MABTON – The Mabton grapplers last night had a rough go of it on the mats against visiting Ki-Be.
The Bears won the match 60-9.
One of the Vikings’ two wins Thursday evening came from 113-pounder Gabriel Mireles, who earned a 10-6 decision over Ki-Be’s Jaymen Phillips.
“(Gabriel) had a 10-3 lead going into the final round and was caught in a cradle in the final round…but he hung on,” said Viking Coach John Kilian.
He was also pleased with Emiliano Rodriguez, who moved up a weight class to compete in the 138-lb. bout last night.
Rodriguez, said Kilian, “…has brute strength.” He subdued Brendan Perkin in 41 seconds, improving his record to 12-3 on the season.
Kilian said there were two other good matches. Rudy Ramirez and Salvador Urbina both “…showed some fire.”
Ramirez, at 170 lbs., battled for more than three minutes before succumbing to Ki-Be’s Alex Baumgartner.
Dakotah Petty of the Bears had a challenge on his hands with Urbina, who held on for nearly 5 minutes in the 195-lb. contest before getting pinned.
“It’s not that they aren’t doing good things out there…Rudy (Ramirez) had a great surge, he scored some points…but, we’re just not putting in a full 6-minute match,” said Kilian.
In the 106-lb. weight class Mabton’s Jose Amezcua lost by pin to Jaron Gunter in 1:49.
The only other Viking to compete was Isaac Velasquez in the 220-lb. weight class. He was pinned in 1:29 by Tanner Cook of the Bears.
Mabton gave up 36 points via forfeit.
The Lady Vikings did not take to the mat due to a lack of competitors at last night’s dual.
Mabton will tomorrow (Saturday) compete in Grandview at the Grandview Invitational.