Chiawana coach Jack Anderson knew Kamiakin was missing half of its lineup to injury, but when league marks and family bragging rights are on the line, there is no mercy.
The Riverhawks won seven matches by forfeit and four by pin en route to a 69-7 victory over the host Braves in a Mid-Columbia Conference dual Thursday night to win the Battle of the Bridge for the second year in row.
“Our kids did a great job,” said Jack Anderson, whose team defeated Kennewick 60-7 in an earlier match. “It’s easy when you have a lot of forfeits to let down a little, but they didn’t. They treated every match as if it was a league title match. Every guy wants to score points for the team.”
Kamiakin coach Jordan Anderson, the younger brother of the Anderson clan, was missing nine starters because of injury, including a broken hand and a torn ACL.
Never miss a local story.
“We knew tonight would be tough, but the guys showed a lot of heart,” said Jordan Anderson, whose team also dropped a 47-19 match to Kennewick. “A couple of the guys wanted to wrestle tonight, but we want to make sure they are healthy for the postseason in February. It’s not worth it.”
The match started at 138 pounds, where Chiawana’s Jacob Garcia picked up a 9-5 win over Cedar Ceja. The Riverhawks would win every match up to 126, where Kamiakin’s Liam Walker used a pair of takedowns and two reversals to beat Austen Vance 8-2.
“This was Liam’s first league start,” Jordan Anderson said. “He was on his back half the match. He’s a fighter.”
At 132, Franky Garcia picked up the Braves’ other win, a 14-6 major decision over Aaron Loving.
“Franky does whatever we ask of him, and he gets results,” Jordan Anderson said.
The Braves looked in position to pick up points in the 285-pound match as Nick Little got a quick takedown and rode Cameron Silvers the rest of the first round.
Little chose the down position to start the second, but made the mistake of letting Silvers get his right arm and turn him to the mat. Silvers recorded the pin at 2:32.
“He gave me that arm,” said Silvers, who also pinned Little at the Winter Cup at Hanford High School. “You can’t defend that when you get all that weight on there.”
Against Kennewick, the Riverhawks also used a handful of forfeits to pick up the win and improve to 4-0 in the MCC standings.
The Lions got wins from David Ramos (120) and Alex Ramos (126).
In the Kamiakin-Kennewick matchup, Franky Garcia picked up his first win of the night, pinning Victor Tiscareno in 1:40 at 132. The Braves gave up four forfeits to the Lions, while two matches were double forfeits.
“The effort was there, I was proud of them for that,” Jordan Anderson said of his team.
Chiawana 69, Kamiakin 7
106—Nathan Bengen (C) won by forfeit. 113—Christian Segura (C) won by forfeit. 120—Ezra Cazier (C) won by forfeit. 126—Liam Walker (K) d. Austen Vance, 8-2. 132—Franky Garcia (K) md. Aaron Loving, 14-6. *138—Jacob Garcia (C) d. Cedar Ceja, 9-5. 145—Masen Brown (C) p. Roman Montalvo, 1:38. 152—Jadin Salazar (C) p. Joseph Hernandez, 1:26. 160—Blake Bishop (C) won by forfeit. 170—Tyler Vargas (C) won by forfeit. 182—Clayton Johnson (C) p. Levi Tipps, 1:59. 195—Braylon Hansen (C) won by forfeit. 220—Levi McBride (C) won by forfeit. 285—Cameron Silvers (C) p. Nick Little, 2:32.
Chiawana 60, Kennewick 7
106 — Nathan Bengen (C) p. Josue Villa, :26. 123 — Christian Segura (C) won by forfeit. 120 — David Ramos (K) md. Ezra Cazier, 11-2. 126 — Alex Ramos (K) d. Austen Vance, 5-1. 132 — Josiah Cazier (C) d. Victor Tiscareno, 7-2. 138 — Jacob Garcia (C) d. Alejandro Ramos, 5-3. 145 — Masen Brown (C) md. Tristan Thomas, 10-0. 152 — Jadin Salazar (C) won by forfeit. 160 — Blake Bishop (C) won by forfeit. 170 — Tyler Vargas (C) p. Kyle Shriver, :24. 182 — Braylon Hansen (C) won by forfeit. 195 — Clayton Johnson (C) d. Hugo Cartagena, 10-1. 220 — Levi McBride (C) p. Todd Pink, :54. 285 — Abzael Loeza (C) d. Robby Calvert, 9-1.
Kennewick 47, Kamiakin 19
106—Josue Villa (Ke) won by forfeit. 113—Double forfeit. 120—David Ramos (Ke) won by forfeit. 126—Alex Ramos (Ke) tf. Liam Walker, 17-1. 132—Franky Garcia (Ka) p. Victor Tiscareno, 1:40. 138—Cedar Ceja (Ka) md. David Ramos, 14-5. 145—Ty Smith (Ke) p. Roman Montalvo. 152—Joseph Hernandez (Ka) d. Tristan Thomas, 10-4. 160—Double forfeit. 170—Kyle Shriver (Ke) p. Levi Tipps, :56. 182—Jose Solario (Ka) won by forfeit. 195—Hugo Cartagena, (Ke) won by forfeit. 220—Todd Pink (Ke) won by forfeit. 285—Robby Calvert (Ke) p. Nick Little, 1:57.