TACOMA One raised hand certified the end of a marvelous career. Another heralded the next step in a promising epic.
Kamiakin senior Sisto Santana Pina and Pasco sophomore Timmy Martinez capped Mat Classic XXV in glorious fashion Saturday night, taking the top step of the championship podium at the Tacoma Dome.
Pina, a senior, secured his second consecutive Class 3A 170-pound title for his third state medal.
It feels good. It feels really, really good, the four-time state vet said.
Martinez captured the 120-pound title in the 4A division, putting the finishing touches on a 42-0 season.
It sounds like a dream that I didnt think would come true until this last summer, he said.
Sunnyside also celebrated individual achievement with titles from juniors Homer Romero at 106 and Jesse Barajas at 113, both in overtime. Additionally, the Grizzlies added a state trophy, finishing third in the 3A race, just 12 points behind first-place University.
Martinez title came with a 4-2 win over Tahomas Tim Whitehead, a runner-up last season. But it became evident that Martinez was in charge after riding Whitehead out in the second period of a scoreless match. Whitehead gave Martinez the escape to start the third, and the Pasco wrestler got a takedown 30 seconds later when he muscled up held on as the pair rolled through on a scramble.
In the third, I felt confident, Martinez said. I knew my whole season was on the line, so I worked my butt off.
Pasco teammate Brandon Gonzalez finished fourth at 126. Gonzalez, who did not place on his first state trip as a sophomore at Chiawana, worked his way through the consolation rounds with an overtime win and a two-point decision before losing 9-7 to Cruz Velasquez in the placing match.
Chiawana got a pair of third-place finishes from seniors Clayton Smith at 145 and Austen Silvers at 182.
Smith was pinned in the semifinals by Eric Soler of Lake Stevens, who went on to win his second state title. Smith bounced back with a tight 5-4 win over Meads David Munding and then beat Kentridges Arthur Sargent 4-3 to make his first state medal a big one.
Silvers, who lost in the quarters, had to win three straight matches just to get a shot a third.
He won a pair of close decisions early Saturday, then beat Olympias Josh Newbill 6-2.
Walla Walla senior Logan Reardon lost a two-point decision in the 220 semifinal to Puyallups Matt Voss, who went on to win the title.
Unfortunately for Reardon, the close losses continued with a 1-point decision and overtime match going against him to finish sixth.
Richland senior Cam Simpson placed seventh at 170, and junior Pryce Seely was eighth at 138.
Pinas 3-1 win over Austin Stannard reversed a pair of losses to the University wrestler at sub-regionals and regionals.
Unlike their first two matches, Pina pushed the action. And while it may not have shown up on the scoreboard until the closing moments when Pina hit a rare leg cradle, it had a definite effect on the match and the tournament.
I put a lot of extra work in this week on cardio, Pina said. I ran a lot so I could push the pace a lot and kill it in the third period when they dont have gas in the tank.
Pina joins Kamiakin legends Mikey Rodriguez, Tyler Sherfey and Tim Moon as the schools only two-time champions. He dedicated the win to junior brother Jr. Pina, whose season was injured a month before the postseason.
It was hard to wrestle without Jr. It really hurt, he said. This ones for him.
Southridge senior Kevin Del-Angel came up short in his bid for a title at 195, losing to Universitys Tanner Orndorff 7-2. Del-Angel finished the year 36-4, all four losses coming to Orndorff.
Its the matchup, Southridge coach John Hogg said. Kevins the second person ever in the history of Southridge to wrestle in the finals (Eric Schwartz 1998-2000). Hes just a great kid and he wrestled his heart out. Tip your cap to the champion.
Kamiakins Cesar Castillo finished fourth at 113 after losing 6-0 to Barajas in the semifinals. He bounced back with a major decision to earn a shot at third but was shut out 7-0 in the placing match.
Teammate Harley Kolp placed fifth at 132 after running into a buzz saw in the semifinals (15-0 technical fall to Christian Villani of Bellevue). The three-time placer capped his Braves career with a 5-1 decision over Joshua Beam of Timberline.
Bryce Overholt finished fifth for the Suns at 182. He lost 8-1 to Chili Sabin of Bonney Lake in the semifinals and dropped a two-point decision to drop into the fifth-sixth match. The Southridge junior finished with a pin of Sunnysides Daniel Avalos.
Hanfords Will Bishop bounced back from a rough first day that included a 16-0 technical fall to place fourth at 182. The junior won two- and four-point decisions earlier in the day but came up short (4-2 loss to Decaturs Spencer Smith) to finish fourth.
Kennewick senior Michael Hosfield, a two-time alternate to state, finished eighth at 126.
Romero beat Stanwoods West Weinert 6-4 in overtime after trailing 3-0 early in the second period. Barajas 12-10 win over Universitys Cam Sorensen was equally dramatic.
A runner-up last year, Barajas nearly had to settle for second again when, leading 8-1, he got caught in a cradle and spent more than 25 seconds fighting to keep his shoulders off the mat.
I wrestled him last weekend and he did the exact same thing, Barajas said, noting that last week he had a 10-0 lead and it wasnt as close a call.
A stall call, an escape and takedown in the final 20 seconds of regulation eliminated Barajas lead altogether, but he regrouped and got a quick takedown for the title.
Romero downed teammate Jesse Torres 4-1 in the semifinals for a berth in his first state final. Torres went on to finish third, capping his tournament with a 43-second pin.
Also on the podium for the Grizzlies were Austin Carman (third at 220), Santos Guerrero (fourth at 120), Max Ramos (sixth at 170) and Avalos.
Team scores (top 4 and local): Lake Stevens 162, Tahoma 120, Graham-Kapowsin 113.5, Central Valley 93; 13, Pasco 40; T-14, Chiawana 37; T-38, Richland 10; T-41 Walla Walla 8.
120Timmy Martinez (Pasco) d. Ramon Ortiz (Evergreen) 8-7. 145Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) p. Clayton Smith (Chiawana) 5:30. 220Matt Voss (Puyallup) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 6-4.
Consolation third round
126Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) d. Brian Short (Spanaway Lake) 8-6 OT. 138Jesse Peterson (Lake Stevens) p. Pryce Seely (Richland) 3:35. 170Bryce Broome (South Kitsap) d. Cameron Simpson (Richland) 3-1. 182Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. James West (Auburn) 5-3.
126Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) d. Haftom Tafere (Todd Beamer) 8-6. 145Clayton Smith (Chiawana) d. David Munding (Mead) 5-4. 182Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. Taylor Ladenburg (Bellarmine) 4-3. 220Sean McAlhaney (Skyline) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 4-3.
120Timmy Martinez (Pasco) d. Tim Whitehead (Tahoma) 4-2.
126Cruz Velasquez (Tahoma) d. Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) 9-7. 145Clayton Smith (Chiawana) d. Arthur Sargent (Kentridge) 4-3. 182Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. Josh Newbill (Olympia) 6-2.
220Mason Ju (Mead) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 7-2 (OT).
138Justin Weiding (Tahoma) p. Pryce Seely (Richland) :53. 170Cameron Simpson (Richland) d. Alex Berfanger (Union) 8-5.
Team scores (top 4 and local): University 142.5, Decatur 138.5, Sunnyside 130.5, Enumclaw 92; 15, Kamiakin 43; 18, Southridge 37; 33, Hanford 12; 41, Kennewick 7.
106Homer Romero (Sunnyside) d. Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) 4-1. 113Jesse Barajas (Sunnyside) d. Leviticus Arizpe (Decatur) 11-6; Cam Sorensen (University) d. Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) 6-0. 132Christian Villani (Bellevue) t.f. Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) 15-0.170Sisto Santana Pina (Kamiakin) d. Nick Karis (Decatur) 8-3. 182Chili Sabin (Bonney Lake) d. Bryce Overholt (Southridge) 8-1; Sean Elledge (Glacier Peak) p. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 1:57. 195Kevin Del-Angel (Southridge) d. Jake Ferris (Wilson) 10-8.
Consolation third round
120Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) p. Avery Meyer (Lincoln) 4:41. 126Jerad Paul (Enumclaw) d. Michael Hosfield (Kennewick) 5-2. 170Max Ramos (Sunnyside) d. Nick Chandler (Mercer Island) 8-6. 182Will Bishop (Hanford) d. Kelyn Wallin (Enumclaw) 5-3. 220Austin Carman (Sunnyside) p. Ignat Gabov (Marysville-Pilchuck) :34.
106Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) m.d. Jared Newberg (Kelso) 15-2. 113Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) d. Abundio Victoriano (Kelso) 7-4. 120Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) m.d. Andrew Ramirez (Lakes) 9-1. 132Rieley Smith (University) d. Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) 8-3. 170Courtney Shavers (Oak Harbor) d. Max Ramos (Sunnyside) 12-11. 182Spencer Smith (Decatur) d. Bryce Overholt (Southridge) 4-2; Will Bishop (Hanford) d. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 9-5. 220Austin Carman (Sunnyside) p. Kam Williams (Ferndale) 4:40.
106Homer Romero (Sunnyside) d. West Weinert (Stanwood) 6-4 (OT). 113Jesse Barajas (Sunnyside) d. Cam Sorensen (University) 12-10 (OT). 170Sisto Santana Pina (Kamiakin) d. Austin Stannard (University) 3-1. 195Tanner Orndorff (University) d. Kevin Del-Angel (Southridge) 7-2.
106Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) p. Kyle Opland (Enumclaw) :43. 113Leviticus Arizpe (Decatur) d. Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) 7-0. 120Wil Treadwell (Prairie) p. Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) 2:07. 182Spencer Smith (Decatur) d. Will Bishop (Hanford) 4-2. 220Austin Carman (Sunnyside) d. Dwayne Robinson (Rogers-Spokane) 9-2.
132Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) d. Joshua Beam (Timberline) 5-1. 170Luke Holsinger (Peninsula) p. Max Ramos (Sunnyside) 2:45. 182Bryce Overholt (Southridge) p. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 3:54.
126Juan Vincente (Lincoln) d. Michael Hosfield (Kennewick) 2-0.