Still perfect in CWAC
The Jacks just keep on winning league duals. The boys in green and gold rolled their Central Washington Athletic Conference record to 5-0 and are tied with Toppenish atop the standings.
Quincy defeated Prosser and Grandview their last two outings and will travel to East Valley on Thursday.
Quincy 56, Grandview 22
126-pound Devon Salcedo scored the only points in the first round against fellow freshman Case Graf of Grandview – a two-point takedown. The second round was a different story as Salcedo put Graf to his back for a pin at the two-minute, 54-second mark.
“He has a wrestling sense and a knack for pressure,” said coach Greg Martinez.
The coach also commended senior 138-pounder Jesus Guzman after his win. He returned to the mat after two weeks on the sidelines. He controlled almost the entire match and built a 10-0 lead. But a slip-up led to a reversal by Clay Miller in the second period. Guzman found himself with his back to the mat, but he scored his own reversal and followed that with a pin at the 3:44 mark.
“He didn’t panic, rolled his head out and got the pin,” said Martinez.
The Jacks won seven of the 11 matches wrestled and accepted three forfeits to keep their win streak alive in the CWAC. Quincy had wins from Victor Salgado (106), Salcedo (126), Guzman (138), Ricardo Estrada (145), Andy Vargas (160), Cade Wallace (195) and Rey Rubio (285). The three forfeits came from Raul Barajas (132), Iche Ramirez (170) and Stephen Gomez (182).
Quincy 59, Prosser 24
Rubio is not the type of kid to talk about himself, so he lets his actions speak for themselves.
Whether or not the sophomore is looking for the spotlight he has quietly built a 4-0 league record this season in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. This may put Rubio, who lost 10 pounds before qualifying for his 285-pound weight bracket, in the spotlight by season’s end.
Last Thursday he appeared to have met his match in Prosser’s AJ Howe. Both wrestlers weighed in at 280 pounds, but Howe had a distinct height advantage, standing at 6-feet, 5-inches. Rubio is 5-11. Howe used that advantage to grab the first takedown.
“When I first saw him I was scared,” Rubio said.
But the nerves quickly settled once Rubio scored an escape. A few seconds later he picked up a takedown and that turned into a pin just 96 seconds into the match.
“He kind of quit,” Rubio said.
The win gave the Jacks a 35-0 lead after six bouts.
The first win of the night came from Vargas at 160 pounds. He earned a technical decision over Sa’id Bin Daar by a score of 18-3 midway though the third round. In the first period alone he built a 14-2 lead after three takedowns and three nearfalls. He grabbed one takedown in the second period and his third-period takedown extended his lead by 15 points to end the match.
“I could have had the pin in the first round, but I wanted to work my moves,” Vargas said. “I was just trying to work my moves to get ready for the post season.”
Quincy accepted five forfeits and got pins from Ramirez at 170-pounds and Salgado, 113 pounds and Mercado at 120 pounds. The Jacks also had a surprise pin at 132 pounds. Carlos Guadarrama fell behind 11-3 and Prosser’s Peyton Sperl looked to put him to his back for the third time, but he pinned himself.
“That is the third (self-pin) I’ve seen,” said coach Greg Martinez. “It was good for Carlos. He pressured back in and put that kid in a bad position.”
The ref looked down, saw Sperl’s shoulders on the mat and Quincy pulled a head 53-12.
The Jacks went on to win six of the 10 contested matches and kept their CWAC win streak alive.
“It was a league win, which is good,” Martinez said. “It is hard to come back after a hard win versus Selah on Tuesday. We still have work to do.
“We need to keep our head down and work for the big goals.”
Kurtis J. Wood, email@example.com