Jacks win three of four duals
John Lindquist set the tone Thursday night against visiting Wapato with a first-period pin. After a takedown and a three-point near fall, the senior recorded one of eight pins by the Jacks.
Quincy, in their return to the Central Washington Athletic Conference, won 60-16 over the Wolves.
“It was a good start,” said coach Greg Martinez. “The kids are starting with more pressure and working on more pins. Our seniors came out to make a statement and they did.
“They made the coaches look good tonight,” he added.
Senior Ricardo Estrada was a bit nervous last Thursday, not so much about his first match of the season, but the weigh-in prior to the match. He was slated to wrestle in the 145-pound exactly bracket.
“I was a little (nervous) when the weigh-in came around,” he said. “I was 145-flat. I’m happy I made my weight.”
He went on to record a second-period pin against Wapato’s Agustin Garcia. The match opened with a takedown and near fall by Estrada in the first round. He extended his lead in the second round after countering a throw attempt by Garcia, building a 10-0 lead and ultimately the pin at the three-minute, 24-second mark.
“He got me in the head and arm,” Estrada said. “I tried to get a head and arm, but I changed it to half.”
Tanner Wallace stepped onto the mat for his 152-pound bout and found himself with an extra obstacle against Diego Castenada – a short, but stout opponent. Despite controlling the match from the opening whistle, Wallace had a difficult time getting the pin.
“He was really hard to turn, because he’s got a wide base,” Wallace said. “I tried to jake leg him.”
That did not work. But he was able to jump out to a 6-1 lead after the first period and extended his lead to 10-4 after the second round. The wrestlers started the third round in the neutral position and Wallace grabbed his third takedown of the match. But this time he was able to put Castenda on his back for the pin at the 4:54 mark.
“We condition. We are one of the best conditioned teams in the state,” Wallace said. “By the end he was just tired and I finally found a move to pin him. I started with a barbwire and he brought his arm up and I finished with a half nelson.”
The win gave the Jacks an 18-0 lead. Quincy kept up the pace as Andy Vargas (160), Steven Gomez (182), Cade Wallace (195) and Rey Rubio (285) also won by pin. In between, Iche Ramirez won by forfeit and Sammy Rodriguez won by injury default as the Jacks built a 54-0 lead.
Wapato won the next four matches, but Quincy capped the night with a pin by Jesus Guzman over Emmanuel Canales in the third round. He was leading 11-2, before he put Canales to his back for the fall at the 5:25 mark.
The Jacks had eight seniors in the varsity lineup and seven won their matches.
“It was really good for our first match,” Estrada said. “I think we made a statement, but theres still more work to do.”
Warden 35, Quincy 33
The day after the Jacks dismantled the Wolves, they hosted perennial power Warden and lost 35-33. The Jacks picked up wins in seven of their 14 matches, but still lost by two points.
“(It was a) complete opposite of last night,
Warden fought back and we folded a bit,” Martinez said. “(We are) going to work some of that out in practice tomorrow.”
The Jacks picked up wins from Gomez (forfeit), C. Wallace (pin), Salgado (decision), Lindquist (decision), Estrada (decision), Vargas (pin) and Ramirez (pin).
Quincy 73, Cascade 0
The Jacks blanked the host Kodiaks on Monday. Quincy won all 14 matches, including eight by pin, one technical decision, one regular decision and three forfeits.
The pins came from Daniel Cruz, Salgado, Guzman, Estrada, Vargas, Gomez, C. Wallace and Rodriguez.
Quincy 44, Ellensburg 25
Quincy added their second CWAC win of the season on Tuesday. In the process, the Jacks may have shown how tough they are with four duels in six days. The win Tuesday was in Ellensburg.
The Jacks picked up eight wins in 14 matches and recorded five pins. The pins came from Cruz, Guzman, Vargas, Ramirez and Rodriguez.
“Some big wins,” said Martinez. “The kids understood due match concept. (They) kept matches close when we needed and got big points when we needed.”
– By Kurtis J. Wood, email@example.com