WEST VALLEY - This past Saturday afternoon will be a memorable one for Mabton wrestler Robert Marquez.
The sophmore heavyweight won his first tournament in his young prep career, taking the heavyweight title at the West Valley Invitational.
Marquez's championship win helped the Vikings to a seventh place finish at the eight-team invite. The Vikes tallied 66 points. Ephrata won the tournament with 195 points and Camas was second with 172 points.
Mabton Coach John Kilian said it was a surprising weekend for him. Kilian said some of the wrestlers he didn't expect to do well surprised him.
Of the nine wrestlers Kilian took to West Valley, four of them placed.
Marquez went 3-0 at 275 lbs., defeating Ruben Rios of Toppenish 14-9 in the finals.
"It was pretty exciting," said Kilian. "He (Marquez) look great."
Cesar Macedo didn't have too shabby of an afternoon for the Vikings either, claiming runner-up honors at 160 lbs. Macedo lost in the finals to Rick Copsey of Camas, who placed fifth at State last year. Macedo was pinned in the third round at the 4:54 mark. Macedo made his way to the finals with two pins earlier in the day.
"Cesar had a great day," said Kilian. "We were really proud of him."
Mabton freshman Luis Aviles was another of the wrestlers who surprised Kilian. Aviles finished fourth at 112 lbs., losing to Isaac Gutierrez of Toppenish by pin in 4:09 of the consolation finals.
"He is young," said Kilian. "He has to get some strength built up. He did some good moves. He had a good day."
The last of the placers for the Vikings was Victor Bustos at 125 lbs. Bustos was fourth with a 2-2 mark. Bustos lost in the third round by pin in his consolation finals match against Adam Sifuentes of Toppenish.
Up next for the Vikings is a home match this Thursday night against defending 1A champion Warden.