Celtic wrestling takes down Vikings

Celtic wrestling was back in action on Wednesday, hosting North Salem in the second league meet of the season. 

McNary had three pinfall, one decision and four forfeit wins en route to the 45-36 victory.

“We knew that North was coming in with not a full lineup, but the kids they do have are going to be tough, they’re going to come right at us,” McNary head coach Sam Martin said. “So we approached it with a bit of a hard-nosed, get down to business type of approach. We moved some kids around weight-wise. We put our kids in positions to win and came out with a win today.”

Two Celtics wrestled up a weight class. 

Max Blanco, who weighed in at 113-pounds but typically competes at 106-pounds, wrestled at 120. Blanco took on Aundre Chacon, losing by pinfall at the end of the third round.

This was the third meeting between the two, and they had been tied at one win a piece prior, according to Martin.

Josh Friesen competed at 182-pounds, despite weighing his typical 170. Friesen defeated Joel Chacon by decision 10-3. 

“You could tell there was a size difference,” Martin said. “But it speaks to the two of them, they’ll wrestle the best competition possible.”

Donovin Garia had the shortest match of the night, pinning Joshua Hernandez in 38 seconds. This is becoming a habit for Garcia, who finished his match against South Salem’s Kayden Stevenson last week in 26 seconds. 

Despite the win, Martin saw the sobering fact that it was a narrow margin of victory for how many points they were awarded via forfeit.

We’re given those points and only win by nine, it’s tough to look at that and be super happy about it,” Martin said. “But at the end of the day you just kind of have to be happy that it’s in the win column for us.”

WeightMatchMcNaryNorth Salem
106Pedro Schay Vega (McNary) over Unknown (For.)60
113Joseph Barros II (McNary) over Unknown (For.)60
120Aundre Chacon (North Salem) over Max Blanco (McNary) (Fall 5:47)06
126Liam Koenig (McNary) over Andres Alvarez (North Salem) (Fall 3:11)60
132RJ Chacon (North Salem) over Leo Gonzalez (McNary) (Fall 3:34)06
138Donovin Garcia (McNary) over Joshua Hernandez (North Salem) (Fall 0:38)60
144Isaiah Manzo (McNary) over Unknown (For.)60
150Nahaven Rose (North Salem) over Luke Racine (McNary) (Fall 1:59)06
157William Thomas (McNary) over Samuel Davis (North Salem) (Fall 2:25)60
165Noah Rudolph (McNary) over Unknown (For.)60
175Josh Friesen (McNary) over Joel Chacon (North Salem) (Dec 10-3)30
190Jayce Olsen (North Salem) over Manny De Los Reyes (McNary) (Fall 4:23)06
215Imyas Aguilar (North Salem) over Jesse Mendoza-Falcon (McNary) (Fall 1:02)06
285Isaiah Reyes (North Salem) over Diego Piceno (McNary) (Fall 4:24)06