Alex Miranda-Walls was an unknown going into the Winter Cup at Hanford High School.
There are a few guys who will remember the Irrigon senior after he won the 170-pound title Saturday afternoon.
Miranda-Walls beat Ozius Harden of Reardan 3-2 in the championship match to improve to 18-0 on the season.
“I love the bigger tournaments,” Miranda-Walls said. “The smaller ones, the talent pool isn’t as good. There is quality here — all are a bunch of tough competitors. There is something about going up against kids from school with 2,000 students. It’s great.”
Miranda-Walls opened the tournament with a 26-second pin of Elijah Rodriguez of Richland, then recorded a 10-6 decision over Easton Roylance of Othello to reach the title match.
“The reason we come here is to run up against some different competition,” Knights coach Jason Dunten said. “Some found out they have some work to do. This is where we are going to get experience.”
Pasco won the team title with 190 points, while Irrigon was 15th with 58 points.
Also placing for the Knights were Asher Hall (8th, 113 pounds), Kyler Shelton (7th, 132), Brady Harrington (8th, 182), Josue Aguilera (6th, 195) and Reece Sheller (8th, 220).
Girls Winter Cup
Hermiston finished 22nd on Friday in the girls portion of the tournament with 38 points.
Sunnyside won the team title with 255 points.
At 190 pounds, Jazmin Deike placed fourth for Hermiston. Deike was pinned by Kiona-Benton’s Nya Calzadillas in 1:44 in the third/fourth placing match.
Amree Braithwaite finished seventh at 145 for the Bulldogs, pinning Jaime Wilson of Tonasket in 3:54 in her final match.
TRINITY LUTHERAN 61, IRRIGON 39 — Freshman guard Scooty Gilbert had a game-high 21 points Thursday night as Trinity Lutheran (7-3) beat the host Knights 61-39 in the Irrigon Invite.
“They were pretty good,” Irrigon coach Davie Salas said of the Saints, a Class 1A team from Bend. “They ran their offense well and crashed the glass. We came out flat and had no energy.”
Keith Fleming led the Knights (6-6) with 16 points, with Lino Covarrubia and Caleb Adams adding six points each.
NIXYAAWII 90, ECHO 36 - The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 21-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in beating the host Cougars at the Bouncin’ Cancer Tournament in Echo.
Nixyaawii (10-1), which hit 13 3-pointers on the day, shot 50 percent from the floor.
Mick Schimmel led the Golden Eagles with 22 points, while Quanah Picard added 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
Devan Craig led Echo (1-10) with 15 points, while Charlie White added 10.