Jacks place seven at Bob Mars Invite
The Quincy wrestling team kicked off their 2014/15 season with a third-place finish at the Bob Mars Invite at Kennewick High School on Saturday.
The team tied for the most placers, seven, with Southridge and most wins by pin, 14, with Zillah. They trailed only first-place Othello and second-place Chiawana in the standings. Quincy also had a pair of finalists, Iche Ramirez and Steven Gomez.
“It ended up being a pretty solid day,” said coach Greg Martinez.
Both Ramirez and Gomez placed second, while the other five placers were John Lindquist (3rd), Victor Salgado (4th), Rey Rubio (4th), Andy Vargas (5th) and Jesus Guzman (6th).
170-Ramirez opened the tournament with a 4-2 decision over Kamiakin’s Zach Borisch and followed that with a 5-2 win over Edgar Martinez of Othello to reach the quarterfinals. This was the first varsity tournament of his career. Last season he was behind his brother and eventual state 160-pound champion Antonio Melendez.
“It was really a fun experience,” Ramirez said. “It was my first varsity wrestling tournament. Last season I had to challenge Antonio, the state champion, for a varsity spot.”
On Saturday he was focused on just getting wins, no matter if it was by decision or pin.
“I wanted to at least get third or fourth or somewhere close,” Ramirez said, “I tried to not feel anything and just focus on what I was going to do.”
One goal was to score first in each match. He accomplished that goal in his first three matches.
“I always try to get the first takedown,” he said. “That’s what I focused on. I got all the first takedowns, besides in the finals.”
He tacked on one more win in the semifinals, a 7-4 victory over Isiah Calaway of Kiona-Benton, before reaching the finals. KiBe’s Kareem Johnson won the title by a score of 7-3.
182-Gomez took the pin or be pinned approach on Saturday. He strung together a trio of first- and second-round pins to reach the finals. He opened with a second-period fall against Riverside’s Ricardo Mendoza, followed by a second-period pin against Kennewick’s Ronny Loomis and finally a second-period fall against Sam Bliss of Pendleton. Gomez said he has several pinning combinations, but one seemed to present itself on Saturday.
“I’m going to pin as much as I can,” said. Gomez. “I don’t usually look for the half, but it seemed to to be open (this weekend).”
In the finals he was pinned by Jessie Hegar of Riverside in the second round. Gomez said he was caught in a cradle, but otherwise he had a good tournament.
“I can’t complain. I thought I wrestled good, but you are going to get caught on little mistakes and I kept my knee to my head and he cradled me.”
138-Lindquist won his first two matches by pin. He started with a first-period fall against Adrian Suarez of Moses Lake and another first-period pin against Scott Chambers of Pendleton. He was pinned in his third match by David Ramos of Kennewick in the third period, but came back to snare third place with a major decision over Allan Cruz of Chiawana.
113-Salgado grabbed pins against Caleb Alvarado of Moses Lake and Sebastian Barajas of Wahluke to reach the quarterfinals. Both falls came in the second period. He lost to Logan DeLeon of Wapato 3-1 and lost to Christen Knopp 3-0 to place fourth.
285-Rubio opened with a first-period pin against Cheme Cantu of Othello and followed that with a 3-0 win versus Nick Little of Kamiakin. He lost to eventual champion Nic Workman of Richland by pin and lost to Tanner Cook of KiBe 11-3 to place fourth.
160-Vargas opened with a 6-3 loss to Corey Johnson of Chiawana, but bounced back with four straight wins. It started with a second-period pin against Moises Cardenas of Othello, then a 5-0 win over JD Peters of Pendleton, followed by an 8-0 major decision over Beau Mauseth of Moses Lake and finally a pin over Tegaan Ochoa of Zillah.
132-Guzman opened with a pin over Shadrach Webb of Walla Walla, but followed that with a 9-6 loss to Alex Ramos of Kennewick. He bounced back with an 8-2 win over Andrew Figueroa of Wenatchee and a 4-0 win over Cristian Fanela of Wahluke. In his final match he was pinned by Elijah Conlan of Riverside.
The girls wrestled in a round-robin style format at the Bob Mars Invite on Saturday.
Kateri Rowell and Zahlee Stephens both won two of three matches.
Rowell, who wrestles at 110 pounds, won her first two matches. She opened with a second-period pin, via a half nelson, against Pasco’s Jazmine Ruiz. Her second win was a first-period fall against Hailey Cross of Southridge. She lost her final match to Pasco’s Laura Maldonado, 8-4. The two entered the third period tied at 4-4.
“It was honestly a pretty good match, but Kateri was a little tired,” said coach Troy Stephens.
At 125 pounds, Zahlee Stephens opened with a pin over Abelita Negrete of Othello. She was leading 9-0 before the pin. Her second match was an 11-5 decision against an unknown wrestler from Kiona-Benton. In her last match she was defeated by Jenifer C of Pasco by a score of 3-0. The only points came in the third period off a cheap tilt in the final 30 seconds.
Others: Dezarae Westra was pinned by KiBe’s Maria Mondragon in the second round. She was able to pick up a win with a first-period pin against Rade McKune of Kennewick.
Mia Villarreal went 1-1 and Clarivel Gamboa went 0-2.
– Kurtis J. Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org