Local Roundup: Grays Harbor College places first at NCWA Women’s National Duals

Also: Aberdeen swim team fourth at SWW invite; Raymond beats Onalaska in boys hoops

Grays Harbor College’s women’s wrestling team found success on Saturday as we review local sports in the Twin Harbors.


Grays Harbor College wins National Duals

Grays Harbor College won 5 of 7 head-to-head matches against Ottawa University (Arizona) to win the 2024 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Women’s National Duals on Saturday at Hoquiam High School.

The Lady Chokers opened the dual meet by defeating Fresno State 48-18 in Round 1 followed by a 36-30 win over Washington State in the second round.

After falling to Utah Tech University 39-24, GHC was paired up against Ottawa University (Arizona) in the final round.

The Lady Chokers defeated Ottawa 39-24, led by wins from Aliya Hammons (116 pounds), Elizabeth Patana (136 pounds), Courtney Jones (143), Hailee Stoken (155) and Reneah Ureste (235).

The head-to-head victories turned out to be the tie-breaking factor as both the Lady Chokers and Ottawa finished the dual meet with identical 3-1 records.

Ureste led the way for GHC with four victories on the day, three in the 235-pound weight class and one at 191. The defending-national champion defeated WSU’s Mari Mendoza, Ottawa’s Evelyn Coronado and Utah Tech’s Alexa Comancha all via first-round pinfall. Ureste also won a match via forfeit.

Hammons (3-1) and Jones (3-0) won three matches apiece for the Lady Chokers.

Full results can be viewed at trackwrestling.com.

NCWA wrestling continues on Sunday at Hoquiam High School.


Chokers go 1-3 at Western Duals

Grays Harbor College’s men’s wrestling team finished 1-3 at the NCWA Western Duals on Saturday in Hoquiam.

GHC opened the meet with a 30-29 victory over Western Washington University, led by Hassan Abdi’s pinfall win over Kobe Gavagan in the 157-pound weight class.

The Chokers then lost to Fresno State 30-22, followed by losses to Wayne State College 33-30 and Colorado State University 31-30 to place fourth overall in Pool A.

GHC’s Joshua Luna won three head-to-head matches at 197 pounds to lead Grays Harbor.

Fresno State, Colorado State and Wayne State finished first through third, respectively.

Menlo College won Pool B, with Washington State and Utah Tech placing second and third, respectively.

Full meet results are available at trackwrestling.com.


Raymond 62, Onalaska 49

Raymond got off to a good start en route to a 62-49 non-league victory over Onalaska on Saturday in Raymond.

The Seagulls (10-9 overall) outscored the Loggers (3-12) 21-10 in the first quarter after hitting 10-of-16 shots (62.5%), with seven different players converting a field goal.

Raymond extended its lead to 37-21 by halftime and held the lead the rest of the way, though Raymond head coach Mike Tully implied his team lacked a killer instinct on Saturday.

“We jumped out to an early lead, but we struggled to really put them away,” he said. “We have to do a better job of finishing teams off when we get a lead. Onalaska is a young, scrappy team and we struggled to get into a flow offensively at times.”

Raymond was led by Chris Quintana (16 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Dalton Welch (13 pts., 3 reb., 2 stl.).

The Gulls committed just nine turnovers as a team and went 28 for 53 from the field (53%).

Raymond plays at South Bend at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Raymond 21 16 16 9 – 62

Onalaska 10 11 18 10 – 49

Scoring: Raymond – Quintana 16, Welch 13, Banker 9, Kongbouakhay 9, Yearout 6, Snodgrass 4, Schlueter 3, Stephens 2.

Onalaska – Thayer 13, Underhall 11, Brady 6, Rushton 6, Jacoby 5, McKinley 4, Triana 4.

Ilwaco 79, Ocosta 64

Ocosta played better against first-place Ilwaco, but still lost 79-64 on Saturday in Westport.

The Wildcats (5-13, 3-9 2B Pacific) trailed by five after one quarter and saw the game get away from them as Fishermen (14-4, 9-1) outscored Ocosta 21-6 in the second frame.

Ocosta rallied with a 27-point fourth quarter, but fell short against the 2B Pacific League leaders.

“While we didn’t win the game, our fight was there from start to finish. Ilwaco is just too talented of a team and they found every little mistake we made tonight,” Ocosta head coach Jason Quinby said. “Considering we lost to them a week ago by 40 and struggled to crack 30 points, I was pleased with our effort on offense and defense tonight.”

Ocosta was led by Tarren Lewis, who has another big game with 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting from the field (39%), including four 3-pointers.

The Wildcats shot 37.5% from the field on 24-of-64 shooting.

Ilwaco went 32 of 52 from the floor (61.5%).

Ocosta plays at Northwest Christian at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Lacey.

Ilwaco 20 21 22 16 – 79

Ocosta 15 6 16 27 – 64

Scoring: Ilwaco – Turner 25, Morns 18, Caron 11, Rogers 10, Culting 7, Pelas 4, Petit 2. Ocosta – Lewis 23, Agramon 9, Solis 7, Priest 7, Kay. Turner 6, Prigmore 5, Ceja 5, Beard 2.


Onalaska 57, Hoquiam 22

Hoquiam lost for the sixth time in its past seven games on Saturday, falling to Onalaska 57-22 at Hoquiam High School.

The Grizzlies (4-13) were behind the 8-ball from the opening tip-off, failing to score in the first quarter to trail 21-0 to the Loggers (10-10).

Fortunes didn’t fare much better for Hoquiam in the second quarter as the Grizzlies trailed 36-6 at the half.

“The honest truth about today was as a team we did not show up to play, mentally or physically, and paid the price,” Hoquiam head coach Chad Allan said. “Slow feet don’t eat.”

Hoquiam was led by Sydney Gordon, who was a bright spot for the Grizzlies with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

“Sydney Gordon was a workhorse for us today, and tried to do all she could,” Allan said of his sophomore forward. “So proud of her effort all game.”

Hoquiam went 10 for 43 from the field (23%) and committed 27 turnovers as a team.

The Grizzlies play at Aberdeen at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Onalaska 21 15 19 2 – 57

Hoquiam 0 6 11 5 – 22

Scoring: Onalaska – Jacoby 20, Kinsman 9, Haight 8, Talley 8, Berg 6, Hamilton 2, Sandrige 2, Underhill 2. Hoquiam – Gordon 13, Brodhead 4, Stewart 3, LaBounty 2.


Aberdeen takes fourth at SWW Invitational

With 10 top-eight finishes, the Aberdeen boys swimming team placed fourth overall at the Southwest Washington Invitational on Saturday at Mark Morris High School in Longview.

Bobcats senior Tyler Bates posted one of the fastest times for a 2A-class swimmer at 1:00.63 to place third in the 100-yard backstroke.

Juniors Jacob Hallack and Denny Linker placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 individual medley.

Sophomores Cole Nylander and Zeke Olson placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke, with Olson also placing fifth in the 100 butterfly.

Aberdeen tallied 229.5 points to place fourth out of 20 teams.

“This was the last regular season meet, so this was the last chance to establish yourself entering the postseason,” Aberdeen head coach Rob Burns said. “Everyone who swam today improved, competed and overcame obstacles. We are going to be in good shape when we step onto the deck at the district meet.”

Burns cited Bates for his time drops and overall performances, Linker for his toughness on the day, and Cooper Gill, Nylander, Olson and Preston Williams for their overall performances.

Camas won the team title with 528 points followed by Union (347) and Kelso (334) in second and third, respectively. Shelton scored 216 points to round out the top five teams.

Aberdeen will return to Mark Morris High School to compete at the 2A Sub-District meet on Wednesday.