Cadenas and Vassey Lead Hermiston To 7th Place Team Finish

ELLENSBURG, WA. – Led by a first-place finish by Hermiston senior Sam Cadenas and backed by a second-place finish by senior Jesse Vassey, the Hermiston boys wrestling squad placed seventh in the team standings as action wrapped up at the Ray Westburg Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Ellensburg.

The Bulldog boys finished the Invitational with 144 points. Selah, with 217.5 points, was crowned the team title winner.

Cadenas took home the medal in the 285-pound division after pinning Selah’s Michael Ray at the 1 minute, 42 second mark of the match. Cadenas now stands at 20-3 for the season.

Vassey, wrestling at 220 pounds, fell in the championship match by a 6-5 decision to Eisenhower’s Damien Gama to take the runner-up position.

Team scores: 1. Selah, 217.5. 2. Deer Park, 182.5. 3. Othello, 177.5. 3. Sunnyside, 177.5. 5. Ellensburg, 160.5. 6. Hanford, 152.5. 7. Hermiston, 144.0. 8. Southridge, 114.0. 9. Burlington, 109.5. 10. Eisenhower, 69.0. 11. Anacortes, 67.0. 12. Quincy, 56.0. 13. Prosser, 49.0. 14. Goldendale, 43.0. 15. Eastmont, 38.0. 16. Rogers, 30.0.

113: 5th Place Match; Carlos Cervantes (Hermiston) defeated Erik Aguilar (Eisenhower) by fall, 1:47.

120: 5th Place Match; Brock Berger (Deer Park) defeated Pedro Pacheco (Hermiston) by fall, 2:42. 7th Place Match; Justin Martinez (Othello) defeated Aidan Seewer (Hermiston) by decision, 3-0.

132: 3rd Place Match; Mason Acord (Rogers) defeated Daniel Garza (Hermiston) by decision, 2-0.

138: 3rd Place Match; Israel Perez (Quincy) defeated Hunter Dyer (Hermiston) by decision, 10-8.

145: 5th Place Match; Kyler Freeman (Othello) defeated Trevor Kirkpatrick (Hermiston) by fall, 2:01. 7th Place Match; Zander Zackula (Southridge) defeated Grayson Hendon (Hermiston) by fall, 1:00.

170: 7th Place Match; Jonathan Lowe (Southridge) defeated Javier Garcia (Hermiston) by fall, 2:31.

182: 3rd Place Match; Jeydian Salazar (Sunnyside) defeated Jaxson Gribskov (Hermiston) due to injury.

220: 1st Place Match; Damien Gama (Eisenhower) defeated Jesse Vassey (Hermiston) by decision, 6-5.

285: 1st Place Match; Sam Cadenas (Hermiston) defeated Michael Ray (Selah) by fall, 1:42. 5th Place Match; Trenton Rowton (Hanford) defeated Siu Sepeni (Hermiston) by decision, 3-2.