Big Bend Wrestling Makes Home Debut Friday

The Big Bend Men's Wrestling program will be in action for the first time since the 1994-95 season this Friday beginning at 7 p.m. inside the Peter C. DeVries Center.
The Big Bend Men's Wrestling program will be in action for the first time since the 1994-95 season this Friday beginning at 7 p.m. inside the Peter C. DeVries Center.

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
Rodney Harwood

Funny thing about wrestling, different levels require a different skill set and the all-freshman lineup at Big Bend Community College got its indoctrination to the NJCAA with a 48-6 loss at Eastern Oregon on Saturday.

Vikings coach Jose Tanguma is a local guy, coached five seasons at Warden and coached a little bit with Jaime Garza at Moses Lake. He did a good job blending local with regional talent. But with a team full of freshmen, there's nothing like a good kick in the pants to get the energy level going.

"We didn't wrestle well at all. But it was a lesson learned and a nice wakeup call for a lot of kids that thought it was going to be like high school," said Tanguma, who wrestled for Pat Whitcomb over at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. "Eastern Oregon is NAIA and they had a lot of seniors. Instead of wrestling 18-year-olds, they were going against 22-year-olds.

"Let's just say there's a lot to learn."

Tanguma's brought a nice little selection of locals in Cade Cox (Ephrata), Martin Dominguez (Warden), Tyrone Mendez (Warden), Jose Galindo (Royal), Eduardo Rodriguez (Royal) and Pablo Mejia (Moses Lake).

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