SPOKANE -- Josh Andrew won the 112-pound title to highlight a big day for Richland and the Tri-Cities at Saturday's Eastern Washington 4A regional in Spokane.
Andrew defeated Eisenhower's Chris Cardenas 8-3, securing the junior his first state berth and one of six on the day for the Bombers. It's the biggest contingent Richland will send to state going back at least 15 years.
"It's been a long time," said Bombers coach Scott Surplus. "The kids did really well."
Joining Andrew will be Kyler Mars at 119, Dustin Utecht at 135 and Brady Simpson at 285, all regional finalists. Also, Payton Manthei finished third at 103 and Mitch Atwell third at 189.
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Chiawana doubled its state entries from last season, advancing four. Chris Montelongo (103), Brandon Gonzalez (125) and Nick Garcia each finished second, and Daniel Ramirez was third at 145.
"Between us and Chiawana," Surplus said, "we did pretty good for the Tri-Cities."
Mead won the team title with 204 points, while Central Valley and Moses Lake were separated by just 1 1/2 points in second and third.
Richland was fourth and Chiawana fifth. The top three in each weight will advance to next weekend's Mat Classic XXIII in Tacoma.
The Chiefs are sending seven to state -- no great feat for Moses Lake wrestling -- but four of those are champions: Herson Rodriguez (140), Nico Moreno (145) and defending state champions Brian Chamberlain (215) and Kabe Fluaitt (285). Beau Gleed (119), Omar Suarez (125) and Jonathan Perales (160) finished third.
Utecht lost another close decision to Mead's Jeremy Golding, 3-2, the third time this season the returning state champ from Spokane and the returning state placer from the Tri-Cities have gone down to the wire.
But no match had Surplus more pleased than Mars' 3-2 win over Moses Lake's Gleed in the semifinals.
Mars, who qualified for state as a sophomore but just missed last season, came into regionals as the third seed out of districts.
"He stepped up and he stepped up big," Surplus said. "That match vs. Beau, that was huge. And going (to state) as a No. 2 seed, we'll take that."
At Ferris High, Spokane
Team scores--Mead 204, Central Valley 181 1/2, Moses Lake 180, Richland 137 1/2, Chiawana 97, Wenatchee 70, Eisenhower 62 1/2, Ferris 58, Rogers 54, Davis 53, Walla Walla 36, Gonzaga 9, Lewis & Clark 7.
Top three to state
103--Alexio Garcia (Dav) p. Chris Montelongo (Chi) 2:55; Payton Manthei (Rich) d. Matthew Petrini (Md) 1-0.
112--Josh Andrew (Rich) d. Chris Cardenas (Ike) 8-3; Chris Douglas (Rog) p. Nick Lamb (M) 2:46.
119--Colton Orrino (CV) d. Kyler Mars (Rich) 5-3; Beau Gleed (ML) m.d. Hayden Wise (ML) 9-1.
125--Jarod Maynes (CV) p. Brandon Gonzalez (Chi) 5:26; Omar Suarez (ML) p. Conner Friend (M) 4:38.
130--Brenton Beard (CV) m.d. Nick Garcia (Chi) 11-3; Isaac Gates (Wen) m.d. Dan Bentley (CV) 14-2.
135--Jeremy Golding (M) d. Dustin Utecht (Rich) 3-2; Braden Davis (CV) d. Boss Garcia (Chi) 3-0.
140--Herson Rodriguez (ML) p. Patrick Grady (CV) :46; David Munding (M) d. Paul Jagla (Wen) 3-1.
145--Nico Moreno (ML) p. Chandler Rogers (M) 1:02; Daniel Ramirez (Chi) m.d. Michael Sundheim (Rog) 9-1.
152--Austin Wagner (Dav) m.d. Jake Hollenbeck (CV) 13-5; Humberto Acevedo (Ike) p. Zach Jensen (Fer) 2:32.
160--Sam Voigtlander (M) d. Tanner Davis (CV) 6-1; Jonathan Perales (ML) d. Thomas Ruane (Rich) 7-1.
171--Jordan Rogers (M) p. Josh Whitaker (Rog) 1:08; Dustin Martin (Ike) m.d. Kurt Beck (CV) 14-1.
189--Russell Stinson (Fer) m.d. Shane Kuykendall (M) 12-1; Mitch Atwell (Rich) d. Kyle Lesmeister (Wen) 5-3.
215--Brian Chamberlain (ML) p. Pat Smith (Wen) 1:50; James Volz (M) p. Logan Reardon (WW) 1:53.
285--Kabe Fluaitt (ML) p. Brady Simpson (Rich) 3:18; Dan Schoultz (CV) p. Gerald Maib (WW) 4:55.