TACOMA Mat Classic may be celebrating its silver anniversary, but the Othello Huskies were all about the gold Saturday night.
The Huskies claimed the Class 2A state wrestling title to go with two individual champions and four finalists at the Tacoma Dome.
It has been a tremendous experience, said Othello coach Ruben Martinez, adding it was the first time he could remember having four kids in the finals. Its a great team effort all the way around. I could not ask for a better team.
The Huskies finished with 1331⁄2 points, unseating five-time reigning champion Deer Park by 211⁄2 points. Seniors Anthony Barrera at 106 and Lucas Garza at 126 won individual crowns.
Kiona-Benton had its own golden night on the Class 1A mats, getting state titles from juniors Cruz Del Angel at 182 and Cody Zyph at 285. It was the second straight unbeaten season for Del Angel covering 76 matches.
Additionally, Connells Roberto Orozco won at 145 and Royals Alex Myrick at 170.
Class 2A: With four wrestlers in the finals and a 221⁄2 point lead over Deer Park heading into the finals, Othello had the team championship well in hand before the traditional Parade of Champions.
That left individual glory to be gained, and the Barrera brothers got everything they wished for.
Senior Anthony downed Omar Gomez of Wapato 6-5 in the final, and junior Isaiah, who defaulted to his big brother in the semifinals, went on to finish third.
It cant get any better than this, Anthony Barrera said. Individual state champ, team state champ my senior year. It was Barreras fifth win over Gomez this season, and it was keyed by a reversal in the closing seconds of the first period that pulled the Othello wrestler even at 2-all.
It was huge, Barrera said. It pumped me up.
Garza didnt need any added motivation in his matchup with Deer Parks Jake Konzal, a three-time placer and two-time state champion.
Garza scored the winning takedown in overtime for a 5-3 win, getting the call on the edge of the mat with his toes just inside the circle. In a big-time show of class, Konzal raised Garzas arm to acknowledge the loss.
Me and him are good friends, Garza said, adding that getting a win over Konzal last week at regionals was a big confidence booster. It helped me out.
Teammate Alec Espinoza finished second at 113, getting pinned by returning state champ Fred Green of Orting. Bubba Ruiz was second at 285 for the Huskies after losing 3-2 to Monike Failauga of Fife.
Manny Martinez placed fourth at 120, and Eric Garza was eighth at 145 to round out Othellos placers.
Del Angel was never threatened by Mt. Bakers Tyrel Cronk in his 8-3 win, despite wrestling past the first period for the first time this tournament.
He routinely avoided a couple head-and-arm throws, almost as if he knew what was coming.
I never looked at him (in previous matches), Del Angel said. I just go out there and wrestle.
Hes just seen so much, said Ki-Be coach Ben Hill. Hes not worried about that stuff.
Zyph didnt have much to be worried about in his 15-5 win over Forks Miguel Morales, especially with Morales trying to throw the stronger Zyph from all kinds of bad angles.
I just waited to see when he messed up, said Zyph, who placed fourth last year.
The result was four takedowns and six back points.
When you score first, Zyph said, youre in the clear.
Myricks 4-2 win over Adam Collins of Chewelah was the natural progression of the Royal seniors state career. He placed fourth as a freshman, third as a junior and second as a senior.
Orozco, whose brother Nato was three-time placer and 215-pound champion in 2010, added another state title to the family trophy case with his 9-4 win over Lucas Eastman of Rochester.
He trailed 3-2 in the third and hadnt come close to a takedown. But twice he got past Eastmans guard and to his body, getting takedowns in the final 30 seconds of regulation and (after Eastman escaped late) in overtime.
Twice before Orozco had come to the Tacoma Dome, only to leave empty handed. But the junior wasnt daunted at all to step on the finals mat.
I expected it, he said after some serious bear-hugging with his coaches. Its what I prepared for.
Greg Heinen added a fourth-place finish for Connell at 215.
Wardens Adam Hansen was mere seconds away from winning the 220 title but was hit with a stall call and penalty point with 1.7 seconds on the clock. Given a second chance in overtime, Chelans Asa Schwartz got the takedown for a 6-4 win.
Mabtons Vincente Mireles placed fourth at 132, as did Royals Christian Guerrero at 182. Jesus Dominguez of Warden (106) and Tucker Simonton of Columbia-Burbank (152) finished fifth, while Ki-Bes Kale Setzer (138) and Royals Emilio Bustos (160) were sixth.
Tri-Cities Preps John Hylden finished second at 170, getting pinned in the final by Pomeroys Wyatt Jenkins, who earned his first title after finishing second the last two years.
Team scores (top 4 and local): Othello 133.5, Deer Park 111, Orting 96.5, Fife 76; 42, Grandview 6.
106Anthony Barrera (Othello) injury default Isaiah Barrera (Othello). 113Alec Espinoza (Othello) d. Adam Adkinson (Sedro-Woolley) 7-2. 126Lucas Garza (Othello) m.d. Steven Martinez (Toppenish) 9-1. 285Bubba Ruiz (Othello) d. Alex Darud (Centralia) 6-4 (3 OT)
Consolation third round
120Manny Martinez (Othello) p. Isaiah Rodenhurst (Olympia (1:40). 132Rico Ybarra (Orting) d. Joesiah Saunders (Grandview) 8-3. 145Jacob Farrell (Sedro-Woolley) d. Eric Garza (Othello) 9-4.
106Isaiah Barrera (Othello) p. Bailey McBride (Cedarcrest) 2:40. 120Manny Martinez (Othello) d. Denver Parker (Chewelah) 3-2.
106Anthony Barrera (Othello) d. Omar Gomez (Wapato) 6-5. 113Fred Green (Orting) p. Alec Espinoza (Othello) 2:57.
126Lucas Garza (Othello) d. Jake Konzal (Deer Park) 5-3 (OT). 285Monike Failauga (Fife) d. Bubba Ruiz (Othello) 3-2.
106Isaiah Barrera (Othello) d. Aaron Klauder (Deer Park) 11-4. 120Austin Dodson (Orting) d. Manny Martinez (Othello) 2-1.
132Joesiah Saunders (Grandview) d. Tanner Zavala (Burlington Edison) 4-1. 145Michael Stuart (Centralia) d. Eric Garza (Othello) 6-5.
Team scores (top 4 and locals): Granger 152, Quincy 105.5, Castle Rock 101, Zillah 91; 7, Kiona-Benton 62; T-10, Warden 55; 12, Connell 54; 13, Royal 50.5; 30, Mabton 14; T-35, Columbia-Burbank and River View 10; 42, Wahluke 5.
132Tyler Miler (Stevenson) d. Vincente Mireles (Mabton) 9-7. 138Anton King (Medical Lake) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 3:00. 145Roberto Orozco (Connell) p. Isias Jimenez (Quincy) 4:51. 170Alex Myrick (Royal) t.f. Kyle Wilkins (Goldendale) 15-0. 182Cruz Del Angel (Kiona-Benton) p. Markus Goldbach (Freeman) 1:49. 195Preston Morris (Vashon Island) d. Greg Heinen (Connell) 4-2. 220Adam Hansen (Warden) d. Sterling Honeycutt (Mt. Baker) 9-4. 285Cody Zyph (Kiona-Benton) d. Mike Antczak (Blaine) 7-4.
Consolation third round
106Miguel Canales (Warden) p. Oscar Ortiz (Connell) 4:35; Jesus Dominguez (Warden) d. Sebastian Morales (Forks) 7-6. 113Ricky Almaguer (Granger) d. Jose Cervantes (Connell) 7-0. 126Jorge Juarez (Tonasket) inj. def. Ramses Rodelo (Warden). 152Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) d. Seth Risner (Castle Rock) 8-2. 160Emilio Bustos (Royal) d. Tyler McTee (Naches Valley) 10-4. 182Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) m.d. Jack Yorgesen (Wahluke) 12-1.
106Ryan Wilson (Elma) d. Miguel Canales (Warden) 2-0; Jo Jo Saringan (Castle Rock) d. Jesus Dominguez (Warden) 7-6. 132Vincente Mireles (Mabton) d. Ethan Visser (Cashmere ) 7-3 (4 OT). 138Alexander Aguilar (Omak) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 4:40. 152Russell Smith (Chewelah) d. Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) 8-2. 160Antonio Melendez (Quincy) d. Emilio Bustos (Royal) 7-2. 182Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) p. Markus Goldbach (Freeman) 2:36. 195Greg Heinen (Connell) d. Zach Wardle (Woodland) 6-4.
145Roberto Orozco (Connell) d. Lucas Eastman (Rochester) 9-4. 170Alex Myrick (Royal) d. Adam Collins (Chewelah) 4-2. 182Cruz Del Angel (Kiona-Benton) d. Tyrel Cronk (Mt. Baker) 8-3. 220Asa Schwartz (Chelan) d. Adam Hansen (Warden) 6-4 (OT). 285Cody Zyph (Kiona-Benton) m.d. Miguel Morales (Forks) 15-5.
132Tanner Sample (Elma) disq. Vincente Mireles (Mabton). 182Dustin Crabtree (Riverside) d. Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) 11-9 (3 OT). 195Caleb Johnson (Blaine) p. Greg Heinen (Connell) 1:24.
106Jesus Dominguez (Warden) d. Miguel Canales (Warden) 6-3. 138Casey Heaton (Kalama) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 3:40. 152Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) d. Sammy Trudeaux (Omak) 7-5. 160Abel Morales (Granger) d. Emilio Bustos (Royal) 3-1.
106Sebastian Morales (Forks) d. Oscar Ortiz (Connell) 7-0. 113Jose Cervantes (Connell) d. Tony Klepec (Okanogan) 10-7. 126Nathan Carroll (Castle Rock) inj. def. Ramses Rodelo (Warden). 182Josiah Thompson (Newport) d. Jack Yorgesen (Wahluke) 3-0.
Team scores (top four and local): Liberty Bell 112, Lake Roosevelt 79, Pomeroy 66, Reardan 65; 14, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 25; 19, Tri-Cities Prep 16.
170Wyatt Jenkins (Pomeroy) p. John Hylden (Tri-Cities Prep) 1:43.
145Keanu Niezwaag (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) d. Kyle Nushort (Concrete) 7-0.220Cory Goble (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) inj. def. George Crow (Raymond).
145Keanu Niezwaag (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) inj. def. Walter Harris (Northwest Christian). 220Steven Broom (Adna) p. Cory Goble (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) 4:30.