Jack wrestlers young but hungry
After sending five wrestlers to last year’s state tournament, Quincy High School boys coach Greg Martinez has a challenge this season: how to mold a squad heavy with underclassmen into a competitive team.
He considers it an opportunity rather than a problem.
“I told our kids that last year we graduated eight of the 14 varsity spots,” Martinez said this week. “It’s next man up. Who will have the attitude to help us do well?”
Evidently there are several candidates for that role. The coach has been pleased with the effort shown during preseason practices.
“We’re working hard,” Martinez said. “These kids are putting in the time and effort.”
He expects the Jackrabbits to get leadership from senior Iche Ramirez, whose brother Antonio Melendez Ramirez, now graduated, is a former state champion.
Raul Barajas and Rey Rubio, a pair of juniors, also will be counted on. Barajas got state tournament experience as a freshman, and Rubio earned a spot in the heavyweight division at last year’s state meet.
This has been a busy week for the Jacks, who began elimination rounds Monday and Tuesday leading to Wednesday’s Green and Gold Challenge beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the high school gym. The results will determine who makes the varsity squad for Saturday’s Bob Mars Invitational at Kennewick High School.
Quincy High’s wrestling program has earned respect over the decades. Its success is evident on the Wall of Champions – a display in the wrestling practice room that lists the names of every Quincy wrestler who placed at the state tournament. That includes 18 place-winners from 1956 through 1996, Martinez said, and 65 place-winners from 1997 through last year.
He believes the winning tradition goes back to the mid-1980s when Quincy began a youth wrestling program, something other towns lacked.
“That was the start,” Martinez said. “When those kids came through (high school) it led to success.”
Those who have turned out for the boys team to continue that trend are Arturo Arroyo, freshman; Abraham Avalos, senior; Barajas; Eduardo Beas, freshman; Colby Benefiel, sophomore; Erik Blancas, sophomore; Eriberto Buenrostro, senior; Jesus Buenrostro, freshman; Felipe Cardenas, freshman; German Carrillo, junior; Damion Casillas, freshman; Salvador Chavarin, freshman; Erik Cristostomo, freshman; Daniel Cruz, junior; Martin Cuali, junior; Jose Delgado, senior; Geo Garcia, junior; Eddie Garibay, junior; Brian Guadarrama, freshman; Diego Hernandez, junior; Hunter Harrington, freshman; Chris Ibarra, sophomore; and Diego Lopez-Olmeda, sophomore.
Also battling for team spots are Victor Mata, freshman; Derek Martinez, sophomore; Adalberto, Nunez, freshman; Eduardo Ochoa, junior; Leonardo Ochoa, freshman; Chris Quintero, freshman; Adan Ramirez, freshman; Efren Ramirez, freshman; Miguel Ramirez, sophomore; Natanael Ramirez, freshman; Roberto Ramirez, sophomore; Iche Ramirez; Exzavior Reyes, sophomore; Alberto Rodriguez, sophomore; Chrystian Rodriguez, sophomore; Ray Robinson, sophomore; Rubio; Devon Salcedo, sophomore; Jeronimo Silvas, sophomore; Julian Trejo, sophomore; Alberto Trujillo, freshman; Eliseo Valdovinos, freshman; Juan Velazquez, freshman; Victor Tafoya, sophomore; Tanner Wallace, junior; and Tom Workinger, freshman.
— by Steve Kadel, email@example.com