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Vikings again use forfeits to cruise to easy win over White Swan

WHITE SWAN - Competing against a decimated White Swan team, the Mabton Vikings were given eight forfeits last night as they posted a 69-6 win over the Cougars.

Only five matches were held last night, with Mabton winning all but one.

The lone loss came in the 160-pound weight class when Ben Gonzalez pinned Mabton's Angelo Salinas in 1:23.

That hardly mattered as Mabton held a commanding 45-0 lead heading into the match.

Andy Torres (135 lbs.) beat White Swan's Eric Nanez 11-8 for Mabton's first head-to-head win.

"Andy started out ahead," Mabton Coach John Kilian said. "He was doing well on takedowns, scoring four of them. He just couldn't turn Eric to his back. It was a hard fought takedown match."

Mabton's Vicente Tovar picked up one of the four wins for the Vikings when he pinned Fernando Lemus in 3:29.

"After the first round Tovar was behind 8-0," Kilian said. "He was taken down twice and put on his back. In the second round Tovar started in the down position, got a reversal and then got the pin."

Orlando Flores (152 lbs.) pinned White Swan's Clive Bailey in 3:47 for the Vikings' second win of the night.

Substituting for an injured Robert Marquez, Mabton's Saul Valdez (215 lbs.) pinned Jose Panduro in 15 seconds.

Mabton's Carlos Mendez (103 lbs.), Eric Meza (112 lbs.), Luis Aviles (119 lbs.), Arturo Nunez (125 lbs.), Andy Rivera (130 lbs.), Adrian Magana (171 lbs.), Damien Marquez (189 lbs.) and Eli Perez (285 lbs.) all received forfeits.

"It was kind of nice to let the kids heal up," Kilian said of the easy night. "We're heading into our tournament at home this weekend."

Mabton (5-0, 7-1) will host the Mid Valley Classic this Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. Twelve teams are expected.

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