Prep Wrestling

Smooth sailing to state mat for Kamiakin's Pina

PASCO -- Sisto Santana Pina is a state champion 10 times over on the wrestling mat, having won top prize at various ages growing up.

So it would seem something as relatively mundane as a regional title would be just another crown to add to the pile.

But judging by the Kamiakin's sophomore's excited reaction after claiming the 160-pound championship at the Eastern Washington 3A regional Saturday, this one meant something special at Pasco High School.

"It's really an accomplishment," said Pina, who put on an absolute clinic in his 11-3 dismantling of Shadle Park's Luke Miller. "Last year I was third. This year I knew I could do it; I just had to go out there and get the job done."

Pina produced the only title for the Tri-Cities, but still it was a good showing for local wrestlers and the CBBN in general.

University of Spokane, favored to win state since the start of the season, took team honors with 240 1/2 points, with Sunnyside not too far behind in second (218 points). Pasco finished fourth with 1111/2 points behind Shadle Park (122) and just in front of North Central (1091/2).

The CBBN and Spokane schools split the berths to next week's Mat Classic XXIII in Tacoma right down the middle. The Greater Spokane League, however, had nine of 14 champions despite having only three of the eight entries at each weight.

Sunnyside moved eight wrestlers on to state, including champions Rigo Valdez at 130, Josh Romero at 145 and Adam Peters at 285.

Both Romero and Peters won close matches over Pasco wrestlers in their finals.

Romero topped Cody Rush 6-4 in a down-to-the-wire replay of their close match in the district finals the previous weekend, also won by Romero.

The entire 145-pound bracket played out the same as district, with Hanford's Matt Owens taking third with a 6-5 decision over Southridge's Will McNamara.

"I think all four of us could do well at state," said Owens, who placed fourth at last year's Mat Classic.

Unfortunately for his friend and rival, McNamara faces an uphill battle to get on the mats next weekend, going as an alternate with only the top three at each weight guaranteed a spot.

Peter's title at 285 came following a 3-1 decision over Pasco's Albert Torres. The top-ranked Sunnyside senior managed to trip Torres on the edge of the mat for a second-period takedown, the difference in the match.

"I just need to get in better shape," said Torres, who didn't have enough energy to pressure the bigger Peters at the end of the match.

It was a big day for the Bulldogs, whose five state berths are more than the three previous years combined (3).

Along with Rush and Torres, Hugo Mabry (125), Lonnie Hurley (152) and Hector Jimenez (171) all placed third. Two more finished fourth as alternates.

Mabry's berth came at the cost of teammate Valentin Kucheryaviy. Mabry won with a pin in the match for third-fourth, ending Kucheryaviy's rise from JV wrestler to No. 4 in the region.

"I had to wrestle with my teammate, and we all have the same moves, so I had to switch it up a little bit," Mabry said. "It was different from practice."

Southridge has a pair of wrestlers in the state field. Connor Rosane finished third at 140, capping his tourney with a second-period pin to give the Suns the berth they expected. But Kevin Del Angel gave them one they won't soon forget.

A .500 wrestler during the season, Del Angel qualified second for regionals at 160 but was up against it facing University's Jacob Patschkowski with state on the line in the third-fourth match.

The Southridge sophomore trailed 12-4 on the scoreboard when he pulled out a surprise pin with 12 seconds left in the match.

"He got me in a cradle, and I just rolled right through," Del Angel said. "He almost got away, but I sunk it in deep.

"The only way I thought I would win was to get the pin, because I was not going to outscore him."

Kamiakin also will send a pair to state, with Harley Kolp joining Pina after an 8-3 decision placed him third at 119.

Kolp gave up a first-period takedown, but he came out on top during a key moment in the second when both wrestlers were trying to put each other in a cradle.

"I just got the momentum under me, and I felt the momentum so I took it," said Kolp, who vaulted into the lead with the five-point turn.

Still, no one wrestled better than Pina, who pinned his way into the finals and, once there, was never threatened.

The action started slow, with both wrestlers prodding for openings. Near the end of the first, Pina got active, feining high and low, moving around. He circled to his right, making two complete loops around the slower Miller, before pouncing back to his left and scooping up a foot left out a little too far.

The ensuing takedown was the beginning of the end for Miller, who saw his every shot not just deflected but turned back on him.

"He's working on his movement and doubling up what he does," said Kamiakin coach Ryan McCallum. "He's just been getting better."

Four more takedowns followed, the last a somersaulting display of acrobatics.

"I saw him wrestling matches earlier, and he didn't like to move," said Pina, who is returning to state after not placing as a freshman. "I feel like if I keep the energy up and keep working hard, the sky's the limit."

Class AAA regionals

Team scores--University 240 1/2, Sunnyside 218, Shadle Park 122, Pasco 111 1/2, North Central 109 1/2, Mount Spokane 97, Southridge 51, Eastmont 47, Hanford 42, West Valley 42, Kamiakin 37, Kennewick 23.

Top 3 to state

103--Fabian Wickham (Emt) p. Jesse Barajas (SS); Kwest Osborn (U) d. Ryan Pierre (U) 2-1.

112--Tyler Clark (U) p. Santos Guerrero (SS); Terrance McKinney (SP) d. Michael Hosfield (Ken) 5-1.

119--Brandon Matlock (U) t.f. Nathan Gonzalez (SS) 15-0; Harley Kolp (Kam) d. Tim Taigen (MS) 8-3.

125--Jared Berlinger (NC) d. Ryan Gable (U) 4-3; Hugo Mabry (P) p. Valentin Kucheryaviy (P) 4:30.

130--Rigo Valdez (SS) d. Rielley Smith (U) 4-0; Isaac Guerrero (SS) d. Gilbert Mendoza (P) 4-1.

135--Mitchell Bocook (NC) p. Isidro Ramirez (SS) 1:16; Sawyer Peicewicz (MS) d. Gavin McDonald (U) 3-2.

140--Darren Bunke (SP) d. Preston Baich (WV) 4-2; Connor Rosane (SR) p. Jace Clary (NC) 3:57.

145--Josh Romero (SS) d. Cody Rush (P) 6-4; Matt Owens (H) d. Will McNamara (SR) 6-5.

152--Kole Nuehs (SP) d. Austin Pea (MS) 4-1; Lonnie Hurley (P) d. Billy goforth (MS) 6-3.

160--Sisto Santan Pina (Kam) m.d. Luke Miller (SP) 11-3; Kevin Del Angel (SR) p. Jacob Patschkowski (U) 5:48.

171--Jacob Fry (U) p. Sam Rykken (NC) 3:16; Hector Jimenez (P) d. Taylor Whetzel (MS) 9-3.

189--Dylan Lemery (SP) d. Dustin Johnson (U) 3-1; Camoron Babcock (SP) p. Miguel Guzman (SS) 3:37.

215--Jake Laden (U) d. Anthony Whitmarsh (NC) 3-1; Johnny Martinez (Emt) d. Franki Ochoa (SS) 4-2.

285--Adam Peters (SS) d. Albert Torres (P) 3-1; Tegan Orndorff (U) p. Ely Gonzalez (SS) 3:35.