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Greyhounds lose heartbreaker

OTHELLO - The Grandview High School wrestling team couldn't put the finishing touches on one of the best 2A teams in the state Thursday night, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Othello.

The Greyhounds and the Huskies ended the meet in a tie at 36-all. But under a tiebreaking criteria the league has in place, the Greyhounds (1-1) lost the league meet to Othello, 37-36.

Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said there are three different criteria under the tiebreaking system that can be used to decide a meet. The first point officials look at is which team received the most penalty points. The second criteria, which decided the meet for the Huskies, is the number of individual wins. Othello had eight wins to Grandview's six. The last criteria under the tiebreaker system is the most pins.

"Our lighter weights really did not come through," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny. "While our heavyweights did. Othello is real tough in their lighter weights."

Sevigny said the victory was there for his team to take and the loss was a bit disappointing.

"We just came up a little bit short," said Sevigny. "We just need to be more consistent. We can't take nights off and I think the kids are starting to realize that."

The night didn't get off to a good start for Grandview. Othello's Conrad Garza destroyed Fernando Godinez by pin in 45 seconds.

"He is a very, very tough kid," said Sevigny of Garza.

It didn't get any better for Greyhound fans at 125 lbs. Don Cantu of Othello dominated Kaelan Nelson, winning 11-0.

"Everything Kaelan did the kid would counter," said Sevigny.

Othello's Jack Calvert posted an 11-5 win over Grandview's Max Saldana at 130 lbs. Saldana was in the match, said Sevigny, but the Greyhound grappler was outscored 6-2 in the final period.

At 135 lbs., Othello's Teddy Montelongo strung together an impressive victory, winning a 17-2 technical fall decision over Matt Saldana.

In one of the best matches of the night, Othello's Phillip Ontiveros edged Shay Seimears 10-9 at 140 lbs. Sevigny said Seimears just missed getting a takedown in regulation.

Grandview's Michael Benavidez lost his 145-lb. match 11-4 to Freddie Flores.

The Greyhounds started getting on track with Jacob Robillard's victory at 152 lbs. Robillard wiped the mat with Othello's Ismael Galeana, winning by pin in 1:19.

"Jacob came out real tough," said Sevigny.

Jesus Soto pinned Othello's Eddie Barajas at 160 lbs. in 3:06.

Tovias Magana won by forfeit for the Greyhounds at 171 lbs.

At 189 lbs., Grandview's Rigo Rodriguez pinned Jacob Johnston in 5:02.

"He controlled the guy right from the start," said Sevigny.

Heleodoro Lopez picked up a huge win for the Greyhounds at 215 lbs. Lopez pinned Othello's Oscar Suarez in 3:27.

"Heleodoro knew we needed the win," said Sevigny. "It was probably Heleodoro's best match of the year as far as intensity."

In the heavyweight match, Grandview's Andrew Morales pinned Othello's Miguel Carmona in 3:34.

The night ended with Andrew Tucker losing to Othello's Derek Stelter by pin in 30 seconds at 103 lbs.

Up next for the Greyhounds is the Hanford Invitational on Tuesday, Dec. 28, and then the Wapato Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 30.

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