Wrestling: Kiona-Benton wins Best of the West title

December 21, 2013 

Best of the West Wrestling

Pasco's Luis Velazco, top, controls Kamiak's Spencer Mitchell on Saturday during a 152-pound match during the Best of the West wrestling tournament at Pasco High School. High school wrestlers from around the Northwest competed in the tournament.

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Thanks to titles from Cody Zyph at heavyweight and Cruz DelAngel at 182 pounds, Kiona-Benton won the team title during the individual portion of the Best of the West wrestling tournament Saturday at Pasco High.

Zyph pinned Evergreen’s Austin Wright in 5 minutes, 20 seconds, while DelAngel pinned Centennial (Idaho)’s Kyzer Bailey in 3:38.

The Bears finished with 106 points, while Mountain View was second at 99.5 and Prairie third at 99.

Kiona-Benton also got a second-place finish from Tanner Cook at 220. Pasco took eighth with 68 points, while Kamiakin was ninth with 67 and Richland 10th with 60.5.

Tyler Almaguer won the title at 113 pounds for the Braves, while Pasco’s Timmy Martinez won at 126 pounds, and Connell’s Greg Heinen captured gold at 195.

Richland’s Pryce Seely took second at 138 pounds, while Connell’s Robert Orozco (152) and Southridge’s Bryce Overholt (170) also placed second.

The tournament featured 21 schools from three states. Newberg, Ore., won the team dual title Friday.

Also placing from area schools Saturday were: Pasco’s Bobby Guzman (third, 106) and Luis Velazco (152, fourth); Hermiston’s Karell Abdul (120, fourth), Marcus Hendrickson (152, third) and Jacob Cooper (182, third); Royal’s Carlos Hernandez (126, fourth), Darrin Miller (170, third) and Matt Bartlett (195, fourth); Richland’s Mitch Bieber (132, third); Southridge’s Danny Navarro (138, third); and Kiona-Benton’s Kareem Johnson (160, fourth).

At Pasco High

Team scores—1. Kiona-Benton, 106; 2. Mountain View, 99.5; 3. Prairie, 99; 4. Clarkston, 95.5; 5. Mount Si, 85; 6. Battle Ground, 77; 7. Evergreen, 75.5; 8. Pasco, 68; 9. Kamiakin, 67; 10. Richland, 60.5; 11. Kamiak, 60.5; 12. West Salem, 59; 13. Connell, 58.5; 14. Heritage, 58; 15. Centralia, 55; 16. Newberg, 55; 17. Royal, 53.5; 18. Priest River, 48; 19. Southridge, 46; 20. Washougal, 39.5; 20. Selah, 31.5; 21. Hermiston, 11.

106—Championship: Carlos Lopez, Selah, dec. Spencer Clagg, Clarkston, 3-0; Third-place: Bobby Guzman, Pasco, pin William Taisacan, Mountain View, 5:15.

113—Championship: Tyler Almaguer, Kamiakin, pin Brandon Huft, Mountain View, 3:35; Third-place: Isaiah Av, Evergreen, pin Bryce Bock, 1:42.

120—Championship: Eli Clure, Mount Si, pin Jeb Powell, West Salem, 5:04; Third-place: Ben James Dixon, Mountain View, maj. dec. Karell Abdul, Hermiston.

126—Championship: Timmy Martinez, Pasco, pin Jason Cole, Battle Ground, 3:21; Third-place: Austin Au, Selah, inj. default Carlos Hernandez, Royal.

132—Championship: Ramon Ortiz, Evergreen, dec. Damien Gooldy, Kamiakin, 9-3; Third-place: Mitch Bieber, Richland, dec. Mason Marenco, Mount Si, 9-5.

138—Championship: Kenji Yamashita, Mountain View, dec. Pryce Seely, Richland, 8-2; Third-place: Danny Navarro, Southridge, dec. Jesse Reagan, Washougal, 3-2.

145—Championship: Ryley Absher, Mount Si, maj. dec. Zach Freeman, Clarkston, 10-0; Third-place: Dallas Hopkins, Priest River, dec. Tanner Baldwin, Washougal, 4-3.

152—Championship: Eric Benton, Clarkston, pin Robert Orozco, Connell, 1:25; Third-place: Marcus Hendrickson, Hermiston, dec. Luis Velazco, Pasco, 6-1.

160—Championship: Mario Gonzalez, Prairie, maj. dec. Cam Harris, West Salem, 12-4; Third-place: David Bikoev, Kamiak, dec. Kareem Johnson, Kiona-Benton, 4-2.

170—Championship: Tyler Webley, Kamiak, inj. default Bryce Overholt, Southridge; Third-place: Darrin Miller, Royal, maj. dec. Nick Graham, Prairie, 12-4.

182—Championship: Cruz DelAngel, Kiona-Benton, pin Kyzer Bailey, Centennial, 3:38; Third-place: Jacob Cooper, Hermiston, pin Nathan Wu, Mountain View, 1:01.

195—Championship: Greg Heinen, Connell, dec. Tyler Duncan, Prairie, 4-3; Third-place: Will Fox, Newberg, pin Matt Bartlett, Royal, 3:31.

220—Championship: Dylan Beeler, Clarkstron, maj. dec. Tanner Cook, Kiona-Benton, 16-2; Third-place: Dallas Goodpaster, Prairie, pin Sheldon Michalios, Battle Ground, 5:33.

285—Championship: Cody Zyph, Kiona-Benton, pin Austin Wright, Evergreen, 5:20; Third-place: Dakota Church, Newberg, dec. Tyler Dady, Battle Ground, 3-1.

Tri-State: Hermiston’s Samuel Colbray won the title at 195 pounds by a 4-1 decision over Lake Stevens’ Cody Vigoren at 195 pounds.

Teammates Damien Martinez was seventh at 285 and Andy Wagner was eighth at 120.

The Bulldogs finished in 13th in the team standings with 92.5 points. Kuna, Idaho, won the title with 193 points, while Chiawana was 26th with 51 points.

Tyler Vargas (170) and Levi McBride (220) both finished eighth for the Riverhawks.

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