WARDEN - "When you're going up against the four-time defending state champs you're going to get walloped," Mabton wrestling coach John Kilian said of his team's 64-9 loss at Warden Thursday night.
The Vikings' only scores of the night came at 125 lbs. on Arturo Nunez's pin of Warden's Chris Kalous at the 1:05 mark and Adrian Magana's 15-10 decision over Raul Martinez at 171 lbs.
In a battle of state placers, Viking Robert Marquez lost 8-6 in overtime to Nathan Alvarado in the 275-lb. match.
Mabton's Eric Meza was pinned by Jesse Guerra at 3:45 in an exhibition at 103 lbs.
At 112 lbs., Luis Aviles was pinned at the 3:45 mark by Steve Elizade.
At 119 lbs., Andy Torres was pinned at the 3:45 mark by Robert Pruneda.
Andy Rivera was also pinned in 35 seconds by Manuel Martinez in the 130-lb. match.
In the 135-lb. match, Anthony Rubio was pinned by Kam Tamayo at the 3:58 mark.
At 152 lbs., Martin Gonzalez was pinned by Scott Phillips in 1:30.
Cesar Macedo was defeated 14-4 in the 160-lb. match by Warden's Anthony Martinez.
At 189 lbs., Damien Marquez lost to Justin Rollins 7-4.
In the 215-lb. match, Eli Perez was pinned by Freddie Gutirriez at the 5:45 mark.
Despite the lopsided loss, Kilian said he told his team to keep trying. "You can lose in December and January as long as you learn something and get fired up," the coach said. "The important thing is to win in February so you can get to the postseason." He also said he would work on his team's conditioning, given the number of pins Mabton suffered after three minutes
Added Kilian, "Life goes on and we'll regroup."
Mabton's wrestlers will have a chance to do just that this Saturday at the eight-team Granger Iron Man Tourney.