WALLA WALLA — Donovan Romero and Joey Camacho led the Walla Walla High School wrestlers with victories Tuesday in Mid-Columbia Conference wrestling action against Southridge.
Romero and Camacho each won by pin, but it wasn’t enough as Wa-Hi dropped to 2-1 in the MCC as Southridge posted a 46-24 dual-match win.
“We had some kids that wrestled well,” Blue Devil coach Dallas Jones said. “Some of those other matches, we came out a little bit flat. We showed a little bit of our youth tonight. But, you have to credit Southridge. They wrestled hard.”
The Suns got a major decision, and then pins from Lee Reams at 152 and Zavid Al-ghani at 160 pounds, to leap to a 16-0 lead after the first three matches.
Andrew Granchukoff, at 170, got the Blue Devils on the board as Granchukoff made a second-round reversal stand up for a 2-0 decision over Darin Harris.
Following a Blue Devil forfeit at 182, Romero and Kaden Diaz squared off at 195 pounds. Romero got an escape and a takedown in the closing seconds of the first round to tie Diaz at 4-4 after one.
Diaz jumped back in front with a reversal to open the second round, but Romero countered with an escape and takedown to take the lead at 7-6.
Following the takedown, Romero finished the match with a pin at 3:19.
“He was stronger and faster than I was,” Romero said. “I felt like he got tired (following Diaz’ first-round injury). I just kept going and didn’t give up. Somehow, we got in a scramble and I landed on him. I didn’t hurt his ribs, but he hurt them previously. Then, I just felt like he gave up. It was a pretty close match until then.”
Camacho, at 113 pounds, scored a takedown and a near fall to take charge of his match with Haley Cross with a 5-0 lead after one round. Another near fall led to Camacho’s pin at 3:07.
Brian Ocampo, at 120, followed Camacho and used a third-round reversal to clinch his 9-6 decision over the Suns’ Caesar Flores.
Benny Salcedo, at 126, ended the Blue Devil scoring with a forfeit.
“We keep getting better,” Jones said. “We didn’t lose for lack of effort. We just made some mistakes that we’re going to fix. We are on the right track and if they keep wrestling hard. they’re going to find success. We had a couple of matches that could’ve gone either way. If a couple of those (Noe Gonzalez lost 2-1 at 132, and Justin Evans lost 6-5 at 138) go our way it is a different score.”
“I’ve improved a lot from last year,” Romero said of his junior season. “I’m really glad I stuck with it (wrestling). Team-wise, we are a lot better than we were last year. We’re a young team and we’re going to be a lot better in the future.”
The Blue Devils travel to Pasco Thursday.
“We will come back to the drawing board Wednesday for Pasco,” Jones added. “I’m proud of our guys. We just have to stay focused and clean up those little mistakes and keep getting better.”
SOUTHRIDGE 46, WA-HI 24
106 — Sammy Negrette, South, pinned Josh Camacho, WW, 3:57. 113 — Joey Camacho, WW, pinned Haley Cross, South, 3:07. 120 — Brian Ocampo, WW, dec Caesar Flores, South, 9-6. 126 — Benny Salcedo, WW, won by forfeit. 132 — Trenton Nett, South, dec Noe Gonzales, WW, 2-1. 138 — Derek Gillespie, South, dec Justin Evans, WW, 6-5. 145 — Danny Navarro, South, maj dec over Brandon Hernandez, WW, 11-0. 152 — Lee Reams, South, pinned Ammon Juhasz, WW, 5:04. 160 — Zavid Al-Ghani, South, pinned Logan Hope, WW, 1:53. 170 — Andrew Granchukoff, WW, dec Darin Harris, South, 2-0. 182 — Brice Overholt, South, won by forfeit. 195 — Donovan Romero, WW, pinned Kaden Diaz, South, 3:19. 220 — Marcus Svrita, South, pinned Ryan Rogel, WW, 2:50. 285 — Luke Davidson, South, pinned Kurt Blackman, WW, 3:03.