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. “It’s 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, Connell’s Roberto Orozco won at 145 and Royal’s 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 can’t get any better than this,” Anthony Barrera said. “Individual state champ, team state champ my senior year.” It was Barrera’s 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 didn’t need any added motivation in his matchup with Deer Park’s 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 Garza’s 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 Othello’s placers.
Del Angel was never threatened by Mt. Baker’s 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.”
“He’s just seen so much,” said Ki-Be coach Ben Hill. “He’s not worried about that stuff.”
Zyph didn’t 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, “you’re in the clear.”
Myrick’s 4-2 win over Adam Collins of Chewelah was the natural progression of the Royal senior’s 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 hadn’t come close to a takedown. But twice he got past Eastman’s 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 wasn’t daunted at all to step on the finals mat.
“I expected it,” he said after some serious bear-hugging with his coaches. “It’s what I prepared for.”
Greg Heinen added a fourth-place finish for Connell at 215.
Warden’s 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, Chelan’s Asa Schwartz got the takedown for a 6-4 win.
Mabton’s Vincente Mireles placed fourth at 132, as did Royal’s Christian Guerrero at 182. Jesus Dominguez of Warden (106) and Tucker Simonton of Columbia-Burbank (152) finished fifth, while Ki-Be’s Kale Setzer (138) and Royal’s Emilio Bustos (160) were sixth.
Tri-Cities Prep’s John Hylden finished second at 170, getting pinned in the final by Pomeroy’s 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.
106—Anthony Barrera (Othello) injury default Isaiah Barrera (Othello). 113—Alec Espinoza (Othello) d. Adam Adkinson (Sedro-Woolley) 7-2. 126—Lucas Garza (Othello) m.d. Steven Martinez (Toppenish) 9-1. 285—Bubba Ruiz (Othello) d. Alex Darud (Centralia) 6-4 (3 OT)
Consolation third round
120—Manny Martinez (Othello) p. Isaiah Rodenhurst (Olympia (1:40). 132—Rico Ybarra (Orting) d. Joesiah Saunders (Grandview) 8-3. 145—Jacob Farrell (Sedro-Woolley) d. Eric Garza (Othello) 9-4.
106—Isaiah Barrera (Othello) p. Bailey McBride (Cedarcrest) 2:40. 120—Manny Martinez (Othello) d. Denver Parker (Chewelah) 3-2.
106—Anthony Barrera (Othello) d. Omar Gomez (Wapato) 6-5. 113—Fred Green (Orting) p. Alec Espinoza (Othello) 2:57.
126—Lucas Garza (Othello) d. Jake Konzal (Deer Park) 5-3 (OT). 285—Monike Failauga (Fife) d. Bubba Ruiz (Othello) 3-2.
106—Isaiah Barrera (Othello) d. Aaron Klauder (Deer Park) 11-4. 120—Austin Dodson (Orting) d. Manny Martinez (Othello) 2-1.
132—Joesiah Saunders (Grandview) d. Tanner Zavala (Burlington Edison) 4-1. 145—Michael 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.
132—Tyler Miler (Stevenson) d. Vincente Mireles (Mabton) 9-7. 138—Anton King (Medical Lake) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 3:00. 145—Roberto Orozco (Connell) p. Isias Jimenez (Quincy) 4:51. 170—Alex Myrick (Royal) t.f. Kyle Wilkins (Goldendale) 15-0. 182—Cruz Del Angel (Kiona-Benton) p. Markus Goldbach (Freeman) 1:49. 195—Preston Morris (Vashon Island) d. Greg Heinen (Connell) 4-2. 220—Adam Hansen (Warden) d. Sterling Honeycutt (Mt. Baker) 9-4. 285—Cody Zyph (Kiona-Benton) d. Mike Antczak (Blaine) 7-4.
Consolation third round
106—Miguel Canales (Warden) p. Oscar Ortiz (Connell) 4:35; Jesus Dominguez (Warden) d. Sebastian Morales (Forks) 7-6. 113—Ricky Almaguer (Granger) d. Jose Cervantes (Connell) 7-0. 126—Jorge Juarez (Tonasket) inj. def. Ramses Rodelo (Warden). 152—Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) d. Seth Risner (Castle Rock) 8-2. 160—Emilio Bustos (Royal) d. Tyler McTee (Naches Valley) 10-4. 182—Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) m.d. Jack Yorgesen (Wahluke) 12-1.
106—Ryan Wilson (Elma) d. Miguel Canales (Warden) 2-0; Jo Jo Saringan (Castle Rock) d. Jesus Dominguez (Warden) 7-6. 132—Vincente Mireles (Mabton) d. Ethan Visser (Cashmere ) 7-3 (4 OT). 138—Alexander Aguilar (Omak) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 4:40. 152—Russell Smith (Chewelah) d. Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) 8-2. 160—Antonio Melendez (Quincy) d. Emilio Bustos (Royal) 7-2. 182—Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) p. Markus Goldbach (Freeman) 2:36. 195—Greg Heinen (Connell) d. Zach Wardle (Woodland) 6-4.
145—Roberto Orozco (Connell) d. Lucas Eastman (Rochester) 9-4. 170—Alex Myrick (Royal) d. Adam Collins (Chewelah) 4-2. 182—Cruz Del Angel (Kiona-Benton) d. Tyrel Cronk (Mt. Baker) 8-3. 220—Asa Schwartz (Chelan) d. Adam Hansen (Warden) 6-4 (OT). 285—Cody Zyph (Kiona-Benton) m.d. Miguel Morales (Forks) 15-5.
132—Tanner Sample (Elma) disq. Vincente Mireles (Mabton). 182—Dustin Crabtree (Riverside) d. Chrisitan Guerrero (Royal) 11-9 (3 OT). 195—Caleb Johnson (Blaine) p. Greg Heinen (Connell) 1:24.
106—Jesus Dominguez (Warden) d. Miguel Canales (Warden) 6-3. 138—Casey Heaton (Kalama) p. Kale Setzer (Kiona-Benton) 3:40. 152—Tucker Simonton (Columbia-Burbank) d. Sammy Trudeaux (Omak) 7-5. 160—Abel Morales (Granger) d. Emilio Bustos (Royal) 3-1.
106—Sebastian Morales (Forks) d. Oscar Ortiz (Connell) 7-0. 113—Jose Cervantes (Connell) d. Tony Klepec (Okanogan) 10-7. 126—Nathan Carroll (Castle Rock) inj. def. Ramses Rodelo (Warden). 182—Josiah 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.
170—Wyatt Jenkins (Pomeroy) p. John Hylden (Tri-Cities Prep) 1:43.
145—Keanu Niezwaag (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) d. Kyle Nushort (Concrete) 7-0.220—Cory Goble (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) inj. def. George Crow (Raymond).
145—Keanu Niezwaag (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) inj. def. Walter Harris (Northwest Christian). 220—Steven Broom (Adna) p. Cory Goble (Ritzville/Lind/Sprague) 4:30.