The Selah High wrestling team is off to a 6-1 start in CWAC dual meets, most recently defeating Ellensburg on Jan. 21 and losing to No. 1 ranked Toppenish on Jan. 23.
Against Wapato on Jan. 9, the No. 5-ranked Vikings won eight straight matches between 126 and 182 pounds to win the match 50-21. Coming out on top were Evan Anderson (126), Jesse Salinas (132), Judah Yates (138), Jerry Schmidt (145), Ethan Garza (152), Alonzo Lopez (160) and Mo Singh (195). Winning by forfeit were Marcos Gonzales (106), Jackson Yates (182), Franky Ceja (170) and Amadeo Flores Pimentel (220).
Defending state champion Toppenish is ranked No.1, ahead of Selah and another CWAC stalwart, Othello (fifth). The Vikings defeated the Huskies, 43-33, earlier this season. Other CWAC teams among the top 20 are Prosser (14th), Ephrata (17th) and Wapato (20th).
As of Jan. 15, Selah wrestlers ranked in Class 2A include Gonzales (fourth, 106), Anderson (eighth, 126), Salinas (second, 132), Garza (eighth, 145), Lopez (eighth, 152), Jackson Yates (sixth, 170), Donny Schmidt (fourth, 182), Flores Pimentel (first, 220) and Michael Ray (eighth, 285).
Flores Pimentel, a senior, is a two-time defending state champion at 220 pounds. Salinas, a sophomore, placed third at 126 pounds at state last season.