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Posted on Jan 17, 2019

Solid Selah squad sinks Quincy boys’ wrestling hopes

The Quincy Jacks boys wrestling team lost to a stout Selah team, 39-23, on Jan. 11.
The Jacks took to the mat one of their fuller lineups of the season so far, yielding only one match by forfeit, at 106 lbs. Every other category had a Quincy wrestler suiting up.
Despite the loss and the opponent’s caliber, the Jacks put on some good shows, with Nate Ramirez dominating Juan Carlos Morales at 152 lbs., 14-4, Jose Avila outpointing Manmohit Singh 4-1 at 195 lbs., Hunter Harrington pinning Tietan Nelson in the second period at 182 lbs., and Damion Casillas beating Tanner Raymond, 23-10 at 132 lbs.
“He’s really becoming a rock star in our team, one of the leaders,” Quincy head coach Greg Martinez said about Casillas. “I like the style with which he wrestles: He’s going to go out there and he’s going to score points and he’s going to work to be the best.”
Ramirez is beginning to look “like the Nate Ramirez that I remember,” Martinez added, while Harrington came through with a pin that was “much needed” by the team to stay within striking distance of the Vikings.
He had been nursing a back injury but still decided to suit up. It was a league match against a tough team and a victory might help his seeding for postseason, so he went for it, Martinez said. He was sore the next day, but the injury remains manageable, Martinez said.
Quincy’s Salvador Chavarin won his match by forfeit at 160 lbs.
“We didn’t wrestle bad, Selah is really, really tough. They will be top two or three in our league,” Martinez said, later adding, “All four guys that won wrestled pretty well.”
Even those who did not win managed to perform well.
D’Angelo Aguilar lost 6-1 to Evan Anderson at 113 lbs., but the team had been forfeiting the 113 lb. match all year, Martinez said. Aguilar went the distance for the Jacks and saved his team three points.
“I think we are coming along, I think the boys are starting to wrestle for their team,” Martinez said. We are moving in the right direction.”
The Jacks followed the Selah dual with a tough evening on the road against Prosser on Jan. 15.
An injury-stricken Quincy lineup lost to the Mustangs 43-33.
New names like Brian Guadarrama saw some varsity action against the Prosser Mustangs. Harrington and Jose Avila won by forfeit, as did Jose Buenrostro. Nate Ramirez won his match 9-5 over Jorge Uribe and Ruben Vargas pinned Kase Tutles at 220 lbs. Miguel Martinez pinned Christian Ramirez in the second period at 285 lbs.
All the other matches went Prosser’s way, with Kade Merrick pinning Efren Ramirez in the second period at 145 lbs., Justin Lakey pinning Gregory Berndt in the first period at 138 lbs. Jacob Torres defeating Casillas in an overtime thriller 7-5, at 132 lbs., Santiago Contreras blanking Jesus Buenrostro 12-0, Logan Candanoza defeating Mykenzi Realme by second-round pin at 170 lbs. and Kord defeating Guadarrama in a first-period pin at 160 lbs.
Diego Contreras and Reyden Huizar of Prosser won their matches by forfeit.
Next up for the Jacks is the always intense clash against Ephrata Thursday Jan. 17 at home, starting at 7 p.m. on the Jacks’ Senior Night.
Then, at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, the team heads to Renton for one of the last tournament trips of the regular season, Hazen High School’s Pancan Invite on Jan. 19, and then a trip to Othello on Jan. 22 for a dual against the Huskies.
“Thank you to the fans and friends who are supportive of the program,” Martinez said. “We always have people out wishing us good luck or following us on Facebook. The kids work hard and deserve that support.”

By Sebastian Moraga,