WRESTLING: Tri-Citians bring home state titles

Tri-City HeraldFebruary 16, 2013 

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 didn’t 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.

Class 4A

Martinez title came with a 4-2 win over Tahoma’s 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 Mead’s David Munding and then beat Kentridge’s 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 Olympia’s Josh Newbill 6-2.

Walla Walla senior Logan Reardon lost a two-point decision in the 220 semifinal to Puyallup’s 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.

Class 3A

Pina’s 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 don’t have gas in the tank.”

Pina joins Kamiakin legends Mikey Rodriguez, Tyler Sherfey and Tim Moon as the school’s 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 one’s for him.”

Southridge senior Kevin Del-Angel came up short in his bid for a title at 195, losing to University’s Tanner Orndorff 7-2. Del-Angel finished the year 36-4, all four losses coming to Orndorff.

“It’s the matchup,” Southridge coach John Hogg said. “Kevin’s the second person ever in the history of Southridge to wrestle in the finals (Eric Schwartz 1998-2000). He’s just a great kid and he wrestled his heart out. Tip your cap to the champion.”

Kamiakin’s 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 Sunnyside’s Daniel Avalos.

Hanford’s 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 Decatur’s Spencer Smith) to finish fourth.

Kennewick senior Michael Hosfield, a two-time alternate to state, finished eighth at 126.

Romero beat Stanwood’s West Weinert 6-4 in overtime after trailing 3-0 early in the second period. Barajas’ 12-10 win over University’s 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 wasn’t 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.

Class 4A
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.

120—Timmy Martinez (Pasco) d. Ramon Ortiz (Evergreen) 8-7. 145—Eric Soler (Lake Stevens) p. Clayton Smith (Chiawana) 5:30. 220—Matt Voss (Puyallup) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 6-4.

Consolation third round
126—Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) d. Brian Short (Spanaway Lake) 8-6 OT. 138—Jesse Peterson (Lake Stevens) p. Pryce Seely (Richland) 3:35. 170—Bryce Broome (South Kitsap) d. Cameron Simpson (Richland) 3-1. 182—Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. James West (Auburn) 5-3.

Consolation semifinals
126—Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) d. Haftom Tafere (Todd Beamer) 8-6. 145—Clayton Smith (Chiawana) d. David Munding (Mead) 5-4. 182—Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. Taylor Ladenburg (Bellarmine) 4-3. 220—Sean McAlhaney (Skyline) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 4-3.

120—Timmy Martinez (Pasco) d. Tim Whitehead (Tahoma) 4-2.

126—Cruz Velasquez (Tahoma) d. Brandon Gonzalez (Pasco) 9-7. 145—Clayton Smith (Chiawana) d. Arthur Sargent (Kentridge) 4-3. 182—Austen Silvers (Chiawana) d. Josh Newbill (Olympia) 6-2.

220—Mason Ju (Mead) d. Logan Reardon (Walla Walla) 7-2 (OT).

138—Justin Weiding (Tahoma) p. Pryce Seely (Richland) :53. 170—Cameron Simpson (Richland) d. Alex Berfanger (Union) 8-5.

Class 3A
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.

106—Homer Romero (Sunnyside) d. Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) 4-1. 113—Jesse Barajas (Sunnyside) d. Leviticus Arizpe (Decatur) 11-6; Cam Sorensen (University) d. Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) 6-0. 132—Christian Villani (Bellevue) t.f. Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) 15-0.170—Sisto Santana Pina (Kamiakin) d. Nick Karis (Decatur) 8-3. 182—Chili Sabin (Bonney Lake) d. Bryce Overholt (Southridge) 8-1; Sean Elledge (Glacier Peak) p. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 1:57. 195—Kevin Del-Angel (Southridge) d. Jake Ferris (Wilson) 10-8.

Consolation third round
120—Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) p. Avery Meyer (Lincoln) 4:41. 126—Jerad Paul (Enumclaw) d. Michael Hosfield (Kennewick) 5-2. 170—Max Ramos (Sunnyside) d. Nick Chandler (Mercer Island) 8-6. 182—Will Bishop (Hanford) d. Kelyn Wallin (Enumclaw) 5-3. 220—Austin Carman (Sunnyside) p. Ignat Gabov (Marysville-Pilchuck) :34.

Consolation semifinals
106—Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) m.d. Jared Newberg (Kelso) 15-2. 113—Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) d. Abundio Victoriano (Kelso) 7-4. 120—Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) m.d. Andrew Ramirez (Lakes) 9-1. 132—Rieley Smith (University) d. Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) 8-3. 170—Courtney Shavers (Oak Harbor) d. Max Ramos (Sunnyside) 12-11. 182—Spencer Smith (Decatur) d. Bryce Overholt (Southridge) 4-2; Will Bishop (Hanford) d. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 9-5. 220—Austin Carman (Sunnyside) p. Kam Williams (Ferndale) 4:40.

106—Homer Romero (Sunnyside) d. West Weinert (Stanwood) 6-4 (OT). 113—Jesse Barajas (Sunnyside) d. Cam Sorensen (University) 12-10 (OT). 170—Sisto Santana Pina (Kamiakin) d. Austin Stannard (University) 3-1. 195—Tanner Orndorff (University) d. Kevin Del-Angel (Southridge) 7-2.

106—Jesse Torres (Sunnyside) p. Kyle Opland (Enumclaw) :43. 113—Leviticus Arizpe (Decatur) d. Cesar Castillo (Kamiakin) 7-0. 120—Wil Treadwell (Prairie) p. Santos Guerrero (Sunnyside) 2:07. 182—Spencer Smith (Decatur) d. Will Bishop (Hanford) 4-2. 220—Austin Carman (Sunnyside) d. Dwayne Robinson (Rogers-Spokane) 9-2.

132—Harley Kolp (Kamiakin) d. Joshua Beam (Timberline) 5-1. 170—Luke Holsinger (Peninsula) p. Max Ramos (Sunnyside) 2:45. 182—Bryce Overholt (Southridge) p. Daniel Avalos (Sunnyside) 3:54.

126—Juan Vincente (Lincoln) d. Michael Hosfield (Kennewick) 2-0.

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