Strong start of season for QHS boys wrestling team
Ruben “Boy” Vargas finished in first place in the 220-lb. category at the Bob Mars Invitational Tournament in Kennewich last weekend.
Vargas had a first-round bye and defeated Riley Hanson in the second round. The Eisenhower grappler yielded to Vargas via first-round pin. Vargas then defeated Cayetano Talavera of Chewelah by pin in the third round, and Othello’s Elijah Roylance in the final, 8-5.
Several other wrestlers did Quincy proud at the first big wrestling invite of the season.
Salvador Chavarin finished as the runner-up at 160 lbs., after a sterling run of wins that began with a win by pin over Pasco’s Matthew Ayala in the first round. Then, Chavarin defeated Joe Llares Contreras of Riverview, by pin in the first round. Chavarin then defeated Darius Grogan of Chewelah, 2-0, before losing to Wenatchee’s Jerdan Velazquez in the final, 8-1.
Damion Casillas finished third at 132 lbs., defeating Haiden Rose-Mackenzie of Wenatchee by pin in the first round.
Mykenzi Realme finished fourth at 170 lbs, losing to Kiona-Benton’s Allen Stewart, 6-4.
Hunter Harrington rebounded from a second round loss to Kamiak’s Gilbert Marquez to win his next three matches and take fifth place, defeating Vahid Lefeber of Chewelah by pin in the second round of the fifth-place match.
Jose Avila did the same thing, losing in the second round to Moses Lake’s Everett Ashley, 5-2, and then winning three in a row, with a 3-1 win over Wenatchee’s Tre Jagla giving the Quincy grappler fifth place.
Paden Wallace lost in the second round of the consolation bracket at 152 lbs., to Wenatchee’s Trent Kruckenberg, 5-0. Jared Vazquez lost in the second round of the consolation bracket at 285, yielding to Jorge Rodriguez of Chewelah by pin in the first round.
Earlier, on Nov. 29, the Jacks hit another milestone, defeating an always-tough Warden Cougars squad for the third year in a row. The hosting Jacks took the dual by a score of 46-30.
The Buenrostro brothers started things off on the right foot for the Jacks, with Jose beating Roly Martinez by pin in the third round at 120 lbs. and Jesus defeating Tony Martinez at 126 lbs. by pin in the second round.
Greg Martinez, head coach of the Jacks, called the Buenrostro brothers “two of my hardest workers.”
Casillas then defeated Warden’s Dahani Trupp by pin in the third round. Gregory Berndt lost to Warden’s Brenton Cole by pin in the first round, and Oswaldo Perez pinned the Cougars’ Nathan Mendez in the second round.
“Between not being able to keep up with him and his pressure, he finds a way to win,” coach Greg Martinez said of Perez.
Wallace lost by pin to Warden’s Holden Haworth in the first round, Chavarin won his 160 lbs. match by forfeit and Realme outpointed Ryan Arredondo 13-15.
“He’s probably one of the most athletically gifted kids I have ever coached,” coach Greg Martinez said of Realme. “Just gotta get him to focus on his basics and keep his body in good position and I think he will have a good year.”
Harrington lost by points 14-11 to Warden’s Mikey Madrigales in an entertaining match, and Avila lost to the Cougars’ Elijah Gonzales 4-3 in another thriller.
The biggest thrill of the night came courtesy of freshman Miguel Martinez. After Vargas won his match by forfeit, Martinez went up against Warden senior Salvador Zaragoza.
Down 4-1 at the end of one round, Martinez scored one more point in the second round, before pinning Zaragoza and sending the crowd (and his teammates) into a bedlam.
It was Martinez’ first-ever varsity match.
“I just was remembering what my coach(es) told me,” he said of his comeback. “I thank them for that. In the first round, I studied my opponent, so in the second and third I could go hard on them.”
The difference in age or experience was not a factor, Martinez said.
“That doesn’t matter, it’s (all about) skill,” he said.
Greg Martinez thanked the crowd for their support of their young wrestler.
“Just to hear the crowd was absolutely amazing,” he said.
Greg Martinez also praised his team for a big win against a powerhouse program and for working hard in practice.
Next up for the Jacks is a trip to Spokane for the West Valley Invite this Saturday followed by a double-dual at home against Toppenish and East Valley-Yakima on Dec. 13. at 6:30 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com