Wednesday, December 29, 2004
RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team has pretty much dominated the annual Hanford Winter Cup tournament the past few years and this past Tuesday was no exception.
But the Grandview High School wrestling team made a rather strong showing of its own in what has to be one of the closest Hanford Winter Cup tournaments in recent memory.
The Grizzlies won the tournament with 184 points, followed by Mid-Valley League rival Hanford, which had 174.5 points. The Greyhounds were fifth with 144 points just behind West Valley, which was fourth with 157.5 points. Prosser took third place honors with 172.5 points and Naches was sixth with 125 points.
"It was a close tournament," said Grandview coach Jeff Sevigny. "Overall, as a team, we had one of the best tournaments we have ever had."
Sevigny said Grandview actually started the tournament off slow, but the Greyhounds started to feed off one another after each win.
Grandview had three wrestlers in the finals. Sevigny didn't have complete results from each of the weight classes.
Greyhound heavyweight Andrew Morales looked superb on his way to winning the tournament, said Sevigny.
"He had the best tournament of his career," said Sevigny. "He was aggressive. He did a fantastic job."
Morales pinned Chris Charlo of Mac High School out of Oregon in 1:16 to claim the heavyweight crown.
At 135 lbs., Grandview's Shay Seimears lost to Tyler Munson of West Valley in the finals, 7-1.
"Shay is wrestling tough," said Sevigny. "He has wrestled hard all year."
Sevigny said Seimears held his own at the tournament and wrestled well in the finals against a tough and competitive Munson.
Tovias Magana lost 7-3 in the finals to Prosser's Ivan Merino at 171 lbs. Sevigny said Magana did an outstanding at the tournament.
Some other highlights for the Greyhounds included Kaelan Nelson's third place finish at 125 lbs. Nelson's only loss in the tournament was to Cameron Hopkins of East Valley.
"That is the best he (Nelson) has wrestled," said Sevigny. "Kaelan just wrestled outstanding."
Rigo Rodriguez also placed third for the Greyhounds at 171 lbs. His only loss in the tournament was a decision to Magana.
A bruised and battered Michael Benavidez claimed fourth place honors at 140 lbs.
Max Saldana was sixth for Grandview at 130 lbs. Heleodoro Lopez also took sixth for the Greyhounds at 189 lbs.
Grandview will be at the eight-team Wapato Invitational on Thursday.