Vikings place fifth at Lake Roosevelt tournament

COULEE DAM-The Mabton High School wrestling team came off the Christmas holiday with a fifth place showing at the Lake Roosevelt Invitational Tuesday afternoon.

The Vikings took fifth place honors with 112 points. Host Lake Roosevelt won the tournament with 188 points. Warden was second with 183 points and Rainier was third with 154 points. Mabton was just behind Wilbur-Creston-Keller, which was fourth with 126 points.

"We did pretty good," said Mabton Coach John Kilian. "A few guys wrestled up and wrestled with some fire. We have a few guys who need to learn to wrestle with some fire."

Mabton crowned three champions on the day.

The first of the champions for the Vikings was Luis Aviles at 112 lbs. The Mabton freshman went 2-0 on the day, defeating Ann Thomas of Lake Roosevelt by pin in 58 seconds. Kilian said Aviles won his other match by pin in 48 seconds.

"Luis looked good," said Kilian. "He got out there and got after it."

Andy Torres won the 125-lb. title for the Vikings, defeating Sinclair Ballmes of Rainier by pin in 2:47.

"Andy took care of him pretty well," said Kilian.

Mabton's final champion was heavyweight Robert Marquez, who improved to 13-0 on the season. Marquez had his long-awaited meeting with Warden's Luis Martinez in the finals, winning 4-2.

"He was really in control the whole match," said Kilian.

One of the two points Marquez gave up was a penalty point.

In his other two matches, Marquez won by pin and via a 6-2 decision.

Marco Zepeda (2-2) took fifth place honors for the Vikings at 135 lbs.

"It was probably the toughest weight class all day," said Kilian.

Zepeda beat Kittitas wrestler West Holden for fifth place honors with a pin in three minutes. Zepeda lost 11-9 to Holden in the first match of the day.

Jovani Ochoa placed fourth for Mabton at 145 lbs. Ochoa lost by pin in 5:43 to Chance Epperson of Lake Roosevelt.

Cesar Macedo also took fourth for Mabton at 160 lbs., losing to V.J. Vargas of Lake Roosevelt in 1:28.

Mabton's Eli Perez was fifth for the Vikings at 189 lbs., pinning Joel Galler of Lake Roosevelt in 5:40.

"I was pretty proud of him," said Kilian.

The Vikings will be competing at the eight-team Freeman Invitational on Thursday.


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