WALLA WALLA — A penalty point for stalling, after warnings, pushed the individual score to 8-0 with just 19 seconds remaining in the final individual wrestling match between Wa-Hi’s Eric Eastman and Eisenhower’s Dustin Martin at 189 pounds Thursday night at the Blue Devil gym.
Eastman had just enough time to qualify for the major decision, which would earn four team points instead of the three points awarded in a decision.
Three points would have left the final score a tie, 36-36.
And Eastman was able to get that extra point, giving Wa-Hi the 37-36 Big Nine victory.
Eastman secured the tie with a two-point takedown in the first round, a reversal for two points and penalty point for stalling in the second round, and another takedown in the third round before the final penalty point.
"It was the most exciting match that I’ve been in and it was pretty fun," Eastman said. "I knew we needed the extra point going into the last minute. I thought I could do it and I did."
Eastman’s individual record is now 21-2 on the season.
Wa-Hi’s overall record in conference is 3-2 and 5-6 overall.
Another wrestler with a dominating performance was Ryan Harmon (152), who won by technical fall, a difference of 15 or more points that awards the team five points, one less than the six team-points given for a pin.
Harmon was happy with his performance and the team victory.
"It is usually pretty close between us and Eisenhower," Harmon said. "About 10 team points or less separates us most of the time."
Wa-Hi built a lead of 13 points after the 135-pound match, but Eisenhower fought back with pins by three out of the next five Cadet wrestlers.
Eisenhower was ahead by three points going into the final match. Then Eastman won the major decision to earn four team points for the Wa-Hi victory.
Several Wa-Hi wrestlers earned pins.
In the heavyweight division, Gerald Maib pinned Jesus Andreda 19 seconds into the first round with the score tied 2-2.
Halfway through the second round, Dustin Taylor (125 pounds) pinned Marcus Feduzco for six team points.
In the 135-pound division, Anthony Stalder held down his challenger for a pin 40 seconds into the third round.
Wa-Hi also got six points from Tim Parks, on a forfeit, in the 103-pound division.
Each individual match consists of three two-minute rounds.
"It was a fun match to win," Wa-Hi coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "Win or lose, a match like this teaches our teams and individual wrestlers to rise to the top, to rise to the occasion. It was nice to come out on top, but it really could have gone either way."
Wa-Hi 37, Eisenhower 36
101- Tim Parks, Wa-Hi, win by forfeit. 112— Devon Pellham, Wa-Hi, pinned by Jesse Martinez, Eisenhower, 1:42. 119— Houston Rice, Wa-Hi, pinned by Dyllan Mendoza, Eisenhower 3:33. 125— Dustin Taylor, Wa-Hi pinned Marcus Feduzco 2:56. 130— Nason Babbitt, Wa-Hi, dec Paul Rodriguez, Eisenhower, 16-7. 135— Anthony Stalder, Wa-Hi, pinned Michael Sadiddan, 4:40. 140— Shea Swedin, Wa-Hi, pinned by Rogelio Andreda, 5:47. 145— Groover Snell, Wa-Hi, pinned by Enrique Gudino, Eisenhower, 2:47. 152— Ryan Harmon, Wa-Hi, dec Humberto Acevedo, Eisenhower, 18-2. 160— Ryan Evans, Wa-Hi, dec David Gonzalez, Eisenhower, 1-4. 171— Nick Larkins, Wa-Hi, pinned by Jesus Valencia, Eisenhower, 5:29. 189— Eric Eastman, Wa-Hi, dec Dustin Martin, Eisenhower, 8-0. 215— Joel McClure, Wa-Hi, dec Raul Martinez, Eisenhower 0-6. 275/Hwt— Gerald Maib, Wa-Hi pinned Jesus Andreda, Eisenhower, 1:41.