Cowapa League & District One A-2 & B District One-AA District One- 3A In 1961, the first Cowapa League championships were held. This tournament was not, however, a dis- trict tournament. The teams at this time, qualified through the District 2 and District 8 A-2 & B meets. In 1962, the first District 1 A-2 tournament was held in the area, with Estacada walking off with team honors. Although producing some strong wrestlers, the district did not do remarkably well for many years. In 1971, the Cowapa League finished at the bottom of the rankings at state. Scappoose, however, did manage to capture a second place. However, no other Cowapa school had an individual placer that year. In 1974, Scappoose won the state crown with one champion, one second place and one third, narrowly beating out South Umpqua by half a point. The league had two other champions, as well as three other placers to place the district third in the rankings, their best showing thus far. In 1980, led by Scappoose, Rainier and Tillamook, the league rose to be the second strongest in the state. In 1981, the league had three champions and two sec- ond placers to retain second. In 1983, with four cham- pions, the Cowapa League was the best in the state, where it was to stay for three more years. Tillamook contributed three of the individual championships in 1983 and placed second behind Phoenix at the state meet. The 1984 Tillamook team was the strongest the league has ever had, easily winning the state team cham- pionship. The team had three champions, two runners- up and three other placers for the seventh strongest finish in the history of the Double-A tournamentIn 1985, Tillamook tried to defend it's state title, but fell to Rainier, another Cowapa school that nosed Tillamook out of both the district and state champion- ships. Rainier and Tillamook each had three individual championships at this tournament, giving the league a total of six. Even though for many years the district was rela- tively weak, there were still many outstanding wres- tlers that came from the Cowapa League. Triple Crown winners have been Kelly Bledsoe of Rainier, Greg Strobel and Scott Ames of Scappoose and Jeff Seaney and Jack Vantress of Tillamook. Three-time state champions have been Strobel and Tom Lofland of Scappoose, and Walt Markee and Vantress of Tillamook. Two-time champions have been Don Schimmel, Joe Sloan and Bledsoe of Rainier, Tim Strobel and Ames of Scappoose, Jeff McCoy and Mike Pense of St. Helens and Doug Nicholson of Tillamook. Another outstanding wrestler from this league was Rainier's Rollin Schimmel who won an NAIA national title while wrestling for Eastern Oregon State College.