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Grizzlies loaded headed into Sub-regionals

The good news for the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is there are a ton of Grizzlies going to the Sub-regional tournament at Hanford High School this Saturday. The bad news is that the brackets are drawn up, and there are a lot of Sunnyside pairings.

The Grizzlies will be looking to advance as many of their wrestlers as possible to the Regional tournament Valentine's Day in Sunnyside. The top four wrestlers out of Sub-regionals qualify for Regionals.

Sunnyside has three No. 1 seeds heading into Sub-regionals.

The first of the top seeds for the Grizzlies is Ray Romero at 145 lbs. Romero (26-1) will face freshman Matt Bunday of West Valley-Yakima in the opening round. Romero is in the same bracket as Tyler Leighty of Prosser and Tyler Brischle of West Valley-Spokane.

Also at 145 lbs. for the Grizzlies is Ulysses Olivarez. Olivarez will face Brandon Evans of West Valley-Yakima in the opening round. The winner of that match will face the victor of the Kellan Cox (Hanford) and Thomas Whittum (Clarkston) bout.

The second of Sunnyside's top seeds is Joe Evans at 171 lbs. Evans (27-3) will face Grizzly teammate John Van Wingerden in the opening round. Evans is in the same bracket as Grandview's Rodrigo Rodriguez, who will face Jeff White of West Valley-Spokane.

The last of Sunnyside's top seeds is Gabe Lara, 215 lbs. Lara will begin his quest to advance to Regionals against teammate Casey Smith. The winner of this match will face the winner of the Kyle Pierce (Hanford) versus Kit Lemire (West Valley-Spokane) bout.

At 103 lbs. Sunnyside's Jesus Alquicira will meet Wapato's Mario Vela in a bout between two freshman. The winner of this match will face Tony Valente of West Valley-Spokane, who received a first-round bye. The other Sunnyside wrestler at 103 lbs. is Ricardo Rivera. Rivera will face another freshman in Jason Strand of West-Valley Yakima. The winner of this match will wrestle Kodey Desjardin of Clarkston, who earned a first-round bye.

At 112 lbs., Sunnyside's Alex Valencia will face freshman Cash Buckner of Clarkston in his opening bout. The winner will then wrestle Brandon Edwards of Hanford, who gained a first-round bye. Steve Sanchez is the other wrestler for the Grizzlies at 112 lbs. Sanchez, who won his weight class at the JV postseason qualifier last week, will wrestle Ward Hobbs of Ellensburg. Sanchez is in the same part of the bracket as No. 1 seeded Nestor Soriano of Grandview.

At 119 lbs., Sunnyside's Michael Christian will face Ellensburg's Graham Johnston. The two are in the same bracket as Robert Espinoza of Wapato and Mike Gigas of Cheney. Jose Salinas of Sunnyside will wrestle Kenny Pulsipher of Hanford in his opening bout. Salinas is in the same bracket as Chris Garza (West Valley-Yakima) and James Standerfer (Clarkston).

Two Sunnyside wrestlers will face one another in the opening round at 125 lbs.-Gregg Burbidge and Charlie Alvarez. The two are in the same bracket as Tyler Stoker of Hanford and Jason Fairley of Clarkston.

At 130 lbs., Sunnyside's Eric Garcia will meet Mike Elliot of Clarkston in his opening bout. Garcia is in the same bracket as Tyler Munson of West Valley-Yakima and Matthew Saldana of Grandview. Sunnyside's Mark Uribe will wrestle Dallin Grow of Ellensburg in the opening round with the winner meeting Clarkston's Joe Holland, who received a first-round bye. The two Sunnyside wrestlers could meet one another in the semifinals.

At 135 lbs., Sunnyside's Omar Magana will meet Jeff Degenhardt of West Valley-Spokane. Magana is in the top half of the bracket with the winner of his match facing either Eric Abhold (West Valley-Yakima) or Jeremy Carter (Ellensburg). Juan Salinas will meet Grandview's Brian Naylor in his first bout. The two local wrestlers are in the same bracket as Taylor Gropper of Hanford and Mike McPeak of Clarkston.

At 140 lbs., Sunnyside's Rudy Martinez will face Ellensburg's Tyler Haberman. The two are in the same bracket as Mitch Eggett of Cheney and Rudy Hurtado of Prosser. Humberto Martinez will face Selah's A.J. Martinez. The winner of this match will face Colt Heger of Clarkston, who received a first-round bye.

At 152 lbs., Sunnyside's Michael Graham will face Matt Noble of Clarkston. Graham is in the same bracket as teammate Pedro Sigala, who will meet Prosser's Tony McCorkindale.

Victor Moreno of Sunnyside has a good shot at advancing at 160 lbs. as he will face Prosser's Ivan Merino in his opening bout. Moreno wrestled well against Merino during the regular dual meet season. Moreno is in the same bracket as Selah's T.J. Durand and Cheney's Nathan Kaiser. The other wrestler at 160 lbs. is Sunnyside's Reece Paulus, who will meet Cody Reese of Clarkston in his first match. Paulus is in the same bracket as Jared Stoker and Albert Ramos, both of Hanford.

Two more Sunnnyside wrestlers could possibly meet each other at 189 lbs. Sunnyside's Omar Ramirez will face Hanford's Cody Bradshaw in the first round. Teammate Carlos Padilla-Garza is in the same bracket, where he will face Wes Braun of Clarkston.

Sunnyside heavyweight Pete Garza will wrestle Ellensburg's Justin Michael in the first round. The winner will face Alex Purcell of Clarkston, who gained a first-round bye.

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