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Vikings score nine pins in win over Cougars

MABTON - After losing to Zillah Jan. 10, the Mabton High School wrestling team has been on a roll.

The Vikings placed third at the Royal Rumble, then beat Highland High School this past Tuesday. Mabton continued its roll last night (Thursday) when the Vikings hosted White Swan High School.

Mabton scored a pin in each match wrestled in last night's 66-12 beating of the Cougars, nine altogether. Four of those matches lasted less than a minute.

The evening started off with the 160-lb. match. Mabton's Angelo Salinas pinned Oscar Gonzalez in a mere 35 seconds.

Neither team had a wrestler for the 171-lb. match but action resumed in the 189-lb. weight class. Mabton's Kody Bacon pinned Billy Yates in 2:15.

Jesus Cardenas (215 lbs.) and Eli Perez (285 lbs.) both received forfeits from White Swan.

In the 103-lb. match, Mabton didn't have a wrestler and had to forfeit to White Swan. The Cougars picked up another six points when Mabton had to forfeit the 145-lb. match.

The longest match of the night came in the 112-lb. bout. Mabton's Carlos Mendez pinned Tadd Blodgett with just two seconds to spare, in 5:58. Mendez was ahead in points 10-2 at the time.

In the 119-lb. match, Mabton's Juan Solis pinned Iola Sanchey in 1:44. That was followed by Eric Meza (125 lbs.) scoring a pin against White Swan's Estelle Gomez in 42 seconds.

The wins kept coming for the Vikings as Andrew Martinez (130 lbs.) scored a pin against Zach Tenney in 1:54. Andy Rivera (135 lbs.) then pinned White Swan's Efrin Moya in 43 seconds.

Mabton's Arturo Nunez (140 lbs.) was able to score a pin over Thomas Lewis in 51 seconds and in the last match of the evening, Mabton's Noe Gutierrez (152 lbs.) pinned Andrew Garcia in 1:47.

The dominating team victory by the Vikings improves Mabton's record to 3-2 in the SCAC West. Zillah and Granger are tied atop the conference standings at 5-0.

Mabton Coach John Kilian said he was happy with Thursday night's win but is not overly optimistic.

"White Swan is rebuilding," Kilian explained. "They have been going through some coaching changes but seem to be on the right track now."

Kilian noted in the past White Swan didn't have the numbers to really compete but this year he said they almost have a full team.

The Vikings will host the Mid Valley Classic wrestling tournament tomorrow (Saturday), Jan. 19. Mabton will resume league play Thursday, Jan. 24, when the Vikings travel to Granger to take on the Spartans.

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