Hermiston is starting to realize just how tough the Mid-Columbia Conference is in wrestling.
Chiawana posted five consecutive pins - from Robby Vaughn at 145 pounds to Tyson Stover at 182 - to hand the Bulldogs a 57-20 loss Thursday night in Pasco.
“These duals mean something,” Hermiston coach Kyle Larson said. “We are going to improve and try to get our guys to wrestle their best. As much as we want to win every match, we are going to take it back across the river and see if we can’t get better.”
For Riverhawks coach Jack Anderson, the match was a milestone in his career.
“This is my first win against Hermiston in 18 years of coaching at Pasco and here,” Anderson said. “It was rally exciting. Hermiston has a good team. We didn’t do a bad job, but we have to be better next week against Kamiakin.”
The match started at 195, where Chiawana freshman Isaiah Anderson, in his first MCC dual, pinned Stanley Scott in 27 seconds.
Jonathan Lee got the Bulldogs on the board with a 12-1 major decision over Ceyetano Talavera at 220.
In the battle of the big men, Chiawana’s Colby Blasdel got Hermiston’s Dustyn Coughlin in a bear hug, took him down to his back, and notched the pin in 1:30 to give the Riverhawks a 12-4 lead.
The Bulldogs won the next three matches, getting a pin from Zane Helfer at 106, a 10-0 major decision from Adrian Delgado at 113, and a pin from Isaac Lambert at 120 to give Hermiston a 20-12 lead.
It was all Chiawana from there, though Trevor Wagner was on the cusp of beating the Riverhawks’ Riley Cissne at 160.
Wagner held a 3-2 lead after the first round,, and 5-4 after two. In the third, Cissne got a reversal to take a 6-5 lead, and Wagner tied it up with an escape.
Cissne took Wagner down with 31 seconds left in the third to go up 8-6, but Wagner maneuvered a reversal with 18 seconds left on the clock to tie the match at 8-8. In the waning seconds, Cissne rolled over Wagner and had his back on Wagner’s stomach and earned the pin at 5:55.
“I reached back for his head and hoped for the best,” Cissne said. “I got lucky.”
In the stretch of five consecutive pins, two came in less than 1 minute. Vaughn pinned Chris Lomeli in 34 seconds at 145, while Israel Romero beat Avant Ortiz in 57 seconds at 152.
“We are seeing a trend over our last two duals,” Larson said. “You can’t win dual when you get pinned every time. You give up too many points. We need to do a better job with a lot of things, including getting off our back.”
The Bulldogs are back on the mat at 7 p.m. Friday, hosting Post Falls.
“They are tough as hell,” Larson said of the Trojans. “We like to wrestle the best.”
Team score: Chiawana 57, Hermiston 20. 106 - Zane Helfer (H) p. Davian Martinez, 1:09. 113 - Adrian Delgado (H) md. Nathan Montelongo, 10-0. 120 - Isaac Lambert (H) p. Freddie Flores, 1:24. 126 - Darion Johnson (C) p. Hunter Dyer, 3:11. 132 - Kobe Santoyo (C) p. Gage Shipley, 1:18. 138 - Devyn Hernandez (C) d. Jordan Franklin, 8-7. 145 - Robby Vaughn (C) p. Chris Lomeli, :34. 152 - Israel Romero (C) p. Avant Ortiz, :57. 160 - 160 - Riley Cissne (C) p. Trevor Wagner, 5:55. 170 - Morgan McFee (C) p. Ethan Teel, 3:17.182 - Tyson Stover (C) p. Blake Betz, 1:36. *195 - Isaiah Anderson (C) p. Stanley Scott, :27. 220 - Jonathan Lee (H) md. Ceyetano Talavera, 12-1. 285 - Colby Blasdel (C) p. Dustyn Coughlin, 1:30.