The Chiawana Riverhawks may not have cracked the top three at Saturday's Eastern Washington 4A regional tournament in Moses Lake.
But they still finished in a pretty elite neighborhood.
The Riverhawks finished fourth in a field of talented teams and qualified six wrestlers for state, including runners-up Chris Montelongo at 106 pounds and C.J. Edrington at 182.
The top three in each weight advance to Mat Classic XXIV this weekend in Tacoma.
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State favorite Mead had long since won the team title before the finals began. But the Riverhawks were sitting in second place a few points ahead of perennial contenders Moses Lake and Central Valley. But after going 0-for-2 in the finals, Chiawana saw Moses Lake and Central Valley -- with three champions each -- move into second and third.
Moses Lake got titles from Fernando Leyva -- who beat Montelongo 6-4 in the championship -- Beau Gleed at 120 and Nico Moreno at 152. Additionally, senior Hayden Wise finished second at 126 to earn his first state berth.
Walla Walla's Anthony Stalder placed first at 138, beating state veteran David Munding of Mead 8-7. He's joined by Wa-Hi teammate Luis Santana, who placed second at 195 following a 5-3 loss to Central Valley Kolton Cole.
Richland's Josh Andrew earned a return trip to state, but it didn't come without a portion of drama. The senior, who placed sixth at state last year, grabbed the third and final berth at 120 with a 6-1 win over Chiawana junior Pedro Murillo.
It was Andrew's third decision over Murillo this season, and it came about when Andrew was knocked off by Central Valley freshman Blake Beard 3-1 in the semifinals.
Andrew, a loss away from missing out on state, won a tough 6-4 decision in his bounce-back match before facing Murillo, who will wait out the week as an alternate.
Montelongo's loss to Leyva came after the Chiawana junior beat the Chiefs sophomore 5-0 for the district title last week. Until the final, neither wrestler had been challenged.
Edrington certainly was in for a challenge in his 182 final, facing a two-time state champion in Mead's Jordan Rogers. Rogers won with a first-period pin, but Edrington -- just a second-year wrestler -- will go to state with a No. 2 seed.
The Riverhawks got a big finish from Boss Garcia at 145. The junior finished third to earn his first state trip, beating Eisenhower's Roger Andrade 3-0 after losing to the Cadets senior earlier in the season.
Garcia, a three seed, nearly made the finals but fell short, 3-1, against Davis' Wagner in the semifinals.
Chiawana teammate Austen Silvers also reversed an earlier decision to finish third at 170. Silvers beat Moses Lake's Jonathan Perales 5-3 in the placing match, countering a 3-2 loss to Perales for the district title and denying the Chiefs state runner-up an automatic ticket to Tacoma.
Mark McKeown finished third for Chiawana at 126, beating Mead's Nick Lamb 14-9 in a battle of seniors vying for the final state berth. Clayton Smith also placed third for the Riverhawks at 138 with a 6-2 win over Mead's Andrew Basinger in the deciding match, that after losing in semifinals in triple overtime.
It wasn't all good news for the Riverhawks, though. Junior Brandon Gonzalez came up just short of state at 132, losing to Eisenhower's Marco Gonzalez 6-4 to finish fourth. Brandon Gonzalez, who made it to state last year, lost 2-0 in the semifinals to eventual champ Tylor Thelen of Central Valley.
Moses Lake's Chase Clasen topped Chiawana's Jacob Garcia 7-0 at 113 in a freshmen battle for third and fourth.
At Moses Lake
Team scores--Mead 278, Moses Lake 137, Central Valley 134, Chiawana 126, Wenatchee 71, Eisenhower 68, Davis 62, Walla Walla 62, Lewis & Clark 57, Ferris 33, Rogers 30, Gonzaga 22, Richland 19.
Top four to state and local placers
106--Fernando Leyva (ML)d. Chris Montelongo (Chi) 6-4; Cameron Manjarrez (Ike) d. Max Peterson (Md) 19-12. 113--Matthew Petrini (Md) d. Juan Lopez (Dav) 3-2; Chase Clasen (ML) d. Jacob Garcia (Chi) 9-5. 120--Beau Gleed (ML) d. Blake Beard (CV) 4-2; Josh Andrew (Rich) d. Pedro Murillo (Chi) 6-1; 5, Wil Babbitt (WW). 126--Colton Orrino (CV) m.d. Hayden Wise (ML) 10-2; Mark McKeown (Chi) d. Nick Lamb (Md) 14-9; 5, Anthony Barajas (ML). 132--Tylor Thelen (CV) d. Wyatt Nemic (Md) 7-1; Marco Gonzalez (Ike) d. Brandon Gonzalez (Chi) 6-4; 5, Pryce Seely (Rich). 138--Anthony Stalder (WW) d. David Munding (MD) 8-7; Clayton Smtih (Chi) d. Andrew Basinger (Md) 6-2. 145--Jeremy Golding (Md) d. Austin Wagner (Dav) 6-3; Boss Garcia (Chi) d. Roger Andrade (Ike) 3-0. 152--Nico Moreno (ML) m.d. Tyler McLean (Md) 11-3; Jorge Alcala (Dav) p. Ryley Hovde (LC) 4:15; 6, Blake Bishop (Chi). 160--Chandler Rogers (Md) p. Humberto Acevedo (Ike) 1:24; Tanner Davis (CV) d. Edwin Gudino (Ike) 5-0. 170--Sam Voigtlander (Md) p. Josh Whitaker (Rog) 3:37; Austen Silvers (Chi) d. Jonathan Perales (ML) 5-3. 182--Jordan Rogers (Md) p. C.J. Edrington (Chi) 1:10; Kurt Beck (CV) d. Ben Alexander (Fer) 3-0; 6, Jordan LaCelle (ML). 195--Kolton Cole (CV) d. Luis Santana (WW) 5-3; Ryan Leslie (LC) p. Derek Fredericksen (ML). 220--Kyle Lesmeister (Wen) d. Mason Ju (Md) 3-2; James Volz (Md) d. Dwayne Robinson (Rog) 3-2 OT; 5, Logan Reardon (WW). 285--Cody Bocook (Md) d. Drew Sharkey (Fer) 3-2; Dan Schoultz (CV) d. Ryan Osterlund (Wen) 7-0; 6, Quinn Piver (WW).