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Grandview grapplers successful at takedown jamboree

YAKIMA - After graduating just two seniors last year and winning a CWAC co-championship, Grandview's wrestling team is looking to repeat last season's success.

Wednesday night, Greyhound grapplers competed against wrestlers from 12 schools at a takedown jamboree at Eisenhower High School.

The format gave wrestlers four matches of a minute and a half to score points by taking down their opponents.

Two points were awarded for a takedown, and three points were awarded for a takedown where a wrestler was able to take his opponent directly to his back.

"It's mainly just a chance for the guys to test out what they've been doing in practice," said Grandview wrestling Coach Jeff Sevigny.

He said the jamboree is just a good way for wrestlers to get the cobwebs out before the season officially starts and matches begin to count.

If Sevigny's wrestlers had any cobwebs, they sure didn't show.

Three wrestlers claimed fourth place for the 'Hounds; sophomore Juan Godinez at 125 lbs., sophomore Yoni Causor at 140 lbs., and freshman Eddie Acosta at 275 lbs.

Sophomore Dalton Walker, at 119 lbs., junior Kaelan Nelson, at 130 lbs., and senior Max Saldana, at 135 lbs, all recorded third-place finishes.

Senior Freddie Magana was the lone second place finisher for the 'Hounds at 275 lbs.

Grandview came away with five first-place finishes.

Sophomore Fernando Godinez, at 135 lbs., senior Michael Benavidez, at 145 lbs., and senior Tovias Magana at 189 lbs, all recorded first-place finishes.

But Sevigny was most impressed with junior Jacob Robillard, at 160 lbs., and senior Rigo Rodriguez, at 215 lbs.

Both took first in their weight classes after only limited practices due to the fact that both were still on the Grandview football team, which qualified for the State playoffs.

Despite all the top-four finishers, Sevigny said his team needs to improve.

"We have a long way to go," he said.

Sevigny, however, enjoyed the night and the jamboree. "It was a good turnout; a good showing," he said.

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