Boys wrestling team takes second at Cashmere
The Quincy Jacks boys wrestling team showed plenty of grit and toughness amid a stout slate of opponents at Cashmere’s annual invitational tourney.
The Jacks finished in second place, behind tourney champs Mount Baker, missing on first place by half a point.
The Jacks finished with 164.5 points to the Mountaineers’ 165. Seventeen teams participated in the event, Dec. 15, with the green-and-gold wrestlers leaving behind such strong programs as Warden (third place) and Tonasket (12th place).
Damian Casillas finished in first place at 132 lbs., defeating Hunter Mallicoat of La Center in the finals, in a thriller, 12-11.
Casillas advanced to the finals after prevailing in the semifinals against Cascade-Leavenworth’s Jace Seely, 2-0 in overtime.
In the second round, Casillas defeated Tonasket’s Blaize Wallis by pin. In the first round, Casillas pinned Cashmere’s Aaron Guerrero.
Ruben “Gato Nuevo” Vargas finished in first place at 220 lbs. after defeating Lake Roosevelt’s Steven Flowers, 9-3 in the finals.
The wrestler formerly known as “Boy” Vargas (who asked for the new nickname as a tribute to former teammate Devon “El Gato” Salcedo) reached the finals after getting a first-round bye, defeating Flowers’ teammate Trevor Johnson by pin and Sultan’s Tyler Deason 10-1.
Victor Mata finished in second place at 170 lbs., losing to Hoquiam’s Brady Cummings in the finals by tech fall, 16-1.
Mata qualified for the finals after beating Connell’s David Avitia by forfeit in the first round, Cascade-Leavenworth’s Jose Valdez 6-3 in the second round and Elijah Burnell of Oroville in the semis, 11-10.
Jose Avila finished second at 195 lbs., losing in the finals to Connell’s Conner Niel by pin.
In the first round, Avila had a bye. In the second round, he beat Octavio Andrade of Connell by pin, and then in the semifinals, he pinned Angel Mendoza of Chelan.
Jose Buenrostro finished tied for third with Hoquiam’s Xavier Garcia.
After a first-round bye, the scrappy Buenrostro beat La Center’s Mitchell France by pin, before losing to Jake Anderson of Mount Baker by pin. In the consolation bracket, Buenrostro pinned France again.
Nate Ramirez finished tied for third with Warden’s Holden Haworth at 152 lbs. Ramirez pinned Lake Roosevelt’s Tyler Palmer and Omak’s Anthony Cardona before losing to eventual runner-up Seth Baugher of Oroville, 11-8.
In the consolation bracket, Ramirez outpointed Cashmere’s Whelan Gillikin, 14-5.
Salvador Chavarin finished tied for third place at 160 lbs. with Austin Brock of Tonasket.
Chavarin beat Brock in the first round 1-0 before defeating Duncan Palmgren of Hoquiam 11-3.
Then, Chavarin lost to eventual champion Erik Alcala of Chelan by pin before defeating Mount Baker’s Colby Wagar, 9-0.
Gregory Berndt finished with a 1-2 record at 138 lbs. Miguel Martinez finished with an 0-2 record at 285 lbs. Paden Wallace finished with a 2-2 record at 145 lbs.
Next up for the Jacks was a trip to Selah Dec. 19 and then the Cat Classic at Eastmont Dec. 29.
Wrestling at the Cat Classic is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com