WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's wrestling team opened its season with a dual-meet against Big Nine foe Eisenhower Thursday night, with the Cadets taking a 42-27 victory.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils' Anthony Stalder (145 pounds) and Ryan Evans (152) both placed second to lead Wa-Hi at the Bob Mars Invitational at Kennewick High School.
At Ike, Wil Babbitt, Nason Babbitt, Stalder and Gerald Maib picked up victories, and Devon Pellham and Ashtin Romine forfeits, for the Blue Devils.
"We were in the match from the get-go, but fell a little short in a couple of individual matches where we had opportunities to win," Wa-Hi coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "That being said, we are running a varsity squad with 60-percent freshman and sophomores. The fact that we gave them a run is impressive in itself. I am very pleased with what I see from this group. The cards are stacked against them, but they don't let that get to them. It really is fun to watch."
At the Bob Mars Invite, Wa-Hi finished 11th of 16 teams.
"We had another great day, all things considered," Hudiburg said. "In perspective, we are performing well above where we should be on paper. That alone is a great sign. I really hope the guys continue to progress at this rate. If so, we have a lot of victories ahead of us in just a year or two."
Eisenhower 42, Wa-Hi 27
103 - Wa-Hi forfeit to Cameron Manjarrez, Ike. 112 - Chris Cardenas, Ike, pinned Jose Albarran, Wa-Hi, 1:27. 119 - Wil Babbitt, Wa-Hi, dec. Jesse Martinez, Ike, 12-9. 125 - Ike forfeit to Devon Pellham, Wa-Hi. 130 - Ike forfeit to Ashtin Romine, Wa-Hi. 135 - Ricardo Badillo, Ike, pinned Levi Jenkins, Wa-Hi, 5 - 30. 140 - Nason Babbitt, Wa-Hi, dec. Jace Elenich, Ike, 4-0. 145 - Anthony Stalder, Wa-Hi, dec. Michael Sadeidin, Ike, 7-3. 152 - Humberto Acevedo, Ike, dec. Ryan Evans, Wa-Hi, 12-6. 160 - Edwin Gudino, Ike, pinned Ruben Avalos, Wa-Hi, 4:54. 171 - Dustin Martin, Ike, pinned Zane Henderson, Wa-Hi, 3:25. 189 - Joel Ortega, Ike, pinned Luis Contreras, Wa-Hi, 1:24. 215 - Raul Martinez, Ike, dec. Logan Reardon, Wa-Hi, 11-10. 285 - Gerald Maib, Wa-Hi, pinned Christian Gonzalez, Ike, :48.
Bob Mars Invitational
Pendleton - 154.5; Richland - 152.5; Zillah - 136; Chiawana - 120; Othello - 96; Southridge - 92; Kennewick - 89; Moses Lake - 85; Kiona-Benton - 81; Wenatchee - 80; Wa-Hi - 79; Kamiakin - 73.5; Quincy - 67.5; Wapato - 50; Riverview - 38; Columbia-Burbank - 15.
103 - No entry. 112 - Jose Albaran 0-2 DNP. 119 - Wil Babbitt 2-2 DNP. 125 - Devon Pellham 0-2 DNP. 130 - Ashtin Romine 1-2 DNP. 135 - Levi Jenkins, 2-2 DNP. 140 - Nason Babbitt, 2-2, fourth place. 145 - Anthony Stalder, 3-1, second place. 152 - Ryan Evans, 3-1, second place. 160 - Ruben Avalos, 0-2, DNP. 171 - Jacob Wallace, 1-2, DNP. 189 - Luis Contreras, 0-2, DNP. 215 - Logan Reardon, 2-2, DNP. 285 - Gerald Maib, 3-2, sixth place.