KENNEWICK — A well-rounded team effort propelled the Walla Walla High School wrestling squad to a Mid-Columbia Conference dual victory against Kennewick on Thursday.
The Blue Devils came up with six pins as a team to bolster the 45-27 victory.
Wa-Hi head coach Dallas Jones said the team is focusing on pins more aggressively this season.
“We’re really putting an emphasis on getting those extra points and getting those pins,” Jones said. “Those are big in those dual meets. It’s definitely big to pick those up and keep the pressure on guys until they want to give up and call the match.
“It’s definitely a big emphasis we’ve placed this year and they’re responding to it.”
Wa-Hi’s Josh Pettyjohn came up with a pin in the 113-pound class, as he downed Damian Padilla in only 1:48.
Brian Ocampo followed Pettyjohn with a win by pinfall against Jonathan Guzman in only 29 seconds. Ocampo, in his first varsity match, came up with the quickest pin of the match.
“He’s going to be one to keep an eye on in the future,” Jones said of Ocampo. “Young guys are stepping up and showing they can compete.”
Noe Gonzalez won by decision in the 126-pound division by a 10-4 mark. Justin Evans also got a 9-4 decision win in the 138-pound class.
Ammon Juhasz came up with the pin against Easton Scantlin in the 152-pound division and Logan Hope pinned Ronny Loomis in only 1:37.
Lucas Rassbach came up with a victory by pinfall against Alejandro Manzano in the 182-pound division.
Andrew Granchukoff won the last match of the night by pinfall in the second round against Kyle Shriver.
The Blue Devils are in Pasco today for the two-day Best of the West tournament.
Jones said Wa-Hi’s victory against Kennewick provides his team with some momentum heading into today’s action.
“Confidence goes a long way,” Jones said. “You start believing you can win and you give yourself a chance to win. Kids expect to start to win. You step on the mat and you expect to win. You wrestle with aggression and confidence. Confidence is huge and especially in wrestling. They show that when they step on the mat now.”
Wa-Hi 45, Kennewick 27
106 — Josue Villa, Kennewick, dec Josh Camacho, Wa-Hi, 14-7.
113 — Josh Pettyjohn, Wa-Hi, pinned Damian Padilla, Kennewick, 1:48.
120 — Brian Ocampo, Wa-Hi, pinned Jonathan Guzman, Kennewick, 0:29.
126 — Noe Gonzalez, Wa-Hi, dec Alejandro Ramos, Kennewick, 10-4.
132 — David Ramos, Kennewick, pinned Martin Barerra, Wa-Hi, 1:35.
138 — Justin Evans, Wa-Hi, dec Victor Tiscareno, Kennewick, 9-4.
145 — Ty Smith, Kennewick, pinned Brandon Hernandez, Wa-Hi 1:18.
152 — Ammon Juhasz, Wa-Hi, pinned Easton Scantlin, Kennewick, 3:07.
160 — Logan Hope, Wa-Hi, pinned Ronny Loomis, Kennewick, 1:37.
170 — Andrew Granchukoff, Wa-Hi, pinned Kyle Shriver, Kennewick, 3:34.
182 — Lucas Rassbach, Wa-Hi, pinned Alejandro Manzano, Kennewick, 2:57.
195 — Donovan Romero, Wa-Hi, dec Hugo Cartagena, Kennewick, 17-10.
220 — Todd Pink, Kennewick, pinned Ryan Rogel, Wa-Hi, 2:43.
285 — Robby Calvert, Kennewick, pinned Kurt Blackman, Wa-Hi, 0:59.
Team scores — Wa-Hi 45, Kennewick 27