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Vikings fourth at Mid Valley Classic

VMABTON - Hosting the Mid Valley Classic, the Mabton Vikings earned a fourth place finish at their tournament. Kittitas High School earned the top honor and Granger finished in second.

Mabton fielded two champions this past Saturday, Robert Marquez (215 lbs.) and Eli Perez (285 lbs.)

Marquez beat Goldendale's Jonathon Monroe in the first round, pinning him in 1:05.

"He took him down three times," Mabton Coach John Kilian said. "He was having a little bit of fun with him."

Marquez next beat Vance Schafer of Goldendale. This was a closer match with Marquez outscoring Schafer 6-2.

"It was a pretty good match," Kilian said. "Vance is a big strong kid. Robert couldn't get him on his back, but he controlled him the whole time."

This set up the final where Marquez pinned Daniel Hansen of Riverside High School in Boardman, Ore. in 5:55.

Kilian said this match was a battle. Marquez took Hansen down several times but the Oregon grappler managed to score two reversals.

"It was a good hard, physical match," Kilian said. "One of Robert's toughest tournaments of the year."

Marquez improved his record to 28-0 with the win.

Perez only had to wrestle two matches to take his weight class title. He beat Josh Jones of Kittitas, pinning him in 3:46 to set up the final with Cle Elum's Marshal Allenbaugh.

"Eli controlled him pretty easily," Kilian said. "He's got some confidence on his feet. He's a smart wrestler."

Perez beat Allenbaugh 10-5 to take the championship.

At 130-pounds, Mabton's Andy Torres placed second. He beat Nate Poulson of Kittias by pinning him in 57 seconds.

"Andy doesn't look as tough as he's tough," Kilian said.

In the semi-finals Torres pinned Cle Elum's Derrick Brickman in the first round to set up a final with Wahluke's Eric Valdez.

"Andy started out great and was ahead 8-2 after the first round," Kilian explained.

Torres was up 9-6 over Valdez when he was pinned. The time was 2:31 in the second round.

Damien Marquez (189 lbs.) also finished in second for the Vikings. In his first match he pinned David Allen of Cle Elum in 57 seconds. He then pinned Russell Jones of Kittitas in 5:49 to set up the final.

"Damien was down 10-7 when he got the pin," Kilian said. "He could of tied it with a near fall but got the pin with 11 seconds left."

In the final against Highland's Ethan Bogle, Marquez lost a major decision, 13-1.

Two Mabton wrestlers placed third this past weekend.

Carlos Mendez (103 lbs.) lost to Joe Salcedo of Granger by a pin. In the consolation finals he beat Sunnyside JV wrestler Christian Reyes 5-1.

"It was a good day for Carlos," Kilian said. "He wrestled well."

Mendez improved to 21-11 on the season.

Adrian Magana (171 lbs.) went 3-1 on the day to earn a third place spot for the Vikings.

He lost to Jared Witt of Goldendale in the semi-finals, getting pinned in 5:45. This set up the consolation final with Rainier's Bryce Bowles. Magana pinned Bowles in 54 seconds.

"He got a nice lateral droop and tossed him to his back," Kilian recalled.

Mabton's Luis Aviles (119 lbs.), Andy Rivera (125 lbs.) and Vicente Tovar (145 lbs.) all finished 2-2 last Saturday and earned fourth place honors for the Vikings.

"We did OK," Kilian said. "A couple of guys came close to placing. We're losing too many close matches for my liking. We're going to have to get to work. This will make us hungry."

The Vikings have a big meet this Thursday, Jan. 25, when they host rival Granger at 7 p.m.

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