performances of his placing seniors, Duffy, Matzen and Pedersen.
Duffy wrestled in the 130 pound class and earned a major decision over J.R. Blood of Woodland by a score of 11-1 to begin his march to the finals. Duffy then pinned Ector Mata of Castle Rock in 3:13 before losing a tightly contested 6-2 decision to Billy Pike of Warrenton for the championship. Duffy is now 11-7 for the season.
Matzen, at 135, started fast by pinning Dereck Mullen of R.A. Long in 1:26 and downing Jackson Edenes of Hoquiam in 2:13. He was pinned by Hoquiam's Chris Farmer in 3:35 in the title bout to run his overall record to 16-7.
Pedersen won a major decision over Casey Ripp of Woodland 10-1 but was pinned by Hoquiam's Justin LaDue in 3:25 before running into a pair of Meyers'.
Steven Meyers of Morton was Pedersen's next victim. Jake pinned him in 57 seconds but was pinned by Isaac Meyers of Seaside in the consolation finals of the 189 pound classification. Pedersen is now 19-9 in matches this year.
Bobby Crislip continued to have difficulty with injuries. The sophomore wrestling at 275 hurt his ankle about a minute into his first bout of the tournament and was unable to post a win. Hornbuckle said Crislip would sit out the next two weeks and hopefully be ready to compete at the league tournament in LaCenter.
Eddie Smith was defeated via pin by Jesse Cantin of Morton in a "pig-tail" match to get into the bracket of eight at 171 pounds.
The Fishermen will be wrestling in a tournament Saturday in Kalama and then travel to Ridgefield to face the Spudders and Stevenson Tuesday, Feb. 4 in their final Trico League regular season matches.
The Trico League championships will be held in LaCenter Feb. 7, the District finals will follow Feb. 14, and Mat Classic XVI will be in the Tacoma Dome Feb. 20 and 21. The senior trio of Duffy, Matzen, and Pedersen all have their sights set on being part of the 24 simultaneous bouts that go on in Tacoma for the State Tournament extravaganza. To move on to state, wrestlers must be in the top four in league and in district.
Hornbuckle had much thanks and praise for all the volunteers who made the tourney a success.
"Amber Hall was especially instrumental in organizing breakfast and working the score tables for the duration of the tournament," he said.
1. Castle Rock 196.5
2. Hoquiam 148.5
3. Seaside 142.0
4. West Seattle 110.0
5. Astoria 78.0
6. Woodland 54.0
7. White Pass 48.0
8. Ilwaco 45.0
9. R.A. Long 34.5
10. Eastside Catholic 30.5
11. Warrenton 22.0
12. Morton 17.0