Mat Classic XXV scouting report
106Anthony Barrera, sr., Othello (1 seed) (5th state 106 12, dnp 103 11) (ranked No. 1); Isaiah Barrera, jr., Othello (4) (dnp 106) (No. 5). Of note: Little brother Isaiah defaulted to Anthony last year and out of the tournament. They could run into same problem in semifinals. ... Only two returning state placers in bracket: Anthony Barrera and Wapatos Omar Gomez (6th 11) in other semifinal.
113Alec Espinoza, jr., Othello (3). Of note: Espinoza has tough opener in Black Hills senior Mason Adams (6th 12, ranked No. 2). ... Orting sophomore Fred Green is a state champ in the other semifinal.
120Manny Martinez, so., Othello (3). Of note: Martinez opens with three-time placer Austin Dodson of Orting. ... Tough weight with a returning champ (Fifes Glenn Robertson) and two runners-up.
126Lucas Garza, sr., Othello (1) (4th 126) (No. 1). Of note: Garza prevailed in a brutal regional that included the top four ranked wrestlers. He beat two-time state champ Jake Konzal of Deer Park 8-6 in the final. Expect rematch in state final.
132Joesiah Saunders, jr., Grandview (1) (No. 3). Of note: Saunders, a state rookie, did himself a big favor by pinning returning state champ Cole Harris of Deer Park in the regional final. Still, tough quarter against three-time placer Cameron Nolan of Tumwater and semifinal vs. top-ranked Brian Burchett of Klahowya could be in future.
138Jose Castilleja, sr., Grandview (alternate). Of note: If Castilleja gets a shot, hell share the weight with three-time champ Jaek Velarde of North Kitsap.
145Eric Garza, sr., Othello (3) (dnp 152) (No. 7). Of note: Good draw should see Garza place. Tough quarterfinal likely against state placer Brandon Short of White River.
160Jesus Montes, jr., Othello (2). Of note: Opens against senior state placer Stephen Camden (6th) of Washougal. ... Two-time champ Bobby Reece of Kingston in other semifinal.
170Matthew Melo, sr., Othello (alternate) (dnp 160). Of note: If Melo gets in, would face bracket of nine state veterans and four returning placers.
220Derek Gilbert, sr., Othello (2) (No. 7). Of note: Has a good draw to reach semis, where he likely would meet returning runner-up Jace Malek of West Valley (Spokane). ... Only three returning placers in the bracket.
285Bubba Ruiz, jr., Othello (1) (dnp 285) (No. 2). Of Note: Biggest roadblock to finals would come in quarters against North Kitsaps Brendan Best (6th 12).
106Oscar Ortiz, so., Connell (1 seed) (ranked No. 6); Miguel Canales, so., Warden (3) (No. 8); Jesus Dominguez, jr., Warden (4) (2B/1B dnp 106 12, dnp 103) (No. 5); Kiki Chabolla, fr., Royal (alternate). Of note: Wide open weight, with only two returning placers. Dominguez opens with one, Quincys Christian Alejandrez (3rd 2A). Ortiz is in same semifinal. ... Dominguez and Canales could meet in Friday night winner-places, loser-out match.
113Jose Cervantes, sr., Connell (3); Antonio Gomez, fr., Wahluke (4); Josiah Guerra, fr., Warden (alt). Of note: Gomezs first state experience starts against a three-time veteran in Castle Rocks Jordan Booth. Cervantes has better draw to reach quarters and even semis.
120Tyson Yamane, fr., Warden (4); Seth Garcia, jr., Kiona-Benton (alt). Of note: Would not be a shocker for Yamane to knock off No. 1 seed in opener, but it gets tougher in a hurry in the quarters.
126Ramses Rodelo, jr., Warden (3) (2B/1B 3rd 120, 3rd 112) (No. 7); Carlos Hernandez, so., Royal (4) (7th 120) (No. 6). Of note: After placing third in the Bs the last two years, Rodelo has a clear shot to semis, where two-time champ Josh Crager of Cascade Christian likely will be waiting. ... Hernandez is a tough four seed for any No. 1 and also could make his way to the semis.
132Vincente Mireles, sr., Mabton (1) (7th 126) (No. 2); Raul Martinez, fr., Warden (4); Cody Jenks, fr., Connell (alt). Of note: Mireles has clear path to semis and likely would face Stevenson junior Tyler Miller (5th 12). Martinez opens with Miller and, win or lose, faces a tough second-round opponent.
138Kale Setzer, sr., Kiona-Benton (2) (7th 138) (No. 5); Saul Hinojosa, jr., Warden (alt). Of note: Setzer likely will face Kalamas Casey Heaton (three-time vet, no places) in the quarters and is the only returning placer in his semi. ... Rematch of regional final between Setzer and Zillahs Cortes Hernandez a real possibility.
145Roberto Orozco, jr., Connell (1) (dnp 145, dnp 125) (No. 2); Emilio Pruneda, so., Warden (3); Robert Homer, so., Columbia (Burbank) (alt). Only one other state vet on Orozcos side of the bracket, while Pruneda could meet top-ranked Lucas Eastman of Rochester in quarters.
152Tucker Simonton, sr., Columbia (Burbank) (2) (dnp 152, 5th 140, dnp 119) (No. 6); Brandon Marquez, jr., Mabton (3) (dnp 160); Kris Young, sr., Kiona-Benton (4) (No. 7). Of note: Simonton opens with a two-time state vet and could face returning champ Pacer Said of Castle Rock in the quarters. ... Young opens with Quincys Carter Bushman, who placed 7th in 2A last year. That means Marquez has the best draw of the three to reach the semis.
160Emilio Bustos, jr., Royal (1) (8th 152) (No. 2); Harley Prescott, sr., River View (3). Of note: Bustos is the only state placer on his half of the bracket, while Prescott drew a quarterfinal without any state experience. ... Returning runner-up Levi Godino of Castle Rock is ranked No. 1.
170Alex Myrick, sr., Royal (1) (2nd 160, 3rd 152, 4th 135) (No. 2); Dakota Van Hollenbeke, so., Kiona-Benton (alt): Myrick would love to continue his trend of improving one place each season. Clear path to the finals and likely Chewelahs Adam Collins.
182Cruz Del Angel, jr., Kiona-Benton (1) (1st 170, dnp 152) (No. 1); Chrisitan Guerrero, sr., Royal (2) (dnp 160 10) (No. 3); Jack Yorgesen, jr., Wahluke (3) (dnp 182). Of note: Del Angel was an undefeated state champ last year, and he is close to untouchable this year. Pinned Guerrero in the first period at regionals, and the two could face again in the state finals.
195Greg Heinen, jr., Connell (3) (dnp 195) (No. 7); Ruvim Tyutyunnik, so., River View (4); Tanner Cook, fr., Kiona-Benton (alt). Of note: Heinen should reach quarters, where two-time placer Alex Cortez of Chelan should await. ... Tyutyunnik opens with top-ranked Caleb Johnson of Blaine. A loss means he will have to beat a state vet to stick around and place.
220Adam Hansen, sr., Warden (1) (2B/1B 3rd 195, 4th 189, 1A 6th 189) (No. 1); Israel Valencia, jr., Warden (3); Jaime Jimenez, sr., Wahluke (alt). Of note: Hansen likely will face Sterling Honeycutt of Mt. Baker (4th 12) in quarters, but the door is open to the finals and a match witch Chelans Asa Schwartz (3rd in 12). ... Valencia faces a senior state vet in his opener but has a good draw to place.
285Cody Zyph, jr., Kiona-Benton (2) (No. 3); Kyle Hall, sr., River View (3) (5th 285) (No. 5); Joseph Pruneda, so., Warden (4) (No. 8). Of note: A tough regional should help all three place. Zyph could face another tough Chelan big man, Luis Garcia (3rd 12) in the quarters. Hall is in the same semi as Zyph but has to get by top-ranked Mike Antczak of Blaine in the quarters.
145Keanu Niezwaag, sr., Ritzville/Lind/Sprague (2 seed) (4th state 138 12, dnp 135 11, 5th 135 10) (ranked No. 2). Of note: Niezwaag is a two-time placer but shares the bracket with two-time finalist Orrin Gross of Lake Roosevelt.
170John Hylden, sr., Tri-Cities Prep (4). Of note: No state placers on Hyldens side of the bracket, though two-time runner-up Wyatt Jenkins of Pomeroy looms.
220Cory Goble, sr., Ritzville/Lind/Sprague (3). Of note: Three-time placer Austin Reisdorph of Pomeroy would be a high semifinal hurdle.
285Layne Hawks, jr., Ritzville/Lind/Sprague (alt). Of note: Only two state veterans in the bracket.