Riverhawks roll to 4A district crown

Kevin Anthony, Herald staff writerFebruary 3, 2013 

WALLA WALLA -- There were no "reserved" signs on the coaches' chairs sitting in the corners of the championship mat at Saturday's district wrestling tournament.

But as much as Jack Anderson and his Chiawana staff held those prized seats, they might as well have had the school's Riverhawk mascot stamped on their metal backs.

Chiawana held court at the Class 4A District 5 tournament at Walla Walla High School, winning eight individual titles, sending nine more kids into the finals and rolling up 443 1/2 points in an overwhelming performance.

"It feels great, it feels really dominating," said senior Clayton Smith, who scored an 18-2 technical fall over teammate Masen Brown in the championship at 145 pounds. "We showed how much hard work we put into this as a team."

With the top three wrestlers at each weight advancing to next week's Eastern Washington 4A regionals at Central Valley in Spokane, Chiawana had 26 of its 28 wrestlers alive for those spots heading into the final placing matches and advanced 22.

Richland finished second with 230 points, 113 1/2 behind the Riverhawks. Host Wa-Hi was third with 191, and Pasco fourth with 154 1/2.

Smith was one of five Chiawana wrestlers who won their titles by beating opponents. Eli Sikes stopped Ezra Cazier 4-0 at 106, Christ Montelongo topped Bryce Buckley 6-2 at 113, Austen Silvers popped Clayton Johnson with a pin at 182, and freshman Levi McBride shocked senior No. 1 seed Martin Villanueva 1-0 at 285.

Joel Murillo won a 7-2 decision over Pasco's Jake Covington for the 132 title after the top two seeds were knocked off in the semifinals. Boss Garcia edged Pasco's Jackson Fromm 6-3 at 152 in a battle of regional veterans, and Blake Bishop pulled out a 7-6 win over Richland's Skyler Mitchell for the 160 championship.

Bishop took a 6-4 lead in the third after trading a reversal and takedown for escapes. Mitchell knotted the score on a takedown with 12 seconds left, only to have Bishop slip away in the final two seconds for the one-point win.

"I'm really excited," Anderson said as his Riverhawks were wrapping up their big day. "A lot of guys beat guys today they lost to earlier in the season. The older guys did as expected, and the younger guys stepped up to the plate."

While the overall day belonged to the Riverhawks, there were plenty of highlights for their three league rivals.

Richland, which advanced eight wrestlers, got titles from Pryce Seely at 138 (6-4 win over Chiawana's Jadin Salazar), Cameron Simpson at 170 (21-6 technical fall over Walla Walla's Zane Henderson) and Cody O'Toole at 195, who got a stunning pin over Chiawana's Bernardo Castillo.

O'Toole, the top-seeded senior, got caught in a cradle by the sophomore early in the match, then fought like crazy to stay alive.

"I was just trying to get out of the cradle," said O'Toole, who broke loose and immediately turned the tables with a head-an-arm.

"He let go of the cradle, but his hand got caught on my hip. I grabbed that, hipped him down (to the mat) and squeezed as hard as I could."

Seely's win over Salazar came in overtime. But after spending the entire third period on the bottom unable to escape, he was happy to get back to his feet.

"That's my strength: both up," said Seely, who scored two takedowns earlier in the match.

Pasco is sending six to regionals, including champions Timmy Martinez at 120 and Brandon Gonzalez at 126.

Gonzalez didn't have any troubles with a 12-1 major decision over Wa-Hi's Wil Babbit, while Martinez rolled to a 12-0 win over Chiawana's Pedro Murillo to improve to 35-0.

"Coaches all told me, all matches are preparation for state," said Martinez, who led 4-0 before pulling away in the third. "A match like that against a guy who pushes me on my feet, that's preparation for state."

Walla Walla also is sending six to regionals, with Logan Reardon winning 10-1 over Chiawana's Abzael Loeza at 220.

With the third seed facing a pig-tail match against the Greater Spokane League No. 3 at regionals, there were a handful of matches for second/third if the two wrestlers had not faced each other.

Among them, Richland's Noah Workman (132), Mathew Montelius (145) and Tyson Childs (182) improved from wrestling for third/fourth to gaining the second seed.

At Walla Walla

Team scores--Chiawana 443.5, Richland 230, Walla Walla 191, Pasco 154.5. 106--Eli Sikes (C) d. Ezra Cazier (C) 4-0; Bobby Guzman (P) p. Victor Ramirez (P) :45. 113--Chris Montelong (C) d. Bryce Buckkley (C) 6-2; Jose Albarran (WW) m.d. Luis Ochoa (P) 13-5. 120--Timmy Martinez (P) m.d. Pedro Murillo (Chi) 12-0; Noe Gonzalez (WW) m.d. Alex Webb (R) 14-3. 126--Brandon Gonzalez (P) m.d. Wil Babbit (WW) 12-1; Jacob Garcia (C) d. Xavior Tobias (P) 6-5. 132--Joel Murillo (C) d. Jake Covington (P); Noah Workman (R) d. Laiten Schroeder (C) 8-4; second-third: Workman d. Covington 5-2. 138--Pryce Seely (R) d. Jadin Salazar (C) 6-4; Abraham Ledezma (C) p. Evan Frank (WW) 3:19; second-third: Salazar p. Ledezma :45. 145--Clayton Smith (C) t.f. Masen Brown (C) 18-2; Mathew Montelius (R) d. Kody Mars (R) 4-0; second-third: Montelius d. Brown 8-6.

152--Boss Garcia (C) d. Jackson Fromm (P) 6-3; Austin Urlacher (C) d. Kevin Garza (R) 3-2. 160--Blake Bishop (C) d. Skyler Mitchell (R) 7-6; Anthony Burrows (P0 m.d. Tyler Vargas (C) 11-3; second-third: Mitchell t.f. Burrows 17-2. 170--Cameron Simpson (R) t.f. Zane Henderson (WW) 21-6; Ryker Mackey (R) d. Chad White (C) 10-5. 182--Austen Silvers (C) p. Clayton Johnson (C) 2:46; Tyson Childs (R) d. Lucas Rassbach (WW); second-third: Childs m.d. Johnson 8-0. 195--Cody O'Toole (R) p. Bernardo Castillo (C) 1:46; Jordan Vaughn (C) d. Luis Contreras (WW) 4-2; second-third: Castillo p. Vaughn 5:25. 220--Logan Reardon (WW) m.d. Abzael Loeza (C) 10-1; Antonio Cruz (C) d. Roman Cortez (P) 2-1; second-third: Loeza (C) p. Cruz 4:00. 285--Levi McBride (C) d. Martin Villanueva (C) 1-0; Quinn Piver (WW) p. Nicholas Workman (R) :33; second-third: Villanueva (C) d. Piver 3-1.

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