Jacks pin down win
Quincy defeats rival Tigers; fifth at Bob Mars tourney
The Jacks had a solid, but not flawless start to the grappling season.
Quincy opened their season with a 40-34 win over Ephrata last Thursday, but needed to rally for the nonleague victory. On Saturday, Quincy placed fifth out of 17 teams at the Bob Mars Tournament in Kennewick.
Quincy 40, Ephrata 34
After falling behind 16-0, 106-pound sophomore Victor Salgado notched a first-period pin over Ephrata’s Rey Hernandez. The two rolled around the mat seeking control and it appeared the Tiger grappler had the upper hand, putting Salgado on his back. But a quick back bridge was followed by a half nelson and a pin at the one minute, four-second mark.
“Victor is going to be our surprise,” coach Greg Martinez said. “He is a hard worker.
“He’s still young, he’s a fighter and willing to get after it.”
113-pound Christian Alejandrez added a 15-0 technical decision over Miguel Rodriguez and the Jacks moved within 16-11. The two teams traded wins in the next two bouts, with Gabe Martinez defeating Eli Perez 16-5.
132-pounder Spencer Elmore caught Ephrata’s Devyn Stargel in a cradle, followed by 138-pound John Lindquist putting Nick Wall in a cradle, giving the Jacks a 27-22 lead.
Quincy took a bigger lead after the 152- and 160-pound matches. Isias Jiminez defeated Dalton Johnson 12-6 and Carter Bushman pinned Bryce Unruh for a 36-28 lead. Bushman’s win came midway through the third period after he put Unruh to his back and immediately was awarded the pin.
“I either dazed him super bad or knocked him out,” Bushman said.
Antonio Melendez picked up a win at 170 pounds with a 17-6 major decision over Benny Carter. Ephrata won the last match for a 40-34 final.
Heart in loss
The heavyweight match featured two 220-pounders in Roberto Avila and Ephrata’s Tyrus Kemp. Kemp placed third at Mat Classic XXIV last season and Avila has never wrestled before. Kemp won 12-1, but was unable to pin Avila.
“This is the first year he has ever wrestled,” Martinez said. “He’s a boxer, he’s a fighter. It was one of my favorite matches to watch.”
“I want to see more of his heart in the rest of the kids.”
The Jacks took fifth behind a trio of second-place finishers - Alejandrez, Martinez and Melendez. Quincy also had two fifth-place finishes from Jiminez and Steven Gomez.
Martinez was pleased with his team's performance last Saturday. He said all three finalists faced state champions in their title bouts and Jiminez and Gomez were able to work their way through the consolation brackets to place fifth.
Alejandrez (113) opened with a bye and followed with a 9-5 decision over Kennewick’s Alex Ramos, then defeated Jose Garcia of Moses Lake 10-2 in the semifinals. In the finals match, he faced Riverside’s Gustavo Madrigal and lost 4-3.
Martinez (120) opened with a 16-0 decision over Tanner Gorze of Walla Walla, followed by an 8-0 win over Noe Gonzalez of Walla Walla and in the semifinals, he defeated Colton Skeen of Pendleton 5-4. In the finals he lost to Hans Rockwell of Riverside 4-2.
170-pound Melendez pinned Wenatchee’s Wyatt Long in 52 seconds, followed by a second-period pin over Mason Brown of Chiawana and in the semifinals he defeated Tanner Yeager 8-3. In the finals he lost to Cameron Simpson 10-4.
Jiminez (152) pinned Servando Renteria of Southridge in the first round, but was defeated by Diego Hernandez of Zillah 14-7. In the consolation brackets, he defeated teammate Anthony Navarro by injury default, pinned Grover Snell in the second round and defeated Mario Sepulveda of Riverside 7-0.
Gomez lost to Hector Zavala 7-3 and recovered to pin Jason Rodriguez of Othello, defeated Nate Murrillo of Chiawana 4-3, defeated Edwin Gastelum of Richland 5-3 and took fifth with a 3-2 win over Colton Deleon of Kamiakin.