Inexperience hurts QHS wrestlers
Inexperience showed Saturday as Quincy High School’s boys wrestling team placed 15th of 18 teams at the Bob Mars Invitational at Kennewick.
“The tournament weekend truly showed our youth,” Quincy coach Greg Martinez said. “Of the 11 varsity wrestlers that participated in the varsity section, only five of them had previous varsity experience. Of the five varsity wrestlers, they only had about 60 varsity matches during the previous season, with 40 of those matches coming from one wrestler.”
Kamiakin won the meet with 213 points, well ahead of runner-up Othello with 122. Six Kamiakin wrestlers made it to the final round with 12 athletes placing. Quincy scored a total of 14 points after five victories and 22 losses during the day.
In 285-pound action, Rey Rubio defeated Tristan Larkins of Walla Walla in the first round, but lost to Chandler Fluaitt of Moses Lake in the second round.
Robert Ramirez of Quincy defeated Jose Mondragon of Wapato before losing in the next round in the 182-pound division.
Tanner Wallace, a Quincy junior, upended Mateo Tome in the initial matchup at 152 pounds. He, too, lost in the second round.
Geo Garcia of Quincy got the best of Kennewick’s Jesse Godsill at 145 pounds.
“We are proud of the kids that took the mat,” Martinez said. “They wrestled hard and were aggressive. Not a single one of them looked scared or like they didn’t want to be there. As those wrestlers get more experience they are only going to get tougher.”
The junior varsity wrestlers had what the coach called a “solid” weekend and won about 65 percent of their matches.”
The team’s next home competition comes Monday at 7 p.m. against Cascade. Ellensburg is scheduled to visit the Jacks’ gym Tuesday in another 7 p.m. match.
“We are entering a tough schedule with four matches in six days,” Martinez said. “However, we look forward to taking the mat and getting experience for our wrestlers. Our first home match of the season will be Monday night when we host Cascade. We would love to have a large, rowdy crowd to cheer our wrestlers on.”
The Jacks were without the services of junior Raul Barajas at the Bob Mars meet due to a pulled tendon he suffered Dec. 2 during the Green and Gold Challenges. He hopes to be back for the Cascade meet as well as the Ellensburg competition.
“We dominated (Cascade) last year and also beat Ellensburg,” Barajas said.
He has a special reason for wanting to be healthy in time for Ellensburg. That team has a wrestler who defeated Barajas twice last year and Barajas plans a little payback.
Bob Mars Invitational
1. Kamiakin, 213 points; 2. Othello, 122; 3. Eisenhower, 120.5; 4. Chiawana, 119; 6. Pendleton, Ore., 101; 7. Wapato, 95; 8. Moses Lake, 85.5; 9. tie between Kennewick and Zillah, 73; 11. tie between Kiona-Benton and Walla Walla, 70.5; 13. Wenatchee, 66; 14. Riverside, 54.5; 15. Quincy, 14; 16. Riverview, 6; 17. Columbia-Burbank, 1; 18. Southridge, 0.
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com