Jacks find way to down Vikings
Victor Salgado found himself outmatched and down 4-0 to Selah’s Carlos Cortez during Tuesday’s CWAC matchup with the Vikings. But with 12 seconds to go in the second period, something started to click with the senior 113-pounder. He picked up a reversal and went into the final two minutes down 4-2 and with a little momentum.
“The coaches told me to have confidence, believe in myself and keep shooting,” Salgado said. “I was nervous. That guy was supposed to be ranked third in the state.”
The late reversal swayed Cortez into choosing a neutral position for both wrestlers and Salgado took advantage. It did not take long for Salgado to get his first takedown of the match and shortly after, he broke the 4-4- tie with a pin at the five-minute, 19-second mark. He used a half-nelson for the pin.
“I decided to shoot with a minute until the end (of the match),” Salgado said.
The Jacks took a 21-4 lead.
Quincy went on to win 42-26 and roll their CWAC record to 3-0.
Ricardo Estrada faced similar circumstances against James Garcia. He was out-gunned in the first two rounds and was facing a 3-1 deficit. But he picked up a quick escape in the third and kept pushing. Garcia was given a stall warning and Estrada made his move with a late takedown for a 4-3 win and a 29-21 Quincy lead.
“I felt like if I had lost it would have affected the team score,” Estrada said. “At the last second (I shot). I took the risk and got it.”
A couple matches later, Iche Ramirez sealed the team victory with a first-round pin against Colon Redifeldt. After his takedown he rolled over Redifeldt with an arm bar and Quincy took the insurmountable lead at 38-26. Steven Gomez closed out the match with a 9-0 win over Tommy Lund and the team score rolled to 42-26.
“I just try to tune people out and focus on my moves. Do the things I’m good at,” Ramirez said. “We just want to show the CWAC what we’re made of.”
The Jacks won nine of the 14 matches, picked up four pins and remained in first place in the CWAC. Quincy also had wins from John Lindquist, Andy Vargas, Cade Wallace, Sammy Rodriguez and Rey Rubio.
“The boys wrestled well,” said coach Greg Martinez. “They were not quite as aggressive on the top as I like.”
He did say his wrestlers showed they were in better shape with a couple of the matches won late in the third period.
“That’s why we push and do what we do,” Martinez added.
Andy Vargas and Iche Ramirez brought home individual championships on Saturday at the Cat Classic at Eastmont High School. The Jacks had six other placers, including Victor Salgado (2nd), Rey Rubio (3rd), Mario Mercado (5th), John Lindquist (5th), Tanner Wallace (5th) and Steven Gomez (5th).
Vargas, a 160-pound senior, opened the day with a second-period pin against Joe Zehnder of Wenatchee and followed up with a second period pin against Ellensburg’s Cade Stevenson. He moved in the semifinals where he defeated Cashmere’s Bryant Bubel 6-5. In the finals he edged out top-seeded Derek McClune of Eastmont 3-2.
Ramirez entered the tournament as the number one seed and cruised into the finals against 3A and 4A opponents. He started with a 15-9 decision over Hector Ruiz of Richland, followed by a 14-4 major decision against Dillon Blair of Wenatchee and then a first-period pin over Logan Moore of Glacier Peak in the semifinals. Ramirez won the 170-pound title after a 7-1 decision over Cascade’s James Sandelin.
Salagao opened with a bye and followed that with a third-period pin over West Valley’s Jamie Plumlee and a 9-4 win over Josh Vail of Glacier Peak in the semifinals. He settled for second place after losing to Eastmont’s Julian Arellano 7-1.
Team scores: Glacier Peak 168, Ellensburg 139, Ephrata 135.5, Kamiakin 124.5, Quincy 124.5, Eisenhower 121, Eastmont 120, Richland 118, Davis 106, West Valley 72, Cashmere 70, Chelan 63, Cascade 51, Wenatchee 19, East Valley 0.
The Jacks brought five to the finals at the Vashon Island Rock Tournament on Dec. 30, but managed just two titles. Quincy also brought home a second-place team finish among the 15 schools.
182-pound Steven Gomez and 285-pound Rey Rubio were the last guys standing in their weight brackets last Tuesday.
Gomez opened with a bye and followed that with a 35-second pin over Blaine’s Saul Magallon. He also pinned Jasen Bergesen of Everett in the second round of the semifinals. In the finals he defeated Anthony Louthan of Montesano 4-2.
Rubio pinned his way into the finals. The sophomore opened with a third-period fall over Cash Hatem of Everett, followed by a first-period pin against Efren Lopez of Zillah and won his semifinals with a 75-second pin against Hazen Kapp of LaCenter. In the finals he defeated Tristan Tamua of Forks 4-2.
The second-place finishers were Salgado, Lindquist and Vargas. Other placers were Cade Wallace (3rd), Raul Barajas (4th), and Ramirez (5th).
Team scores: Kelso 174, Quincy 170.5, Forks 157, Everett 152.5, Montesano 142, Lakeside 113, Deer Park 111.5, Blaine 108.5, Vashon 105.5, Lake Stevens 89, Rochester 61, LaCenter 57, Zillah 42, Elma 35, Mt. Baker 28.
-Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register