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12 SPORTS I THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014 THE QUINCY VALLEY- Post-Reoister Jackrabbits place four, BY KURTIS J. WOOD All things considered, the Jackrabbits had a solid Mat Classic XXVI. For the second straight year, Quincy brought home a gold medalist, plus had three other medalists and made the big board with a 10th-place finish. .. It all starts at the top with Antonio Melendez, a 160-pound senior, who had a near perfect run at his title. He capped his final year in green and gold with a 30-3 record. Why near perfect? He was taken to his back in his semifinal match, but he also did not have a takedown against him all weekend or all postseason. Then there was fellow senior Isias Jimenez. The 145-pounder capped his final year with a 26-6 record and silver medal. You could see in his eyes and ac- tions he had a goal to make the champi- onship match and when he was put into a cradle in the semifinals, he used every ounce of his energy to not get put on his back and to break free. "He deserves it," said assistant coach William Clifton. "They all do." Jimenez won his opening match over South Whidbey's Kyrell Broyles 9-6 and advanced to defeat Warden's Emilio Pru- neda 11-7. The win pitted him against Zillah's Christian Francisco, where he took a 7-2 lead into the third round. Francisco put Jimenez in a cradle, but his sheer will and determination led him to a reversal and a 9-2 final score. In the title match, he lost 11-2 to de- fending state champion Roberto Orozco of Connell. Moving on down the weight brackets we come to the Jacks hard luck story of the weekend, 138-pound John Lindquist (20-4). He came into the weekend on a hot streak, which propelled him into the semifinals, where he lost in quadruple overtime. In his first consolation brack- et match, he tweaked his knee and was forced to forfeit that match and his next one and settled for sixth place. He lost mat time this season to a right knee injury and on Saturday he hurt his left knee. He will be back next season for his senior year. Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register Above - Victor Salgado defeated Laskeside's Joe Adams to place seventh, Right- John Lindquist defeated Keishi Thompson of Ilwaco 12-2 Friday morning. COLUMBIA BASIN FOUNDATION IS YOUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN NEED OF GRANT MONEY? Please visit: www.columbiabasinfoundation.o,rg to locate our grant application and information. Our due date for grant applications is Monday, March 13 2o1:om For more information contact Executive Director Donn Cook (509) 754-4596 Lindquist won his opener 12-2 over Keishi Thompson of Ilwaco and accept- ed a forfeit against Taylor Gardner of Nooksack, after the junior was called for biting Lindquist. He lost in the semifi- nals to Tyler Miler of Stevenson 15-13 in quadruple overtime. In his next match, he was down 4-1 after missing a throw and came up with a left knee injury to end his Mat Classic XXVI campaign. Then we come to 106-pound Victor Salgado (24-11). The junior found a staple move when it counted - the sin- gle leg. He seemed to have the ability to find the move when needed and rode it to a seventh-place finish. The junior opened the: tournament with a 5-3 win over Connell's Oscar Ortiz, but lost to Sebastain Morales of Forks 10-3. He came back with a a 5-2 win over Austin Simmons of Naches, but lost to Warden's Jesus Dominguez and wound up with an 8-1 win over Lakeside's Joe Adams to place seventh. He used two single leg takedowns and a three-point nearfall for the win. "It's just confidence," Salgado said. "This is my last match and I've got to give everything I've got." "(Assistant coach Ross Kondo) has been telling him all year," said Martinez. "When he gets in on them he's danger- ous." The Jackrabbits also had four more state participants in freshman Raul Barajas and a trio of juniors in Steven Gomez, Cade Wallace and Austin Mor- ris. ll3-pound Barajas (15-12) had two overtime matches winning his first and lost his second in four overtimes, which eliminated him from the tournament. Gomez (26-7) and Morris (16-9) both won one of three matches and Wallace (14-10) put the eventual state runner-up on his back, but lost 8-7. ,COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Isias