Wrestling roundup: Othello’s Perez wins Gut Check Invite

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BREMERTON — Isaiah Perez of Othello won a slew of tight matches to capture the 285-pound championship at the annual Gut Check Invite.

Perez won his first two matches by 2-0 decisions before outlasting Luke Dahlgren of Forks 4-2 in the semifinals. Perez once again had to hang on in the title match, beating Sedro-Woolley’s Sven Lukener 3-2.

Perez was one of two Husky placers at the tournament with Bernie Garza Jr. finishing sixth at 182. As a team, Othello was 15th with 75 points.

Moses Lake totaled 58 points and was 20th. Riley Burgess and Jonathan Tanguma placed fourth and seventh, respectively, at 113 pounds.

“We had quite a few guys who were a match away from placing,” Moses Lake head coach Jaime Garza said. “We have to learn from that and build upon that.”

Class 2A Toppenish ran away with the team title, scoring 191 points.

Warden third at home tournament

WARDEN — Elijah Gonsalez won the 170-pound championship and Warden placed third overall at its annual Jeremiah Schmunk Invitational.

Gonsalez turned in a solid performance in the title match with a 10-3 decision against Tonasket’s Carson Sasse.

In total, the Cougars had 14 placers and three other tournament runners-up. Cael Cox (113), Brenton Cole (132) and Rodrigo Ozuna (145) all placed second.

Mt. Baker held off Tonasket for the team championship by one point, 171-170.

Quincy’s Avila tournament runner-up in Cheney

CHENEY — Jose Avila finished second at 195 pounds and Quincy took sixth in the team standings at the Blackhawk Invitational.

JW Merriot of Reardan held off Avila 4-2 for the 195-pound crown.

Quincy totaled 112 points to finish sixth while Reardan had 162 for first. The Jacks had six other placers in addition to Avila.

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Othello top 10 at massive Kelso Tournament

KELSO — Othello placed seventh overall with 128 points at the 93-team Kelso Girls Tournament.

Emily Mendez won the 105-pound championship over Las Vegas’ Tehani Soares 7-4. Jacky Peguero took seventh at 125 pounds.

Ephrata’s Mya Spencer was the other tournament champion from the Basin, pinning Makayla Roggow of Kelso in the first round for the 145-pound title.

Warden’s Aaliyah Escamilla edged Moses Lake’s Melanie Flores for third place in the 100-pound bracket and Royal’s Marissa De La Rosa (235) finished third.

Sunnyside won the tournament with 201 points.

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