KNAPPA — Ilwaco sent a portion of its wrestling team to a seven team mix-and-match in Knappa, Oregon, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, allowing some of its less experienced wrestlers to get some practice.
“Some kids wrestled against kids from a different weight class. We try to match up good wrestlers with good wrestlers, beginners versus beginners” at mix-and-match events, Ilwaco coach Kevin McNulty said.
Wilfredo Mendez, a senior wrestling for the first time this year, pinned both his opponents. “He’s physically very strong, and he’s coachable. He’s got a good training group, with guys like Trenton Cox, Allen Chetwood, and Tony Merino in a similar weight class practicing against him,” McNulty said. Aliscia Bravo also pinned both her opponents. Chris Wood won both his matches.
Ilwaco wrestlers went against opponents from Clatskanie, Warrenton, Astoria, Seaside, Corbett and host Knappa.
NASELLE — Naselle running back Erik Lund was named Coastal League Offensive MVP and was one of six Comets named to the offensive All Conference first team. Oakville’s Nathan Boyd was named defensive MVP, and Taholah lineman Tynell Bryan was overall MVP.
Lund took over a large share of Naselle’s carries while Jacob Scrabeck was injured. Scrabeck came back strong late in the year and was named honorable mention.
Naselle sophomore Cole Dorman was named first team quarterback. DJ Wirkkala made first team as a receiver and linebacker, Brian Smith as a tight end and safety. Carson Bergeson and Zach Thorsen were first team offensive linemen.