I had the good fortune of spending the afternoon at the Best of the West wrestling tournament at Pasco High School.
I had the wrestling beat when I first started working at the Herald, but the Tri-City Americans pulled me away from the mats. I really do enjoy the sport, and every once in a while, like today, I get a treat.
Hermiston's Joey Delgado is the real deal. If you have a chance, take the drive to Hermiston and watch and sophomore Tyler Berger.
While watching the finals, I heard my name being called behind me. I didn't recognize the face at first, but the name I did — Nathan Navarro. Now an assistant coach at Nampa High School in Idaho, he wrestled at Ontario High School when I worked at the Argus Observer. He won three 3A state titles 1995 (100 pounds), 1996 (106) and 1997 (112). He had a streak of 80 consecutive wins.
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He was the Joey Delgado of the late 1990s. He went on to wrestle at Oregon State (as Delgado will do next year). Now, Nathan's married with three boys and I feel older than I did when I walked out of the house.