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Mabton Vikings pick up first win of season

BURBANK - The Mabton High School wrestling team picked up its first win of the season last night against Columbia-Burbank, but first had to absorb a manhandling by Ki-Be in a double-dual meet in Burbank.

The Vikings were crushed 64-16 by the Bears but rebounded for a 66-12 win against the Coyotes.

Ki-Be stated last night's match with Mabton with six straight wins, five pins and a forfeit.

Kelvin Schuman pinned Mabton's Gerardo Barajas (160 lbs.) in 1:24; Josue Lucatero pinned Mabton's Mario Cardenas (171 lbs.) in 1:12; Garret Whitney (189 lbs.) pinned Mabton's Ralph Martinez in 1:04; Cody Zyph (215 lbs.) pinned Mabton's Carlos Rendon in 56 seconds; Corey Brumbaugh pinned Mabton's Eric Huesca (285 lbs.) in 2:19; and then the Vikings had to forfeit the 103-lb. match.

The onslaught by Ki-Be wrestlers gave the Bears a 36-0 lead until Mabton's Jerry Quesada (112 lbs.) picked up the Vikings' first points. Quesada scored a pin against Joel Campbell in 2:50.

"We finally got a win, that was nice," said Mabton Coach John Kilian. "Especially after giving up five pins in a row."

Quesada was ahead on points 6-1 when he picked up his first win of the season.

The Vikings scored another win in the 119-lb. match when Danny Magallon beat John Korts 11-1. Magallon had four take-downs in the match.

The Bears recovered to take the next four matches, two of them forfeits.

Ki-Be's David Gonzalez (125 lbs.) beat Vicente Mireles 5-1 and Matt McCullum (130 lbs.) scored a 17-0 technical fall against Mabton's Damian Diaz. The Vikings forfeited the 135-lb. and 140-lb. matches.

Mabton's Brandon Marquez scored the Vikings' last win of the Ki-Be match. He pinned Cody Sherman (145 lbs.) in 1:02.

Cruz Del Angel finished the Ki-Be scoring when he pinned Samuel Sexton (152 lbs.) in 3:24.

"Ki-Be has a good, solid line-up," Kilian admitted. "This wasn't really surprising. There are a lot of names on that team that we remember from last year."

The Vikings bounced back against the Coyotes in the next meet, thanks in part to Columbia-Burbank's depleted team. Kilian said the Coyotes were decimated by injuries, sickness and wrestlers out because of grades.

Mabton wrestlers Rendon (215 lbs.), Huesca (285 lbs.), Marlen Chavez (103 lbs.), Quesada (112 lbs.), Magallon (119 lbs.), Jesenia Meza (130 lbs.), Diaz (135 lbs.) and Sexton (152 lbs.) all won by receiving forfeits.

There was no match in the 140-lb. weight class.

Mabton picked up three wins by wrestling against the Coyotes.

Martinez (189 lbs.) pinned Damian Tracey in 56 seconds. Kilian noted the pin was a nice win for the freshman.

Mabton's Jazmin Mendoza (125 lbs.) pinned Marriah Paxton in 1:20 and Marquez (145 lbs.) pinned Codie Fraker in 25 seconds.

The two Mabton losses were suffered by Cardenas (171 lbs.) when he was pinned by Zach Grimm in 20 seconds and Barajas (160 lbs.), who was pinned by Jake Smith in 5:54.

"Jerry (Barajas) was ahead 10-0 after the second round," Kilian said. "He was cruising to a victory when he got taken down and was caught on his back. It was a rookie mistake, he's not a real experienced wrestler."

Mabton (1-3) will be off until the Freeman Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 30, in Freeman. Kilian said until then his wrestlers will practice how to be more offensive.

"We're backing up too much, we won't shoot, we're being too defensive," Kilian said.

The Mabton girls will wrestle at a girls tournament this Saturday, Dec. 18, at YVCC in Yakima.

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