Prep Wrestling

Mid-Columbian grapplers win 3 titles at Tri-State

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The Mid-Columbia had a fine day at Saturday's prestigious Tri-State wrestling tournament in Coeur d'Alene, winning three titles and placing 10 wrestlers.

Hermiston, Oregon's four-time defending 5A champion, got back-to-back titles from Tyler Berger at 125 pounds and Joey Delgado at 130. Moses Lake's Kabe Fluaitt carried the day at 285.

Richland's Dustin Utecht at 135 and Hermiston's Curtis Berger at 189 each reached the finals and finished second.

The Bulldogs finished eighth in the team standings, with Moses Lake tying for 11th and Richland placing 16th. Kamiakin finished 51st.

Delgado, halfway to becoming a four-time state champion, breezed through his bracket with two pins and a technical fall to reach the semifinals. He followed up with a pair of 9-2 decisions to claim the title.

Berger, a freshman, cruised into the quarterfinals before taking down a pair of Greater Spokane League state vets -- North Central's Jared Berlinger 6-2 and Central Valley's Jarod Maynes 8-6 -- and winning the title with a pin.

Hermiston's other two-time state champ, senior Curtis Berger, finished second at 189, losing 2-1 to familiar foe Dustin Johnson of University. The two wrestled in the finals at the Inland Empire Invite the previous week, with Berger taking that decision.

Bryce McMahon won five straight matches after being knocked off in his opener and wound up placing seventh at 152 for the Bulldogs.

Utecht had a close go in his first match, an 8-5 victory, before winning a pair of easy decisions and a pin to reach the final, where he lost 6-4 to Mead's Jeremy Golding.

Richland saw two other wrestlers bring home medals: Josh Andrews was fourth at 112 and Brady Simpson fifth at 285.

Simpson lost by a single point, 4-3, to Fluaitt in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with 9-4 and 10-0 decisions to reach the placing matches and closed out his day with a 7-4 victory.

The Brady match was the only close call Fluaitt had in reaching the finals for Moses Lake. He capped his run with a 5-3 decision over Deer Park's Shawn Burton.

Chiefs teammates Herson Rodrigeuz (sixth at 140) and Nico Moreno (fourth at 145) also placed. Moreno was pinned by eventual champion Casey George of Lewiston, but he lasted the longest against the Boise State-bound senior, getting to the third period.

Rodriguez's run was derailed by a pair of close decisions -- 5-4 to the eventual champ in the semifinals and 2-0 to fourth-place finisher in the consolation rounds.

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YAKIMA -- Titles from Nathan Gonzalez at 119 and Josh Romero at 152 helped Sunnyside claim the team crown at the annual event in Yakima on Saturday.

The Grizzlies finished with 208 points, well ahead of second-place Shadle Park's 1701/2. Othello was sixth (140).

Sunnyside's Adam Peters finished second at 285, giving Granger's Pete Almaguer an injury default in the final. Teammate Frank Ochoa placed third in the same weight as a nonscoring wrestler. Isidro Ramirez (135) and Emmanuel Tejada (140) also took third for the Grizzlies.

Othello got a pair of titles from Matt Jordan at 140 and Amando Deleon at 171. Joey Gomez finished second at 215, losing 7-6 to Zillah's Nathaniel Deardorf in the final.

Hanford had a trio of placers, with Matt Owens second at 145, Joe Traverso third at 160 and Casey Enderlin sixth at 189.

Kennewick's Nathan Ottley was fifth at 152, and Pasco's Hugo Mabry sixth at 130. Prosser's Irving Jaimez won the 125 title with a 9-8 decision over Royal's Danny Barajas.

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