GOLDENDALE - The Mabton High School wrestling team dug itself a huge hole last night during a dual meet with Goldendale.
The Vikings spotted the Timberwolves a 29-0 lead before making a comeback that would ultimately fall short as the Vikings lost to Goldendale 41-33 in a SCAC West sanctioned event.
Wade Gaston scored the first points for Goldendale when he beat Alonso Garcia (145 lbs.) by technical fall, 17-0. Garcia was filling in for the injured Fabian Ruiz, who usually wrestles in this weight class for Mabton.
With the score 5-0 in Goldendale's favor the Timberwolves ripped off four straight pins to go up 29-0.
Nolin Bare (152 lbs.) pinned Mabton's Carlos Gastelum in 3:50. This was a tough match for the Vikings to stomach. Gastelum was ahead of Bare 5-2 to start the second period but a mistake cost him the match and his team six points.
Braydon Ross then pinned Mabton's Frank Martinez (160 lbs.) in 1:25. Billy Monroe followed that up by pinning Mabton's Noe Gutierrez (171 lbs.) in 1:09. Kurt Wilkins gave the Timberwolves a 29-0 lead over the Vikings when he pinned Mabton's Bryan Arellano (189 lbs.) in 36 seconds.
Eric Huesca (215 lbs.) finally stopped the bleeding for the Vikings when he scored a decision against Kyle Ross, 6-2.
That made the score 29-3 in favor of Goldendale and then Mabton had to forfeit its 285-lb. match to give the Timberwolves a 35-3 lead.
That's when the Vikings began their comeback.
Neither team could field a wrestler for the 103-lb. match but Vicente Mireles (112 lbs.) pinned Goldendale's Kirk Giese in 3:48. Mireles was ahead 10-0 at the time of the pin.
Mabton's Mary Gutierrez (119 lbs.) then received a forfeit, which was followed by Mabton's Danny Magallon (125 lbs.), Samuel Secton (130 lbs.) and Margie Gutierrez (135 lbs.) all receiving forfeits, which cut Goldendale's lead to just 35-33.
That set up a winner take all match between Mabton's Chris Roman and Goldendale's Torey Spaulding in the 140-lb. match. Spaulding was able to get the fall against Roman in 3:25.
"We knew they were stronger than us in the upper weights," Mabton Coach John Kilian said. "We did okay though, we fought."
The Vikings (2-3, 3-6) will host the 10-team Mid Valley Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m.