BURBANK - There was an additional Viking on the mat in Burbank last night, as Emiliano Rodriguez joined the four other Mabton grapplers who have been competing this season.
Rodriguez helped the team score 18 points against both Riverview and Columbia-Burbank in a non-league double dual. Riverview scored 33 points against the Vikings, and the Coyotes scored 40 points.
Rodriguez was 2-0, pinning Frankie Morales of the Panthers in 1:39 and Bryson Davis of Columbia-Burbank in 29 seconds in 120-lb. action.
Mabton's Vicente Morales also had a good night. He won his first match in the 132-lb. weight class by way of forfeit. He moved up a classification to 138-lbs. and pinned Luis Carrasco of the Coyotes in 3:24.
182-pounder Rudy Ramirez earned his first win of the season, defeating Trevor Hull of the Panthers by placing his opponent on his back in 2:31.
Sadly, Ramirez was flipped onto his back in 56 seconds by Columbia-Burbank's Matt Reardon in the Vikings' second match.
It was Brandon Marquez (160 lbs.) who had a rough dual match. He lost a 7-4 decision to Harley Prescott of Riverview, and suffered an 8-0 loss to Tucker Simonton of the Coyotes.
Viking Coach John Kilian said, "Simonton controlled him (Marquez) pretty good."
In the 195-lb. weight class Isaac Velasquez won by forfeit against the Coyotes.
"Isaac ran into a big Russian dude and was pinned," Kilian said of the Viking's other match. Ruvim Tyutyunnik of Riverview pinned Velasquez in 54 seconds.
The Mabton girls also competed last night. Ki-Be traveled to Burbank for the dual match against Mabton and the Coyotes.
Mary Gutierrez at 118-lbs. remains undefeated after last night's bout with Ki-Be's Jessica Roland. The Lady Vike won by technical fall, 22-5.
At 124-lbs. Mabton's Jazmin Mendoza pinned Kristina Mendoza of the Bears in 1:13; and Cassandra Moreno of Mabton lost by pin in 2:28 to Makayla Grimm of Columbia Burbank in 106-lb. action.
"We did well, wrestled hard...it's important to give each match your best effort," said Kilian, noting his team did just that.
The Vikings aren't scheduled to compete again until Thursday, Dec. 27, when they travel to Hanford for an invite.