Eight wrestlers advance to regional tourney
The Quincy Jacks wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers to the regional round of postseason last Feb. 2 at Wapato High School.
Ruben Vargas, Damion Casillas, Mykenzi Realme, Jose Avila, Victor Mata, Salvador Chavarin, Hunter Harrington and Nate Ramirez advanced to this weekend’s tournament in Ellensburg, with Chavarin and Vargas finishing as district runners-up and the Jacks finishing in fifth place as a team.
Chavarin finished second at 145 lbs., Vargas finished second at 220 lbs., Avila finished third at 195 lbs., Ramirez finished fourth at 152 lbs., Harrington finished fourth at 182 lbs., Casillas finished fifth at 132 lbs., Realme finished fifth at 160, Mata finished sixth at 170 lbs.
Quincy head coach Greg Martinez said he was glad with the result, but wished a couple more wrestlers had advanced.
“It went like it was supposed to go,” he said. The team took 21 wrestlers and he said 10 wrestlers advancing would have been ideal. To get to 10, a couple of wrestlers would have had to beat people “they hadn’t beaten all year,” he said.
Martinez praised the Buenrostro brothers, Jose and Jesus for working hard all year, and lamented that neither one made it to regionals.
“I really would have loved if one of my Buenrostros had made it through,” he said, noting that they both had strong varsity seasons this year. He also praised Brian Guadarrama, who fell one match short of qualifying, ending in eighth place at 152 lbs.
At Regionals, the Jacks will try to make it past a crowded field of stout Spokane-area teams like Cheney, East Valley, and the always-tough squads from the CWAC such as Toppenish and Othello, both of which finished first and second at districts, Selah and Ephrata, which finished third and fourth.
“It is a one-day, tough-as-nails tournament,” Martinez said. “Outside of the state tournament, you’re not going to get anything tougher.”
A scheduling conflict with a basketball game at EHS moved the wrestling up from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.,with an 8 a.m. weigh-in and a bus departure at 6:30 a.m.
“So now we have some kids waking up before they normally would on a school day, and that just adds to the chaos of the postseason,” Martinez said. Ellensburg is expecting five inches of snow that morning, he added.
“If we have a really good regional tournament, we’ll get four guys to state.” Quincy advanced one wrestler to state in 2017 and three qualified in 2018, but only two made the trip as Vargas was kicked off the team just before the Mat Classic.
Now Vargas has a chance to redeem himself in his junior year.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com