Dec. 18, 2019 — The Siuslaw wrestling team made a sound showing on Saturday at the North Bend Coast Classic, taking 17th out of 34 teams.
“The varsity squad did a great job this weekend,” coach Neil Wartnik said, pointing out that there were a lot of big schools at the event.
The team’s top point scorer was Elijah LaCosse, who placed fourth overall in the 145-lb. division despite battling sickness. Along the way, LaCosse defeated a competitor from Century High School who beaten him last year at the same tournament.
Ryan Jennings also placed fourth in the 152-lb. bracket, winning several tight matches throughout the meet.
“Freshman 120-pounder Mason Buss placed fifth in his division. He wrestled several outstanding matches, particularly his fifth-/sixth-place match,” Wartnik said.
Freshman Yoskar Delamor had a pair of pins to the help overall team score, placing sixth in the 106-lb. bracket.
As for the varsity girls, Hayden Muller placed fourth at 140 lbs., wrestling “some of the toughest competition in the state,” Wartnik said.
Junior varsity had the team’s only first-place finish with Ian Sissell wrestling in the 160-lb. bracket, where he wrestled several outstanding matches according to Wartnik.
He was followed by JC Gentry who placed second at 220 lbs.
“He was dominant in his matches prior to the final,” Wartnik said.
Hunter Petterson placed third at 126 lbs., and “improved significantly over the course of the tournament, winning several matches,” said Wartnik.
Pedro Infante placed fourth at 195 lbs., recovering after a first-round loss and picking up two pins for the team.
Lastly, Jesus Garcia placed fifth in the 170-lb. division
“He showed great poise and determination, winning several close matches,” Wartnik said.
Last night, Siuslaw hosted North Bend and Reedsport in a non-league three-way meet (after press deadlines). Friday, Siuslaw will be on the road at Grants Pass for a two-day, multi-divisional tournament.
Matches begin at 11 a.m.