By Jeremy McDonald
MOLALLA, Ore.–McKay saw six wrestlers finish third or better at the Molalla Snowmageddon Challenge Saturday afternoon.
Of the six, three finished third: Norely Lara (106), Bryant Mondoza (113) and Salvador ‘Chava’ Calmargo (220).
Lara was confident entering her first match, and though she dropped a tough second round match to Dustin Asher, Lara made the right adjustments to get a 21-4 Techincal Fall to finish third.
“My first match I was in it to win it! Knowing my opponents have some history I’m glad i won,” said Lara. “Heading into my second match i was getting my mind set to wrestle. Although I lost that match I went on to go against my own team mate to which I won , but it was great for both of us! Winning that match put me up to go wrestle for 3rd.
“That last match was really insane me and my opponent both wanted to win. My last opponent to get 3rd was my first opponent I won against so both coaches got pretty hyped! Winning from a tech fall I think I did my best. Its really good for me to have won because i was the only girl in the bracket as small as it was!
Mendoza’s trip to the third-place finish was something he never thought of as he pinned Alec Lowry at the 2:24 mark to finish third in the bracket.
“I never thought that I was going to get in 3th place and I am so happy that I win today what I think that I did good and my opponent said to me that he did not want to wrestle me because he said that I was good and my opponent was hard but I still when out their and wrestle hard,” said Mendoza.”
Shane Tennis won his first two matches by pins as the senior continues his tear of dominance, but Tennis ran into a wall in Corbett’s Chase Conner in the final. Conner pinned the senior in a 1:44.
But, in an interesting twist that didn’t happen during the Herrin Holiday Tournament due to an injury to one of the two, was the showdown between Matt Jarding and David Rubio.
And there was some excitement.
“Oh it was really fun,” said Jarding. “Since we didn’t get to wrestle at the Holiday Classic, it was nice to be able to compete with him outside the practice environment. David did really well and I was impressed by his movement and mat awareness. It’s always nice wrestling Dave.”
The Sophomore in Rubio tested the Senior in Jarding, but the senior slipped out with a 12-4 win to take the 160-pound bracket.
Rubio said that what him and Jarding did was just apart of how the team is progressing to this point of the season.
“I think we did great,” said Rubio. “People wrestled good , and just keep sharpening are skills for the future, and It was fun me and (Jarding) made it to the finals twice just showing our hard work we eliminate the competition and all that is left is us and that match was just like (the) 6:00 mins we do in practices we go hard and it’s just getting me more pumped when I dropped down another weight class.”
Other notables were: Sergio Mendez (126) finishing fourth, Johnathan Duff (138) finished fourth, Jayency Exetok (170) finished fourth,
McKay will have two practices before they take on West Albany (Wednesday) and McNary (Thursday). Both are at home.