WAPATO - The Grandview High School wrestling team backed up its aggressive performance at Tuesday's Hanford Winter Cup with another solid outing at the eight-team Wapato Invitational Thursday afternoon.
Grandview fielded 12 placers on its way to a third place finish at Wapato with 150 points. Ellensburg took the team title with 183.5 points and Prosser was second with 151 points. Host Wapato finished fourth with a 141.5 points.
"It was a pretty balanced tournament," said Grandview coach Jeff Sevigny. "We (coaches) were busy. We had guys up (wrestling) all the time."
Grandview had five wrestlers in the finals, but heavyweight Andrew Morales was the only Greyhound to win an individual title. Morales also recently took the heavyweight crown at the Hanford Winter Cup.
Morales knocked around Kenny Henle of Eisenhower in the Wapato finals, winning 3-1. Both wrestlers posted no points in the first round. Henle got an escape in the second round. Morales scored a three-point near fall in the third period to account for the final score. Sevigny said Morales nearly stuck Henle for the pin in the third period, but the Ike heavyweight was able to roll through.
Morales improved to 15-2 on the season with his performance yesterday.
"Andrew has really picked it up," said Sevigny. "He is now starting to set the tone."
At 135 lbs., Grandview's Shay Seimears made it to the finals for the second straight tournament. Seimears lost in the finals 6-1 to Joe Savidge of Ellensburg.
"Savidge is real defensive. He doesn't give away a lot," said Sevigny. "Shay is just getting better. He is one of top prospects for a medal at State."
Jesus Soto also made it to the finals for Grandview at 160 lbs. It was the first time Soto has wrestled in a finals at a tournament, said Sevigny. Soto didn't have such good luck in the finals, losing by pin in 42 seconds to Simon Alaniz of Wapato.
"Alaniz was a real big kid," said Sevigny. "Jesus didn't have a chance to get started."
Grandview's Tovias Magana also made it to the finals of his second tournament this week. Magana dropped a close 6-3 decision to Zack Haberman of Ellensburg in the finals.
"Tovias wrestled well. He had some opportunities," said Sevigny.
Grandview's Heleodoro Lopez made it the finals for the first time yesterday at 189 lbs., losing to Ellensburg's Luke Yarwood in 2:55.
Kaelan Nelson grabbed his second straight consolation championship title this week at 125 lbs. Nelson pinned David Ocampo of Toppenish in 3:31. Nelson's only loss of the tournament was a 6-2 decision to Daniel Bazan of Eisenhower, who won the tournament, in the semifinals
"Kaelan wrestled a real good tournament," said Sevigny. "This has been a great week for Kaelan. He has really turned the corner for us."
Jacob Robillard won the consolation championship at 152 lbs., defeating Kyle Miller of Selah 3-0. Robillard's only loss was to Tony McCorkindale of Prosser, who won the tournament.
"It was a good match for Jacob," said Sevigny of Robillard's performance in the consolation finals. "He didn't make any mistakes."
At 119 lbs., Grandview's Fernando Godinez lost 10-0 in the consolation finals to Ignacio Castaneda of Toppenish.
Max Saldana placed fifth for the Greyhounds, dominating John Weaver of Wapato, 17-7.
At 215 lbs., Grandview's Junior Pina placed fifth, beating Trevor Lawrence of Ellensburg 8-6.
Freddy Magana placed fifth at 275 lbs. for Grandview, pinning Jordan Littlebull of Wapato in 1:45.
Matt Saldana finished third for Grandview at 135 lbs., easily beating Justin Kraft of Eisenhower 7-1. Saldana's tournament points didn't go towards Grandview's team score because he was wrestling up a weight class.
Grandview will be wrestling at Zillah next Tuesday night in a non-league meet.