Tick another item off the Chiawana wrestling team's "to do" list.
The third-year program scored its first win over the Richland Bombers on Tuesday night, 54-16. The CBBN 4A dual was decided before anyone set foot on the host Riverhawks' mat, with a depleted Richland squad giving away six weights uncontested.
But that didn't take anything away from the accomplishment.
"We take that pretty serious," junior 138-pounder Brandon Gonzalez said, referring to the team's "redemption" cry about avenging losses from its first two seasons. "We've been training for years, and a lot of guys have come back (from previous seasons). We want to show we're tough and we're as strong as anyone."
Unbeaten in league along side Moses Lake, the River-hawks are making good on their goal of a Big Nine title.
Take away the 36 free points from the forfeits and the Riverhawks had an 18-16 advantage as the two teams split the eight matches that were wrestled. Chiawana also bump up at five weights.
Gonzalez, who normally wrestles at 132, got the night started at 138 with a 5-2 win over Marcel Reyes, who made Gonzalez work to the final whistle.
Chad White moved up from the JV to score an 8-4 win over David Crawford at 152. White trailed 4-0 after the first period but scored five points at the end of the second and turned Crawford for three more to cement the victory.
P.J. Murillo at 126 and Mark McKeown at 132 scored pins to close out the dual.
"I'm still really impressed with P.J.," said Chiawana coach Jack Anderson. He was on the attack, and he's doing everything we work on in practice. And I thought Mark McKeown did an excellent job as well."
With Murillo bumping up to 126, it left some fans disappointed at not getting to see him take on Richland state placer Josh Andrew.
Andrew, who is 22-1, had one of his closest matches of the season against Murillo over the weekend at the Pacific Northwest Classic in Spokane. Andrew won 6-1 on his way to claiming the 120-pound title.
On Tuesday, he instead put on a takedown clinic against sophomore Victor Tiscoreno, scoring 11 of them in a 25-9 technical fall. The scoring came so fast that the match actually should have been stopped one takedown earlier at 23-8, but the scoreboard couldn't keep up.
Cameron Simpson gave the Bombers another tech fall at 170 with a 16-1 win, while Adam Jones at 145 and Skyler Mitchell at 160 both scored decisions for Richland.
Jones' win, a 10-7 decision against Clayton Smith, was easily the most exciting match of the night with seven lead changes throughout. Three of those came in the third period, as Jones reversed quickly before Smith escaped and then scored a takedown with a minute left for a 7-6 lead.
But Jones reversed back with 37 seconds left -- the fourth reversal of the match between the two -- and then barred Smith's arm and turned him for two back points and some breathing room.
"Surplus never told us to stall out when we're up a point," Jones said of advice from his coach, Scott Surplus. "But you have to stay smart."
Jones added that his senior year hasn't turned out as expected, with all those forfeited weights taking the Bombers out of most duals before they even start.
"For us, it's tough understanding that you're going to lose (the team score). You always go out to win," he said. "But wrestling to me is about the individual and not a team sport. These matches are big for seeding."
The Riverhawks, meanwhile, are on to the next item on their check list. With "redemption" wins over Eisenhower, Pasco, Wenatchee and now Richland this year, they have to wait 10 days - and wrestle Davis on Thursday - before their toughest challenge yet: Moses Lake.
"That would be a huge for us," Gonzalez said. "That would show that all the hard work has paid off."
Chiawana 54, Richland 16: 106--Eli Sikes (Chi) win by forf. 112--Chris Montelongo (Chi) win by forf. 120--Josh Andrew (Rich) t.f. Victor Tiscoreno 25-9. 126--P.J. Murillo (Chi) p. Alex Webb 3:05. 132--Mark McKeown (Chi) p. Chance Erwin 1:13. *138--Brandon Gonzalez (Chi) d. Marcel Reyes 5-2. 145--Adam Jones (Rich) d. Clayton Smith 10-7. 152--Chad White (Chi) d. David Crawford 8-4. 160--Skyler Mitchell (Rich) d. Blake Bishop 9-4. 170--Cameron Simpson (Rich) t.f. Absalon Hernandez 16-1. 182--Austin Silvers (Chi) win by forf. 195--C.J. Edrington (Chi) win by forf. 220--Jose Ramirez (Chi) win by forf. 285--Martin Villanueva (Chi) win by forf.