Hermiston is starting to realize just how tough the Mid-Columbia Conference is in wrestling.
Chiawana posted five consecutive pins — from Robby Vaughn at 145 pounds to Tyson Stover at 182 — to hand the Bulldogs a 57-20 loss Thursday night in Pasco.
“These duals mean something,” Hermiston coach Kyle Larson said. “We are going to improve and try to get our guys to wrestle their best. As much as we want to win every match, we are going to take it back across the river and see if we can’t get better.”
For Riverhawks coach Jack Anderson, the match was a milestone in his career.
“This is my first win against Hermiston in 18 years of coaching at Pasco and here,” Anderson said. “It was rally exciting. Hermiston has a good team. We didn’t do a bad job, but we have to be better next week against Kamiakin.”
The match started at 195, where Chiawana freshman Isaiah Anderson, in his first MCC dual, pinned Stanley Scott in 27 seconds.
Jonathan Lee got the Bulldogs on the board with a 12-1 major decision over Ceyetano Talavera at 220.
In the battle of the big men, Chiawana’s Colby Blasdel got Hermiston’s Dustyn Coughlin in a bear hug, took him down to his back, and notched the pin in 1:30 to give the Riverhawks a 12-4 lead.
The Bulldogs won the next three matches, getting a pin from Zane Helfer at 106, a 10-0 major decision from Adrian Delgado at 113, and a pin from Isaac Lambert at 120 to give Hermiston a 20-12 lead.
It was all Chiawana from there, though Trevor Wagner was on the cusp of beating the Riverhawks’ Riley Cissne at 160.
Wagner held a 3-2 lead after the first round,, and 5-4 after two. In the third, Cissne got a reversal to take a 6-5 lead, and Wagner tied it up with an escape.
Cissne took Wagner down with 31 seconds left in the third to go up 8-6, but Wagner maneuvered a reversal with 18 seconds left on the clock to tie the match at 8-8. In the waning seconds, Cissne rolled over Wagner and had his back on Wagner’s stomach and earned the pin at 5:55.
Hermiston vs. Post Falls
Hermiston coach Kyle Larson knows his team will take its lumps against the likes of Idaho wrestling power Post Falls, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Trojans registered pins in 12 matches en route to a 76-9 victory Friday night over the Bulldogs at the Dawg House.
“We knew what we were getting into,” Larson said of scheduling Post Falls. “We want our guys to know what a tough guys feels like and how they wrestle.”
The Trojans featured five state champions in their lineup — Roddy Romero (98 pounds), Isaac Jessen (126), AJ Delarosa (138), Ridge Lovett (145) and Tyler Morris (160). All won by pin.
After Romero and Braxton Mason (106) each won their matches by pin, Hermiston’s Adrian Delgado got the Bulldogs on the board with a 4-2 victory over Brelane Huber at 113.
Post Falls would run the table from there until 220 pounds, where Hermiston’s Jon Lee stopped a run of seven consecutive pins with a pin of his own.
Lee got a quick takedown to start the match, then recorded two near fall points for a 4-0 lead less than 15 seconds into the first round. Post Falls’ Kaden Noesen maneuvered a reversal, but once Lee was free, he quickly took down Noesen and pinned him at the 45-second mark.
“Everyone was losing,” Lee said. “I thought I had to be the one to get something. He was a good kid. I like to get a feel for them and gauge their strength. I used a throw that Gage Shipley showed me before the match. It worked.”