Quincy grapplers seek to peak at the right time
The Quincy Jacks followed up a a stinging loss to Ephrata on their own Senior Night Jan. 17 with a first-place finish in the PanCan Invitational Tournament at Highline High School on Jan. 19 and a laudable showing at Othello on Jan. 22.
“The boys bounced back and wrestled a great weekend,” Quincy head coach Greg Martinez wrote in a text message.
The Jacks won the eighth annual tournament for the first time in their history, besting their third-place finish from two years ago. The Jacks wrestled Oak Harbor, Bonney Lake, Skyline and Decatur in duals. Quincy won all four duals, and seven Quincy wrestlers finished undefeated.
Jose Avila, Ruben Vargas, D’Angelo Aguilar, Jesus Buenrostro and Oswaldo Perez finished 4-0, while Efren Ramirez and Adan Ramirez each won one match by forfeit.
Perez pinned all four of his opponents, and Buenrostro pinned three.
Perez pinned Vernados Barber of Oak Harbor in the second period, Blake Koeller of Bonney Lake in the first period, Chris Lee of Skyline in the first period, and Sennai Heyliger in the first period.
“He had a good weekend, and he was actually considering not going, because of homework,” Martinez said in an interview. When the trip switched from an overnight to a day-trip, the journey became a little more manageable for Perez, so he changed his mind and went.
Buenrostro wrestled at 126 lbs. and beat Oak Harbor’s Jakob Dailey, 10-6, pinned Tanner Pecheos of Bonney Lake in the first period, Jessica Sun of Skyline in the first period, and Jameson Karmell of Decatur in the first period.
Avila wrestled at 195 lbs, and won by forfeit against Oak Harbor, then pinned Brock Holcomb of Bonney Lake in the first period, Preston Stampfi of Skyline in the first period, and Carlos Lopez of Decatur in the third period.
Vargas wrestled at 285 against Oak Harbor’s Deandre Bennett and pinned him in the third round, then won by forfeit against Bonney Lake and Skyline at 220 lbs. before outpointing Mitchell Sampson of Decatur, 8-4.
Martinez said that the team has several 220-pounders, so he and Vargas talked about putting “Boy” at 285 against Bennett and get the forfeit points by putting Adan Ramirez at 220.
Vargas was enthusiastic from the start, but Martinez was a little more cautious, not wanting to put one of his standouts in danger of getting flattened by a giant. Vargas ended up convincing his coach, and using his speed and agility to pin Bennett in the third round.
Aguilar pinned Oak Harbor’s Shamus Warden in the third period at 113 lbs., won by forfeit against Bonney Lake, pinned Skyline’s Eliana Berret in the third period, and won by forfeit against Decatur.
Hunter Harrington and Mykenzi Realme both finished with 3-1 records. Harrington pinned Oak Harbor’s Ethan Pace in the second period and Eric Hernandez of Bonney Lake in the first period. He won by forfeit against Skyline and lost to Michael Rhea of Decatur by pin in the first period.
Realme pinned Brandon Liberty of Oak Harbor in the third period, lost to Bonney Lake’s Kelly Hickson, 11-7, won by forfeit against Skyline, and pinned Jose Flores of Decatur in the first period.
Against Ephrata, the team had looked gassed in the third period of several matches, with wrestlers bent at the waist during breaks in the action. Martinez promised his pupils after the loss that a set of intense practices would follow, and the work paid off.
The Jacks followed their impressive performance at the PanCan, with a trip to Othello, in which they lost 42-36 due in part to three forfeits.
On the mat, the Jacks won seven matches to Othello’s four.
Damion Casillas outpointed Roberto Ramirez of Othello 13-8, Salvador Chavarin pinned Othello’s Nicholas Alvarez.
Realme pinned Anthony Veliz, and Jose Avila pinned Othello’s Jack Purdy.
Vargas outpointed Othello’s Elijah Roylance, 8-1 and Jose Buenrostro pinned Othello’s Andres Cantu, while Jesus Buenrostro pinned Kyler Freeman.
Othello’s Bernabe Garza, Jr. pinned Quincy’s Caleb Etue and Nate Ramirez lost by pin to the Huskies’ Nate Garza.
Paden Wallace lost by pin to Othello’s Jovani Espindola, and Greg Berndt lost by pin to Othello’s Arturo Solorio.
Next up is a double-dual at Ellensburg against the Bulldogs and East Valley-Yakima on Jan. 24, the last hurdle before districts, at Wapato in early February.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org