Forfeits put Quincy ahead of Grandview
It’s like that old saying we all learn as kids when our parents stop letting us get away with victory: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
And, in the case of the Quincy Jacks wrestling team, sometimes you do both at once.
Wrestling a short-handed Grandview squad on Jan. 3, the Jacks went on the mat seven times against the Greyhounds, losing five matches.
Grandview, however, showed up with several holes on its lineup, allowing the Jacks to collect 30 points on five forfeits.
The forfeits allowed Quincy to take the dual by a score of 39-18.
The night began with Grandview’s Angel Morales outpointing Oswaldo Perez of Quincy 4-2, at 132 lbs. Nate Ramirez pinned Grandview’s Jaime Tovar in the first period, at 145 lbs.
Alec Douglas pinned Quincy’s freshman Caleb Etue 7-4 at 182 lbs., while fellow frosh Miguel Martinez defeated Grandview’s Martin Garcia, 7-0, at 285 lbs.
At 120 lbs., Jose Buenrostro lost to Grandview’s Damian Monreal, 4-0. At 126 lbs. Jesus Buenrostro lost to Grandview’s Jesus Sanchez, 10-4.
At 138 lbs., Grandview’s David Saunders pinned Gregory Berndt in the third period.
All the other matches ended up with Quincy wrestlers winning by forfeit: Mykenzi Realme, Ruben Vargas, Damian Casillas, Jose Avila and Salvador Chavarin all earned six points each without breaking a sweat.
The win left an unpleasant taste in some of the fans’ mouths, not to mention coach Greg Martinez.
“As much as we like to win matches, we also like to win on the mat,” he said. “That’s where I wanted our focus to be on, winning on the mat, and that didn’t happen tonight. Granted, they gave us a lot of forfeits and some of our best wrestlers didn’t get to wrestle, but nonetheless, I still don’t think we wrestled to our potential.”
A couple of days later, the team traveled to Cheney for the Blackhawk Invite, the team showed more energy again.
Avila finished second at 195 lbs., Casillas finished third at 132 lbs., Jose Buenrostro finished fourth at 120 lbs. and Ramirez finished fourth at 152 lbs. Realme finished fourth at 170 lbs., Perez finished fifth at 138 lbs., and Miguel Martinez finished sixth at 285 lbs.
Next up for the Jacks is a home match against Selah at 6 p.m. on Jan. 11, and another home meet on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. against Ephrata.
The latter dual against the Tigers is also expected to be the Jacks’ Senior Night.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org