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Ki-Be Bears maul Vikings

MABTON - Expecting a double dual meet, the Mabton High School wrestling team had to settle with wrestling just Ki-Be Thursday night as Dayton/Pomeroy failed to show up.

Against the Bears the Vikings fell 45-28.

"It was a decent match-up," Viking Coach John Kilian said. "Problem was we gave up too many pins."

Of the 14 matches, Mabton managed to win four of them.

Carlos Mendez (103 lbs.) destroyed Ki-Be's Travis Roos 10-0.

"He looked good," Kilian said of Mendez. "He took his lumps last year as a sophomore. He came out last night with a convincing win. He was really thinking out there. He looked great."

Wrestling for Mabton at 135 lbs., Andy Rivera needed overtime to beat his opponent, Jesse Henderson. Tied at 14 at the end of regulation, a one-minute sudden-death overtime failed to produce any points for either wrestler. After that, they wrestled two 30-second overtime periods and Rivera was able to get three points to take the match 17-14.

"He's (Rivera) in great shape," Kilian said. "He kept on chugging. His opponent tired out at the end and Andy could sense it."

Adrian Magana won for Mabton in the 171-lb. weight class. He beat Devon Hutspath 11-7 after giving up five points in the third round.

In Mabton's final victory, Robert Marquez pinned Britt Samsell in the 215-lb. weight class.

"Robert went out there and taught him who was boss," Kilian said. "It was over really quick."

Two Mabton wrestlers won via default. Eric Meza (112 lbs.) and Eli Perez (285 lbs.) each received wins due to forfeits.

Four Mabton wrestlers were pinned.

"That's what killed us," Kilian said. "Some who got pinned were our better wrestlers."

Kilian said the meat of his line-up met with Ki-Be's better kids and the Bears got the best of it.

"We got our first taste of a 2A team coming down to 1A," he added.

An interesting footnote to last night's action came in the form of Mabton's first ever victory by a female wrestler. Kilian said Mabton JV wrestler Inez Gutierrez, at 160 lbs., defeated another girl from Granger.

Mabton will wrestle next at the Granger Ironman Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m.

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