GOLDENDALE - The difference in the two matches for the Mabton High School wrestling team last night was like night and day.
The Vikings traveled to Goldendale last night to face Granger and Goldendale. Mabton got past the Timberwolves 31-22, but were hammered by the Spartans 53-18.
"We did not wrestle well," said Mabton Coach Ron Rutz of the match against Granger. "I am not making any excuses. We bumped everyone up a weight to try and win. We didn't match up well. We need to wrestle better."
The Vikings took to the mat first against Goldendale. Rutz felt his squad wrestled tough against the Timberwolves.
The Goldendale match started off at 152 lbs. with Mabton's Cesar Macedo pinning Jared Witt in five minutes. Macedo bumped up to 160 lbs. against the Spartans, losing to Mike Salcedo in 22 seconds.
At 160 lbs., Mabton's Oswald Fonseca pinned Goldendale's Saul Losalla in 1:22. Fonseca moved up to 171 lbs. against Granger, losing in 3:30 to Pedro Navarette.
There was no match between Mabton and Goldendale at 171 lbs. The Vikings also gave up a forfeit to Goldendale at 189 lbs.
Goldendale's Chas Warner pinned Mabton's Robert Marquez in 5:50 in the 215 lb. match. Marquez wrestled heavyweight against the Spartans, losing an 8-1 decision to Eric Lopez.
Noe Calixto returned from an early season injury last night for the Vikings. Calixto wrestled the heavyweight match against Goldendale, losing in 5:39 to Matt Smith. Calixto won the 215 lb. match against the Spartans, pinning Ky Shinn in 1:56.
Neither Goldendale nor Mabton had wrestlers at 103 or 112 lbs. Granger won the 103 lb. match by forfeit. Neither the Spartans nor the Vikings had wrestlers at 112 lbs.
Mabton's Victor Bustos pinned Goldendale's Paul Whitner in 1:29 of the 119 lb. bout. Bustos lost an 8-0 major decision to Granger's Sam Sanchez.
Andy Torres won both of his matches at 125 lbs. for the Vikings by forfeit.
At 130 lbs., Mabton's Abel Barcenas won against Goldendale by forfeit. Barcenas ran into Granger's Alex Zuniga in the 135 lb. match, losing by pin in 2:46.
Daniel Sanchez of Goldendale decisioned Marcos Zepeda in a 140 lb. bout, 9-7. In the 140 lb. match against Granger, Zepeda lost by pin to Mike Salcedo.
Cody Hamilton won a 7-3 decision over Mabton's Javier Galvan in the 145 lb. bout. Galvan lost to Richard Esparza of Granger by a major decision, 13-0.
Mabton forfeited the 160 lb. match to the Spartans.
The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-1 in league entering this weekend's tournament at home.
The Mid-Valley Mat Classic will begin in Mabton on Saturday at 10 a.m. The tournament will feature Lake Roosevelt, Bellevue Christian, Granger, Goldendale, Kennewick's junior varsity team, Prosser's junior varsity team, Sunnyside's junior varsity team, Rainier High School, Toppenish and host Mabton.
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