Jacks split a pair of matches
Quincy’s boys wrestling team scored a commanding 65-10 victory over East Valley on Jan. 14 before falling 45-21 to a strong Toppenish squad Tuesday night at home.
Raul Barajas started things against Toppenish by taking a 5-2 decision over Alexis Rubio in their 132-pound match.
Toppenish ripped off victories in the next five matches to take control, 24-3.
Iche Ramirez gave the Jacks a 4-3 win at 182 pounds and Quincy freshman Damion Casillas decisioned the Wildcats’ Anthony Pinon, 5-2.
Casillas used points from a near-fall, a takedown and an escape to win his second consecutive match. He fought back from a 2-0 deficit for the victory.
The young Jack wrestled for Quincy Junior High last year, but admitted he wasn’t a star.
“I wasn’t very good,” he said after Tuesday’s win. “I don’t remember winning any matches. I’m working harder now and being disciplined.”
He also has a secret weapon in his sister, Cynthia Ramirez, who finished sixth for Quincy in the 2013 girls state wrestling meet — the first Lady Jack to earn a state medal.
“He’s very dedicated,” she said of Damion. “Whenever he has questions he’ll come and ask me about it.”
Damion savored his triumph while sitting with family members in the grandstands late in Tuesday’s match.
Quincy coach Greg Martinez called Toppenish one of the best teams in the Central Washington Athletic Conference.
“They’re pretty tough,” he said. “They have six or seven guys who are ranked statewide.”
Asked about his precocious freshman, the coach smiled and said, “It comes with the family.”
Martinez said the team was more competitive against Toppenish than it would have been earlier in the season.
“I’m proud of the kids,” he said. “They fought hard. These matches will help us know what it’s like to wrestle tough opponents.”
Quincy 65, East Valley 10
Six Jack wrestlers pinned their opponents Jan. 14 as Quincy polished off visiting East Valley.
Tanner Wallace, Ray Robinson and Victor Tafoya all had pins. After Andy Reynolds won a decision over East Valley’s Jesse Chilson at 195 pounds, Quincy’s Rey Rubio got a pin in 285-pound action. Quincy also got a pin from Casillas at 106 pounds.
Quincy’s Julian Trejo won by decision, and Barajas won by technical fall in the 132-pound category.
— By Steve Kadel, email@example.com