Local Roundup: Pine wins second World Wrestling Championship

Former Elma High School great wrestling coach and current Grays Harbor College wrestling coach Kevin Pine won his second world title after taking first place in the 88 kg at the 2022 World Veteran Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this month – freestyle competition.

Pine represented the United States in international competition, defeating Munkhchuluun Lochin of Mongolia 10-0 on October 5 to win a gold medal in the Masters Division D class (51-55 years), giving Pine his second world title brought to his career.

Pine wasn’t done when he competed in the Greco-Roman 88 kg competition three days later.

Pine defeated Italy’s Alessandro Zappala 23-0 via Fall, followed by a 9-0 win over Dimitrios Chalkias (Greece) to advance to the Division D semifinals.

PHOTO SUBMITTED Grays Harbor College Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Pine, left, warms up with help from fellow wrestler George Porter (Plantation, FL) for a match during the 2022 World Veteran Championships October 5, 2022 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In the semifinals, Pine was defeated 6-1 by Poland’s Jerzy Sekura to win the bronze medal after losing to France’s Karim Hammiche.

Pine helped Team USA earn a total of 37 medals in the competition, held October 4-9.

Visit teamusa.org for more information.

Ocosta 3, forks 1

Ocosta scored three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win over Forks in Westport on Wednesday.

The Wildcats (5-6-1 overall, 3-3 2B Central-North) were 1-0 down after conceding a goal in the 30th minute but responded just two minutes later than veteran midfielder Natalie Carloza dribbled around two defenders and then sent a pass to older forward Miki Ness, who scored to level the game.

In the second half, newly minted midfielder Brizeyda Ayala Rios scored her first varsity goal in the 49th minute from a rebound.

Ness gave the Wildcats the all-important insurance goal from afar in the 70th minute.

Ocosta beat the Spartans 22-6, including 15-1 in the dominant second half.

“We spoke to Brizeyda during an injury break from Forks and told her to be more aggressive in front of the net. Two minutes later, she scored the winning goal,” said Ocosta head coach Mike King. “We put together a more dominant second half and the girls got more touches and we got shots from seven different players. We got Scarlett Nelson down the middle in the second half and she made the difference with an excellent game.

King praised Ocosta defenders Taeler Jardine, Kennedy Reynolds, Meghan Denny, Joanah Rosander and Gabby Ness for keeping Forks scoreless in the final 50 minutes of the game.


Montesano 192, Tenino 201

Montesano defeated Tenino 192-201 on Tuesday at Oaksridge Golf Course in Elma.

Monte was led by Gavin Root, who shot a 9-hole round of 46 for the Bulldogs.

Montesano (192) — Root 46, Trey Sweeney 48, Josh Wills 48, Cole Sigler 50.

Tenino (201) — David Dallaire 41, Jaxson Gore 54, Ethan Baxter 58, Easton Snider 59.


Aberdeen are recording district qualifying times at recent meetings

Aberdeen swimmers Harnoor Jandu, Wendy Neil and Isabelle Melville swam in two District Qualifier encounters last week.

Jandu qualified for the 50 freestyle, Neil for the 100 breaststroke, and Melville for the 100 freestyle.

Aberdeen defeated Black Hills 127-48 on Wednesday, October 5 at the Grays Harbor YMCA in Hoquiam.

On Saturday 8 October, Aberdeen competed in the Mukilteo Invitational and finished 19th out of 34 schools with 42 points.

Senior Ana Matisons placed 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.02, leading the Bobcats.

Aberdeen’s 400-yard freestyle relay team, consisting of Litzy Orona, Keara Burns, Emma Mullins and Mija Hood, finished 17th with a time of 4:17.59.


Aberdeen High School announces schedule changes

Aberdeen High School Athletics Department recently announced changes to the schedule for the following events. New times/dates are listed as follows:

  • Varsity Soccer at WF West, Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m
  • College Girls Soccer v. Centralia (Senior Night), Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m., Stewart Field
  • JV/Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Tumwater, Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m./12:00 p.m. at Stewart Field

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