COWICHE - It was a night of forfeits and no-matches for the Mabton Vikings' wrestling team as the Vikings picked up two wins last night against Cle Elum and Highland.
Mabton took on Cle Elum first and beat the Warriors 48-11. Only five matches were wrestled.
Mabton's Ralph Martinez (189 lbs.) pinned Stuart Stewart in 2:49. Mabton Coach John Kilian said Martinez used a reversal to get the pin.
In the 285-lb. match, Mabton's Eric Huesca pinned Brian Orndorff in 1:59. Vicente Mireles (130 lbs.) picked up Mabton's third pin against the Warriors when he beat Colton Carrey in 55 seconds.
The Warriors struck back when Dillon Powell (135 lbs.) beat Mabton's Damian Diaz by pin in 2:46. Connor Briggs scored a technical fall against Mabton's Mario Cardenas to pick up Cle Elum's second win of the night, 17-0.
Mabton's Carlos Rendon (215 lbs.), Jerry Quesada (112 lbs.), Brandon Marquez (140 lbs.), Fabian Ruiz (145 lbs.) and Emilio Mireles (152 lbs.) all received forfeits. No matches took place in the 103-lb., 119-lb., 125-lb. and 160-lb. weight classes.
The Vikings wrestled against the Highland Scotties next, beating the host team 42-21. This time Mabton was able to wrestle in six matches.
Quesada pinned Highland's Ronay Tereza (112 lbs.) in 5:53. Kilian said Quesada was ahead 9-7 at the time of the pin.
Vicente Mireles beat Highland's Andres Tereza (125 lbs.) 12-11. Mireles was ahead 9-2 after the second round and had to survive a wild third round for the win.
Mabton's Brandon Marquez (140 lbs.) then lost to Brandon Sommerville 11-5. Kilian said Marquez was ahead 5-0 in the second round but gave up 11 unanswered points in the loss.
Ruiz then pinned Highland's Orlando Garcia (145 lbs.) in 2:47. Teammate Emilio Mireles (152 lbs.) added another win for the Vikings when he beat Luke Williams 13-8. Mireles was ahead 10-3 after the first round and had to survive a furious charge by Williams to secure the win.
Cardenas suffered his second loss of the night when he was pinned by Highland's Josue Silva (171 lbs.) in 14 seconds.
Martinez (189 lbs.), Rendon (215 lbs.), Huesca (285 lbs.) and Diaz (135 lbs.) all received forfeits from Highland. Mabton had to forfeit the 119-lb. and the 130-lb. matches. There were no matches wrestled in the 103-lb. and 160-lb. weight classes.
Despite the low number of matches actually wrestled, Kilian said overall it wasn't a bad night. Of the 11 total matches wrestled, Mabton walked away with seven wins.
The Vikings (3-1, 4-4) have a tougher test next Tuesday, Jan. 18. Mabton will host division rivals Zillah and Granger for a double-dual beginning at 6 p.m.