FREEMAN – Mabton’s wrestlers returned home empty handed from the Freeman Winter Cup yesterday.
“The closest we came was at 106 lbs.,” Viking Coach John Kilian said of earning a medal.
In that weight class, Gabriel Mireles had an opportunity to compete for fifth-place honors. However, the tournament was running long and the weather wasn’t good.
Mireles was the only Mabton wrestler left in the competition, so the team decided to make the trek home before the fifth-place bout.
Kilian said Mireles opened the tourney with a 9-0 decision over Ryan Issakides of Selkirk. That pitted him against Seth Hogg of Deer Park. Hogg prevailed via a 5-0 decision.
Mireles bounced back to win the next two bouts in the 16-man bracket. He pinned Tommy Lininger of Selkirk in 23 seconds and had Taylon Arredondo of host Freeman on his back in two minutes time.
Kilian said the rounds were reduced to one-and-a-half minute periods to accommodate the 20 teams competing yesterday.
Four other boys competed for Mabton yesterday. Fernando Castellanos (113 lbs.), Rudy Ramirez (170 lbs.), Salvador Urbina (195 lbs.) and Isaac Velazquez (220 lbs.) all went 0-2 on the day.
Kilian said Castellanos drew two competitive opponents. “They were tough,” he said.
Three Lady Vikes also wrestled in the round robin competition at the Freeman Winter Cup Monday.
It was Jesenia Meza who was most successful, winning all three of her matches by pin.
She opened the tourney by defeating Hannah Brown of Cheney by pin in 3:42. Serria Perryman of Kettle Falls fell to Meza in 2:10 and Cali Blackburn of East Valley-Spokane was on her back in 15 seconds.
Cassandra Moreno (106 lbs.) and 112-lb. Mabton teammate Noemi Gutierrez of Mabton were both 1-1 on the day.
“It was a fun tournament, although it was a rough day for the Mabton wrestlers,” said Kilian.
Mabton is next set to host Ki-Be on Thursday, Jan. 9.