Wrestling roundup: Chiefs 2nd at districts, qualify 8 for regionals

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  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Hunter White (standing) works against Sunnyside's Fabia Ortega during the 120-pound district finals.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Cruz Vasquez (right) controls the leg of West Valley's Connor Koch during the 152-pound district championship.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Jonathan Tanguma (right) of Moses Lake grapples with Jaden Lopez of Davis in the 106-pound championship.

  • Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Hunter White (standing) works against Sunnyside's Fabia Ortega during the 120-pound district finals.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake's Cruz Vasquez (right) controls the leg of West Valley's Connor Koch during the 152-pound district championship.

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    Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Jonathan Tanguma (right) of Moses Lake grapples with Jaden Lopez of Davis in the 106-pound championship.

YAKIMA — Moses Lake entered championship and consolation finals trailing Sunnyside by 6.5 points.

By the time the final round had concluded, Sunnyside extended the margin to 49.5 points. Much like the dual meet to start the season, the Grizzlies had the advantage in the matches that held the most weight, figuratively.

Jonathan Tanguma, Cruz Vasquez and Sebastian Rodriguez were district championship, and Moses Lake totaled 349.5 points for second. Sunnyside won the tournament with 389 points after finishing a combined 9-0 against Moses Lake in either a championship or consolation final match.

“Embrace the grind,” Rodriguez said. “This week’s going to be a tough practice and if we don’t have everybody going as hard as they can nothing’s going to change. So, everybody’s got to just embrace the grind and keep with it.”

Finals started smoothly with Tanguma recording a second-round fall against Davis’ Jaden Sanchez. However, consecutive losses by Riley Burgess, Hunter White and Maximus Zamora — all to Sunnyside wrestlers — eliminated thoughts of a comeback.

Cruz Vasquez provided a respite with a workmanlike 8-2 victory over West Valley’s Connor Koch in the 152-pound finals. Vasquez pulled ahead 5-0, staved off a take-down by Koch and rolled to a district championship.

However, the momentum abruptly shifted when Bryan Guzman was forced to forfeit the 182-pound finals due to injury. In a move deemed legal, Guzman was thrown onto his head by Sunnyside’s Fabian Chavez early in the first round and was slow to get up and had to forfeit.

Everett Ashley followed with a narrow 3-2 loss to Isaiah Lopez of Sunnyside. Ashley was unable to get off the bottom position in the final round to tie the score.

Rodriguez allowed Moses Lake to bookend the final round with district champions. In another tight bout, Rodriguez outlasted Carson Linstad of Davis 1-0. Rodriguez scored the lone point on an escape in the second round.

“He’s got a very strong form, strong base, strong everything,” Rodriguez said. “He’s hard to take down, hard to move with. Everything I do he has a counter for it.”

Moses Lake will have the luxury of trying to rebound at home. Big Bend Community College hosts this Saturday’s regional tournament.

“I think it’s pretty cool I get to wrestle at home for regionals and show off for the crowd,” Tanguma said.

Team scores: 1. Sunnyside 389, 2. Moses Lake 349. 5, 3. Davis 219

Moses Lake placers (top 3 to regionals)

106: Jonathan Tanguma, first; Caesar Balderas, fourth

113: Riley Burgess, second; Caleb Lawson, fourth

120: Hunter White, second; Xzavier Villarreal, fourth

126: Maximus Zamora, second; Ryan Grubb, fifth

132: Camron Regan, fourth; Israel Theisfield, eighth

138: Ethan Sepulveda, sixth; Sergio Guzman, eighth

145: Karson Voss, fifth; Gavyn Rodriguez, eighth

152: Cruz Vasquez, first; Matthew Humpherys, fifth

170: Levi Carlos, fourth

182: Bryan Guzman, second

195: Everett Ashley, second

220: Jose Villa, fourth; Thomas Molitor, eighth

285: Sebastian Rodriguez, first; Saul Villa, fourth

2A CWAC District Tournament (top 6 to regionals)

Team scores: 1. Toppenish 384.5, 2. Othello 286, 3. Selah 190. Local teams: 4. Ephrata 186, 5. Quincy 150.5

106: Josiah Barrera, Othello, third; Any Cantu, Othello, seventh

113: Sammy Flores, Ephrata, first; Miguel Amezola, Othello, eighth

120: Clay Johns, Ephrata, second

126: Roberto Ramirez, Othello, second; Jonathan Gomez, Othello, fifth; Kelvin Sager, Ephrata, seventh

132: Jaxon Rocha, Othello, second, Damion Casillas, Quincy, fifth; Juan Mendoza, Ephrata, seventh

138: Jovani Espindola, Othello, first; Arturo Solorio, Othello, second

145: Salvador Chavarin, Quincy, second; Valerio Placido, Ephrata, sixth

152: Nathan Garza Jr., Othello, second; Nate Ramirez, Quincy, fourth; Corbin Sager, Ephrata, fifth; Eduardo Rodriguez, seventh; Brian Guadarrama, Quincy, eighth

160: Easton Roylance, Othello, fourth; Mykenzie Realme, Quincy, fifth; Nick Alvarez, Othello, sixth

170: Victor Mata, Quincy, sixth; Elijah Ahrend, Ephrata, seventh

182: Bernie Garza Jr., Othello, first; Alan Maceda, Ephrata, third; Hunter Harrington, Quincy, fourth; Carter Mills, Ephrata, seventh

195: Mac Laird, Ephrata, second; Jose Avila, Quincy, third; Jack Purdy, Othello, fifth; Angel Gutierrez, Othello, eighth

220: Ruben Vargas, Quincy, second; Elijah Roylance, Othello, third; Kevin Pelayo, Ephrata, seventh

285: Isaiah Perez, Othello, first; Elias Guevara, Ephrata, third; Adrian DeLeon, Othello, eighth

1A SCAC East District Tournament (top 4 to regionals)

Team scores: 1. Royal 267.5, 2. Warden 238, 3. Connell 181.5, 4. Wahluke 85

Royal placers

106: Vidal Abundiz, third; 120: Dominic Martinez, first; 126: Yahir Morales, second; Eric Myrick, fourth; 132: Mark Martinez, second; Eric Bonilla, sixth; 145: Brian Hernandez, fourth; Daniel Bonilla, second; 152: Clinton Garnick, fifth; Emilio Mendoza, third; 160: Jacob Joslin, fourth; Lorenzo Myrick, first; 170: Benji Bustos, third; 182: Kiko Gonzalez, third; 195: Kevin Dominguez, second; 220: Kevin Barajas, fourth; 285: Ruben Alatorre, sixth; Ryder Eilers, first.

Wahluke placers

138: Juan Mejia, fourth; 145: Rafael Juarez, fifth; 160: Brayan Santiago, sixth; 182: Kyle Yorgeson, second; 220: Seth Yorgeson, second; 285: Pedro Castenada, second.

Warden placers

106: Cael Cox, first; Cason Cox, second; 113: Roly Martinez, second; 120: Conneach West, fourth; Garrett Chamberlain, third; 126: Dahani Trupp, third; 132: Brenton Cole, fourth; 138: Nathan Mendez, third; 145: Ivan Dominguez, third; Rodrigo Ozuna, first; 152: Holden Haworth, first; 160: Mikey Madrigales, third; 170: Elijah Gonsalez, second; 182: Eduardo Suarez, fourth; 195: Salvador Zaragoza, third; 285: Tommy Pruneda, fourth

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