EAST WENATCHEE — In its first match back as a Class 4A member of the Big Nine, the Eastmont wrestling team showed it belonged. The Moses Lake Chiefs just reminded the Wildcats that they still have some work to do.
Eastmont went down to the wire against the perennial state power Chiefs, ultimately falling 38-31 on its home mat in a league-opening dual meet.
“It was a good first outing, not a great one. I give it an ‘atta boy,’” said Eastmont coach Ken Hoyt. “We have gotta be better, though. … Some inexperience really showed.”
The Wildcats split the matches evenly 7-7 with the Chiefs, but all but two of Moses Lake’s wins came by pin, adding up to 30 points.
“We couldn’t go to our backs (and win),” Hoyt said. “We can’t get better if we don’t go the whole match.”
Eastmont had its fair share of highlights, though. Darin Hardgrove (182 pounds) and Dylan Fechner (295) both had pins for the Wildcats, and Fabian Wickham (106) added a technical fall.
“I’m proud of our kids, they fought hard,” Hoyt said. “Hardgrove looked awfully good. He just did what he’s supposed to do, and he’s too strong for that kid (Moses Lake’s Easton Castro). Fechner, I’m really happy with him. He’s doing a better job of finishing his matches. And Fabian controlled a very good sophomore (Moses Lake’s Trey Long).”
Also picking up wins for Eastmont were Christian Hernandez (132), Camden Wheatcroft (152), Jesus Mendoza (160) and Kyle Hoffman (195).
The score was 32-31 in Moses Lake’s favor heading into the final bout, and the Chiefs clinched the dual meet victory with Nico Hernandez’s pin of Dakoda Aldrich at 2:40 into the 170-pound match.
Eastmont got a strong effort out of female Morgan Jones, who filled in at 120 pounds; she held on for 4:35 before being pinned by Jose Garcia.
The Wildcats continue action this weekend at the Sedro Woolley Invitational.
Entiat 69, CCA 42
The depth of Entiat’s bench surprised even coach Lee Southard in its home win against Cascade Christian Academy.
Entiat didn’t start pressing until the second half, which helped the Tigers force more than 30 turnovers.
Sophmore Truong Tran scored 16 points and had seven rebounds. Jeremy Davis scored 13 points, had 10 rebounds and five steals.
Entiat 58, CCA 5
Jaelyn Davis and Deserie Parks combined for six of Entiat’s 23 steals in its defensively-dominant win.
Bridgeport 40, Columbia Basin Secondary School 19
Deycy Monje-Lopez scored 14 points to lead the Fillies, who held CBSS star Crystal Lloyd (14 points) to just six after the first quarter.
Moses Lake 115, Wenatchee 71
Jared Vargas won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, plus helped Wenatchee take the 200 medley relay win, but Moses Lake won eight separate events to take the overall win in Big Nine action.
Wenatchee 1,867, Davis 1,703
Wenatchee improved to 7-1 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the Central Washington Athletic Conference.
Bethany Symonds led the Panthers with a high game of 200, and Mattlyn Cordova rolled a 181.