No way to sugarcoat this.
The inaugural Battle of the Bridge wrestling match between Kamiakin and Chiawana — and grudge match between coaching brothers — was no battle at all.
Jack Anderson’s Chiawana Riverhawks piled up 12 wins and piled on the points in a 53-9 rout over Jordan Anderson’s Braves on Thursday night at Kamiakin High.
The Riverhawks (4-0 Mid-Columbia) won the first nine matches, five of those by pin or technical fall, to open a daunting 43-point advantage before the Braves (1-3) got on the board.
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But the biggest wins in that early run were the ones that went the distance.
Chiawana’s Jadin Salazar opened the evening with a 5-3 upset of two-time state placer Harley Kolp at 138 pounds. Later, Austen Silvers took his match at 182 against defending state champion Sisto Santana Pina (Class 3A 170) to overtime before finally winning 6-5 on the fourth criterion.
The matchup of senior state placers — Silvers finished seventh at 170 in the 4As last year — was one the Riverhawks wrestler had been looking forward to for a long time.
“It was kind of like a grudge match,” said Silvers, coming off a third-place finish at the Pac Coast Championships last weekend. “He beat me in seventh grade, he beat me in eighth grade, and he beat me freshman year. I wanted to beat him in his home gym, in front of his home fans. It feels good.”
Salazar’s win hinged on Kolp choosing to work from the top starting the third period and trailing by two points. The Kamiakin senior had turned Salazar for a nearfall in the second to pull within 5-3 after Salazar hit a five-point combination in the first.
But try as he might, Kolp couldn’t get Salazar turned back over.
“I just tried to stay strong and not get turned,” said Salazar, who has wrestled the opening match in duals several times this season and enjoys setting the tone.
“I just try not to psych myself out,” he said. “Stay focused and confident.”
While Salazar and Silvers provided the marquee wins, the Riverhawks had plenty of other big finishes: a pin from Joel Murillo at 145, technical falls from Clayton Smith (won 16-1) at 152 and Blake Bishop (18-3) at 160, and more pins from Abzael Loeza at 220 and Martin Villanueva at 285 — all in that first run of nine wins. Bryce Buckley added a 15-2 win at 113.
“We want everyone on the team to have a big match,” Silvers said after the Riverhawks topped 50 points for the fourth time in Mid-Col duals. “We’re a team. We’re about team.”
Kamiakin’s first team points came from Tyler Almaguer’s pin at 106, and Jr. Pina’s 1-0 win at 132 closed the night.
But the Braves had several other strong showings in defeat.
First, sophomore Colton Deleon was tough in a 1-0 loss to senior state veteran Boss Garcia, though Garcia was bumping up a weight for the Riverhawks.
Also, senior veterans Chris Montelongo of Chiawana and Cesar Castillo of Kamiakin put on a good show in Montelongo’s 6-1 win at 120. Finally, Kamiakin sophomore Damian Gooldy put together some good scrambles in his 7-2 loss to Pedro Murillo at 126.
But there was no doubt which was the better team on this mat.
“They’ve got a great team, and they’re team-oriented,” Braves coach Jordan Anderson said. “We’re trying to get there. They have no weak spots in their lineup.”
As for the Battle of the Bridge traveling plaque “for pride and family bragging rights,” it was handed to Jack Anderson by their father, Jack Sr., a longtime coach and teacher at Kamiakin and former principal at Kennewick.
After receiving the award, Jack Jr. had to fend off Jordan’s playoff takedown (a fakedown?).
“Oh yeah,” Jordan said. “He’ll hold that over me.”
106—Tyler Almaguer (Kam) p. Ezra Cazier 3:08. 113—Bryce Buckley (Chi) m.d. Derek Gunter 15-2. 120—Chris Montelongo (Chi) d. Cesar Castillo 6-1. 126—Pedro Murillo (Chi) d. Damian Gooldy 7-2. 132—Jr. Pina (Kam) d. Laiten Schroder 1-0. *138—Jadin Salazar (Chi) d. Harley Kolp 5-3. 145—Joel Murillo (Chi) p. Zach McKinniss 2:34. 152—Clayton Smith (Chi) t.f. Sam Borisch 16-1. 160—Blake Bishop (Chi) t.f. Joseph Hernandez 18-3. 170—Boss Garcia (Chi) d. Colton Deleon 1-0. 182—Austen Silvers (Chi) d. Sisto Santana Pina 6-5 (4 OT). 195—Bernardo Castillo (Chi) win by forf. 220—Abzael Loeza (Chi) p. Nick Little 2:49. 285—Martin Villanueva (Chi) p. Ben Sullivan 3:35.
RICHLAND 32, SOUTHRIDGE 31: The Bombers needed every point they could get against the Suns, especially after Southridge’s Bryce Overholt (182) and Kevin Del-Angel (195) recorded quick pins.
Richland heavyweight Nicholas Workman was happy to oblige, scoring a 7-4 decision over Luke Davidson, and the Bombers prevailed at home after the Suns lost a team point.
“I was happy with my 285-pounder, Nicholas Workman,” Richland coach Scott Surplus said. “He’s a freshman, and he pulled out a big victory for us.”
The match was close throughout, with Richland’s Cameron Simpson (170) and Southridge’s Trenton Nett (120) each scoring a 16-0 technical fall. But the middle weights were particularly tight.
At 145, Southridge’s Jeremy Nelson earned a 16-13 decision over Kody Mars, and the Suns’ Andrew Collins beat Kevin Garza 7-5 at 152.
Southridge scored another win at 160 when Kory Miller defeated Skyler Mitchell 9-3.
“In the 160 match, they scored five points at the end when we were trying to tie the match up,” Surplus said.
But Richland earned wins at 106 (Tamika Pierce), 126 (Justin Webb), 132 (Noah Workman), 138 (Pryce Seely) and 220 (Cody O’Toole) to help seal the team victory.
106—Tamika Pierce (R) p. Hailey Cross 2:38. 113—Clayton Detmer (S) p. Dustin Rolston 1:53. 120—Trenton Nett (S) t.f. Mitch Bieber 16-0. 126—Justin Webb (R) p. Luis Solano 5:17. 132—Noah Workman (R) d. Danny Navarro 9-2. 138—Pryce Seely (R) d. Lydon Reams 7-4. 145—Jeremy Nelson (S) d. Kody Mars 16-13. 152—Andrew Collins (S) d. Kevin Garza 7-5. 160—Kory Miller (S) d. Skyler Mitchell 9-3. 170—Cameron Simpson (R) t.f. Daryn Harris 16-0. 182*—Bryce Overholt (S) p. Edwin Gastelum 1:24. 195—Kevin Del-Angel (S) p. Tyson Childs 1:10. 220—Cody O’Toole (R) p. Sean Weiher 1:39. 285—Nicholas Workman (R) d. Luke Davidson 7-4.
Hanford 39, Kennewick 33: Pins by Dallon Grinder at 220 and Jeff Weyand at 285 along with four forfeits in the upper weights helped the host Falcons pull out a Mid-Col win.
The Lions countered with six straight wins in the lower weights, including pins by Daniel Hosfield (106), Alex Ramos (113), David Ramos (120) and Ty Smith (138).
“It was a pretty ugly dual,” Hanford coach Dom Duncan said after his team evened its record at 2-2. “We didn’t wrestle very well.”
106—Daniel Hosfield (Ken) p. Dylan Covert :42. 113—Alex Ramos (Ken) p. Blake Llarenas 5:43. 120—David Ramos (Ken) p. Caleb Brown 1:37. 126—Victor Tiscareno (Ken) d. Isaac Leggett 7-1. 132—Michael Hosfield (Ken) d. Ben Hoffner 7-4. 138—Ty Smith (Ken) p. Brennan Rains 2:39. 145—David Zhai (Han) win by forf. 152—Michael Parkman (Han) d. Anthony Jones 8-6. 160—Michael Etherton (Ken) d. Jeff Anheier 9-3. 170—Seth Gifford (Han) win by forf. *182—Zach Dodson (Han) win by forf. 195—Will Bishop (Han) win by forf. 220—Dallon Grinder (Han) p. Todd Pink 3:22. 285—Jeff Weyand (Han) p. Robbie Calvert 4:43.
PASCO 44, WALLA WALLA 24: Patrick Torres’ 18-2 technical fall at 113 surrounded by four forfeits as some of Pasco’s best weights paved the way for the Bulldogs’ Mid-Col win.
Jackson Fromm scored a pin at 152 for Pasco in the back-and-forth start of the dual. Walla Walla’s Zane Henderson (182), Logan Reardon (220) and Quinn Piver (285) all stopped their matches early.
106—Bobby Guzman (P) won by forfeit. 113—Patrick Torres (P) t.f. Joey Camacho 18-2. 120—Luis Ochoa (P) won by forfeit. 126—Timmy Martinez (P) won by forfeit. 132—Brandon Gonzalez (P) won by forfeit. *138—Jake Covington (P) d. Evan Frank 5-1. 145—Groober Snell (WW) d. Anthony Sagastegui 9-2. 152—Jackson Fromm (P) p. Nigel Lugo 2:55. 160—Zachary Anderson (WW) d. Anthony Burrows 7-3. 170—Luis Velasco (P) d. Gerardo Gonnez 9-8. 182—Zane Henderson (WW) p. James Debosz 5:35. 195—Misael Estrada (P) d. Aaron Campos 6-4. 220—Logan Reardon (WW) p. Roman Cortez :49. 285—Quinn Piver (WW) p. Jeremy Tompkins :25.