Richland won the first three matches of the night, putting a chink in Chiawana’s armor, but the Riverhawks won the next seven en route to a 47-12 Mid-Columbia Conference victory Thursday in Pasco.
The win sealed the MCC regular-season title for the Riverhawks (5-0) with two matches remaining.
“Richland did a great job,” Chiawana coach Jack Anderson said. “They have great kids and they came to work. I’m glad our guys came through at the end to get the win for us.”
Richland, missing a couple of its top wrestlers to injuries, shuffled its lineup to avoid forfeits, but still had three.
“We gave up 18 points on forfeits,” Richland coach Scott Surplus said. “We know they are a tough team, but every time we wrestle Chiawana, we show up to wrestle.”
The Bombers (4-2) opened the match with a 9-4 victory by Mitch Bieber at 132 pounds, followed by a 7-3 win by Pryce Seely at 138.
Seely, ranked fifth at 145, had a 4-0 lead over Jacob Garcia after the second round, but Garcia managed an escape and a takedown in the first 55 seconds of the third to pull within 4-3.
Garcia cut Seely loose to try and get another takedown, but his ploy failed as Seely took him down with 2 seconds remaining.
Richland’s lead swelled to 9-0 as Kody Mars eked out a 2-1 win over Masen Brown. Mars’ two points came off a reversal 1:10 into the second round. He then surrendered one point after a potentially dangerous hold.
From there, it didn’t take long for the Bombers’ lead to evaporate.
Jadin Salazar picked up a 9-4 win over Lane Heaton at 152, and Blake Bishop held off Cole Ballard 5-2 at 160 pounds.
The Riverhawks took the lead for good after Tyler Vargas’ 15-7 major decision over Ryker Mackey at 170.
Mackey trailed just 4-3 after the second round, but Vargas traded takedowns and escapes with Mackey in the third, getting the final takedown with just one second left in the match to pick up the extra point for a 10-9 lead.
Tyler Evans (182) and Clayton Johnson (195) posted wins to increase Chiawana’s lead to 17-9 before Levi McBride made a big statement at 220 with a second-round pin of Timo Bick.
McBride, ranked No. 8, took down Bick just 27 seconds into the first and controlled him the rest of the rest of the round. McBride got a hold of Bick’s right arm and turned Richland’s big man for a 3-point near fall, but couldn’t get the pin before the whistle blew.
McBride chose the up position to start the second, and had Bick on his back and shoulders to the mat in 11 seconds.
“That is something I think of as one of my strengths,” McBride said of using the arm bar to control his opponent. “I know how to work from there.”
McBride, a sophomore, improved to 5-0 in MCC action with the win.
“Being in the program and following through with everything they tell you is a big part of it,” McBride said. “I’m working for the ultimate goal.”
At 285, Chiawana’s Abzael Loeza needed just 54 seconds to pin Nick Workman for a 29-9 lead.
The Bombers got back on the winning side at 106 as Chase Wilson got the better of Nathan Bengen, 11-6. Bengen, 11th in the 4A rankings, tied the match at 2-all in the first, but quickly fell behind in the second and trailed the rest of the match.
“That was a good match for us,” Surplus said. “Their kid beat the Pasco kid we lost to.”
“They are both tough kids,” Anderson added. “Chase is a stud, and Bengen, as well. Bengen will have some things to work on before districts, but he’s been a tough freshman for us.”
Chiawana 47, Richland 12
106—Chase Wilson (R) d. Nathan Bengen, 11-6. 113—Christian Segura (C) won by forfeit. 120—Ezra Cazier (C) won by forfeit. 126—Josiah Cazier (C) won by forfeit. *132—Mitch Bieber (R) d. Bryce Buckley, 9-4. 138—Pryce Seely (R) d. Jacob Garcia, 7-3. 145—Kody Mars (R) d. Masen Brown, 2-1. 152—Jadin Salazar (C) d. Lane Heaton, 9-4. 160—Blake Bishop (C) d. Cole Ballard, 5-2. 170—Tyler Vargas (C) md. Ryker Mackey, 15-7. 182—Tyler Evans (C) d. Isaac Lavato, 7-3. 195—Clayton Johnson (C) md. Robert Tumanyan, 10-0. 220—Levi McBride (C) p. Timo Bick, 2:11. 285—Abzael Loeza (C) p. Nick Workman, :54.