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Greyhounds finish ninth at White River Invite

BUCKLEY - It is one of the most difficult wrestling tournaments in the state and Grandview wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny couldn't be more pleased with how his team performed.

"It went pretty well," said Sevigny. "We are still a pretty young team."

Sevigny took 10 wrestlers to the White River Invitational this past weekend, placing five. The Greyhounds finished ninth out of the 16-team tournament with 85 points. Sedro Woolley ran away with the tournament, winning with 279 points. Eastmont was a distant second with 200 points.

Michael Benavidez had the top finish for the Greyhounds, placing third at 140 lbs. Benavidez won 7-6 in double overtime against Chris Sales of Fife in the consolation finals. Sales locked his hands five seconds into the double OT to give Benavidez the victory.

"Michael looked real tough," said Sevigny.

Grandview heavyweight Andrew Morales lost 5-3 in the consolation finals to Sunnyside's Pete Garza.

"It was a close match," said Sevigny.

Shay Seimears took fifth place honors for the Greyhounds at 135 lbs. Seimears handily defeated Robert Vargas of Centralia in the trophy round 10-2. Seimears lost his opening match on Friday, but came back and won four straight matches before losing in the match to advance to the consolation finals.

"Shay had a good tournament," said Sevigny.

Matthew Saldana had a tough tournament draw at 130 lbs., placing sixth for the Greyhounds. Saldana's tournament included a loss against Sedro Woolley state champ Nathan Dekker.

"Matthew wrestled him tough," said Sevigny.

Saldana hurt one of his arms in his second to last match and was ineffective in his outing against Jeff Setter of Orting for fifth and sixth place, losing 12-7. Sevigny said if Saldana hadn't been hurt there would have probably been a different outcome in that match.

Also nabbing a sixth place finish for the Greyhounds was Jesus Soto at 160 lbs. Soto lost by pin to Justin Burt of Enumclaw in the trophy round.

The Greyhounds travel to Wapato Tuesday night.

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