Three Vikings Coyote Takedown champs

BURBANK - Three Mabton High School wrestlers earned first place finishes at the Coyote Takedown Tournament Thursday night in Burbank.

The Vikings almost had four first place finishers but 130-pounder Andy Torres lost his third match by a coin toss.

He had won his first two events and in his third match of the night, he ended up tied at zero with his opponent after two minutes. Since there wasn't a tie-breaker, officials flipped a coin to decide who won.

Tony Vargas (135 lbs.) was the first of the Mabton wrestlers to secure a first place finish. He went 2-0 on the night.

"He had a bye somewhere in there," Mabton Coach John Kilian said. "He's a young up-and-comer. It was good for the team."

Mabton's Damian Marquez (189 lbs.) also took first place honors. He went 3-0 on the night.

"He did real well," Kilian said of Marquez's night. "He looked good and was able to try a lot of new moves."

His brother, Robert Marquez (215 lbs.), was the third wrestler from Mabton to take first place honors. Kilian said his performance was just dominating. Marquez was awarded Most Valuable Wrestler honors in the tournament for his performance.

Three wrestlers from Mabton finished in third place. Luis Aviles (119 lbs.), Adrian Magana (171 lbs.) and Eli Perez (215 lbs.) all had 2-1 records. Perez's only loss on the night came from teammate Robert Marquez.

Mabton's Eric Mesa (112 lbs.), Arturo Nunez (119 lbs.) and Andy Rivera (130 lbs.) each finished 2-1 as well but early losses contributed to them finishing fourth.

"It was good to get on the mat," Kilian said. "You definitely find out what you need to work on after you've wrestled someone."

He said his team is looking in pretty good shape. Four Mabton wrestlers that made it to State last year are returning. Torres and Robert Marquez earned third place honors at last year's State wrestling meet and Aviles and Perez participated but didn't place.

"It was a good solid start to the season," he added. "We're looking ahead for good things to come."


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