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Grandview grapplers get win

WAPATO - Grandview got pins from Max Saldina at 140 lbs., Shay Seimears at 145 lbs., Jacob Robillard at 160 lbs. and Freddy Magana at 275 lbs. en route to a 40-30 win Tuesday night.

Despite the victory, Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said his team looked flat. When his wrestlers were on their feet they seemed to be a little too defensive, he said.

"We got a win, but we got to see a lot of things we need to work on," Sevigny said.

At 145 lbs., Sevigny said Seimears looked solid.

He termed the 152-lb. bout as the match of the night.

Grandview sophomore James Whitney came from behind to take the lead over Wapato's Will Badonie, but Badonie came back to overtake Whitney and win a 13-11 decision.

"It was just a real tight match," Sevigny said. "(Whitney) had a shot, he just fell a little bit short."

Whitney was also a week behind the other wrestlers in terms of practice time, Sevigny said, because Whitney was playing on the Grandview football team, which qualified for the State 2A playoffs.

Sevingy said the fact that the team's Dec. 3 trip to the White River Invitational was cancelled hurt his team. Wapato had already wrestled in a tournament and had gotten a chance to get the bugs out, he said.

Other highlights included a 6-2 loss for Grandview's Juan Godinez at 119 lbs.; an 8-2 loss for Kaelen Nelson at 130 lbs.; and a 12-0 win by senior Rigo Rodriguez at 215 lbs.

Grandview travels to Connell this Thursday night to open up its league schedule. The match begins at 7 p.m.

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