YAKIMA — Despite dropping a pair of forfeits, Walla Walla pinned a 43-30 Big Nine Conference Cascade Division wrestling defeat on West Valley here Wednesday.
"Overall this was a great night for us," Blue Devil coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "It has been awhile since we started the season off with a win.
"I was a little worried knowing that we would be giving up two forfeits, but it ended up evening out when we received two forfeits."
The Wa-Hi winners on the mats included Dustin Taylor at 125, Nason Babbitt at 135, Anthony Stalder at 135, Jonah Hoe at 145, Ryan Harmon at 152. Eric Eastman at 189 and Gerald Maib at 285.
"I was very pleased with how well the more experienced wrestlers on the team maintained position and didn’t let first-match nerves get to them," Hudiburg said. "I was also extremely impressed with the poise and athleticism shown by our younger kids. We still have a lot of improving to do as a team, but we will only get stronger as the guys settle into their weight over the coming few weeks.
"We will have a good test this weekend at the Bob Mars Invitational in Kennewick."
103 — West Valley forfeit to Tim Parks, Walla Walla
112 — Walla Walla forfeit to Ryan Lehman, West Valley
119 — Walla Walla forfeit to Eli Chance, West Valley
125 — Dustin Taylor, Walla Walla, dec DJ Stai, West Valley 10-4
130 — West Valley forfeit to Houston Rice, Walla Walla
135 — Nason Babbitt, Walla Walla, maj dec Jeff Abhold, West Valley 12-0
140 — Anthony Stalder, Walla Walla, dec Jace Ellenich, West Valley 10-8
145 — Jonah Hoe, Walla Walla, pinned Cody Deccio, West Valley 1:33
152 — Ryan Harmon, Walla Walla, pinned Ethan Smith, West Valley 2:32
160 — Cody Bruland, West Valley, pinned Ethan Small, Walla Walla 1:00
171 — Darion Taylor, West Valley, pinned Jon Blanc, Walla Walla 2:44
189 — Eric Eastman, Walla Walla, dec Dylan Foster, West Valley 3-0
215 — Kevin Madson, West Valley, pinned Kyle Erb, Walla Walla 3:00
285 — Gerald Maib, Walla Walla, pinned Colton Gurney, West Valley 2:43
Team Scores — Wa-Hi 43, West Valley 30