SEASIDE — Ilwaco’s Chris Wood and Ghannon Wheldon each took second place at the Pacific Rim Armed Forces Tournament, which drew hundreds of wrestlers from 16 teams. Keegan Kemmer contributed a third-place trophy to Ilwaco’s fifth-place team finish. Dylan Simonsen, Brandon Duke, Aiden Auttelet, Landon Frank and Trevor Hutson all placed in the top six.
Wood, in the 170-pound weight class, came closest to giving Ilwaco a first-place finisher. In finals he went against Gio Ramirez of Seaside. The two fought off each other’s headlocks throughout a stalemated first round.
Wood began the second round on top and held off Ramirez’s escape attempts, keeping a tight grip on his waist. Finally, Wood brought Ramirez down and nearly pinned him, going ahead 3-0, but Ramirez turned the tables and led 5-4 after two. Wood spent the whole third round fighting to get up. He broke free with a reversal with less than 10 seconds in the round, but Ramirez held on for the 7-6 win.
Wheldon, at 132, beat Jack Kelly in semifinals but was pinned by Zack Vorvick of Tigard in finals in 1:57.
Kemmer went against Vernonia’s Austin Sicard in the third-place match in the 132-pound weight class. Kemmer built a big lead, then finished it off in the third round. Starting on the bottom, he vaulted in the air for an acrobatic reversal, quickly turning it into a pin.
Duke took a 6-4 lead over Warrenton’s Giovani Ramirez in the third-place match at 152. Then Duke went for a leg shot, Ramirez evaded it, and both wrestlers ended up on the ground. Ramirez got his head into Duke’s side, turning the leverage into a pin, putting Duke in fourth place.
Simonsen (145) and Frank (182) also took fourth for Ilwaco, while Hutson (195) was fifth and Auttelet (195) was sixth.
Ilwaco boys wrestlers went 14-19 at a seven-team event in Toledo Tuesday, Jan. 8, while the girls went 2-6. Wheldon, Kemmer, Duke and Hutson all went 2-0. Jaymie Patana and Serena Kuhn each had wins for the girls’ team.