Eight Jacks move on to regional wrestling
Jackrabbit wrestler Iche Ramirez had strong motivation in last Saturday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference 2A District Wrestling Tournament in Ellensburg.
“I’m thinking of my dad in the hospital,” he said between matches. “I want to win it for him.”
His father recently suffered a stroke, but Ramirez kept his mind focused on wrestling as much as possible. He zoomed through the 182-pound division with an initial bye, a 5-4 decision over Damon Mattern of Toppenish, and then a 6-2 victory over Drew Anderson of Ephrata to earn a spot in the championship match.
There, he faced Ellensburg’s Tait Stevenson – the No. 1 rated 2A wrestler in the state in his weight class. Ramirez fought hard, but couldn’t overcome the talented Bulldog, losing 6-2 to finish second overall.
He’s one of eight Quincy wrestlers who qualified to move on to Saturday’s 2A Regional Wrestling Meet in Spokane. Teammate Rey Rubio also grabbed a second-place medal at 285 pounds. Rubio began with a bye, then ousted Cresencio Estrada of Wapato 8-0 and took down Chami Cantu of Othello 5-1.
In the championship match at 285 pounds, Rubio lost 9-3 to Jonathan Cuevas of Toppenish.
The top six places in each weight division go on to the regional tourney. Seventh-place finishers get alternate status for regional.
Here’s how other Quincy wrestlers fared:
Andy Reynolds won his first match by pinning Jesse Chilson of East Valley (Yakima) in 2:41. In his next match, Reynolds led Andrew Carney of Ellensburg by two points with two seconds left. However, Carney tied the contest just before the buzzer and won 4-2 in overtime.
“That was the toughest match of my life,” Reynolds said of going against Carney, who was third last year at the state meet.
After letting a potential victory against Carney get away, Reynolds didn’t waste any time in the consolation bracket. He pinned Eduardo Macias of Prosser in 2:37 and pinned D.J. Guzman of Othello in 1:46 to earn third place overall.
Tanner Wallace of Quincy had a fast start by pinning Evan Fischer of East Valley in 1:17. He lost 6-4 to Saul Godina of Toppenish, but defeated teammate Eliseo Valdovinos in the consolation bracket 10-0. Wallace followed by beating Mason Sherwood of Ellensburg 8-1, then lost 2-0 to Othello’s Collin Freeman to finish fourth in the tourney.
Victor Tafoya of Quincy finished fifth overall. After a bye, he lost 4-3 to Eduardo Rojas of Toppenish, but pinned Ryan Borello of East Valley in 2:28 in the consolation bracket. Tafoya lost 5-1 to Allen Rosalos of Othello before pinning Bryant Lucas of Selah in 27 seconds.
Raul Barajas finished fifth for the Jacks, although he had hoped to do better. Barajas has been bothered since early in the season by shoulder and knee injuries, and that plagued him again last week.
Barajas opened by pinning Efrain Rojas-Zarate of East Valley in 3:18. He beat Javier Gutierrez of Othello 3-1, but lost to Javier Hart of Toppenish 16-6.
Devon Salcedo of Quincy won his first match by the lopsided score of 16-2 over Bryan Lopez of Othello. After that, Salcedo lost to eventual weight division winner Carlos Lopez of Selah 5-0.
He rallied to pin Greg Vivar of Grandview in 2:11 and beat Bernie Garza Jr. to finish sixth in the weight class.
The Jacks’ Ray Robinson finished seventh to qualify for regionals as an alternate. Robinson opened by losing 6-2 to Landon Miller of Ellensburg, but rallied to beat David McKeehan with a pin at 2:52, then beat Andrew Showman of Prosser 13-11. He lost 7-3 after that to Othello’s Tyler Wagner.
–By Steve Kadel, email@example.com