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Grandview grapplers place sixth in White River Classic

BUCKLEY - For being the only 2A school at the White River Classic this past Saturday, Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny was pleased with how his team finished.

Despite the fact that none of his wrestlers won individual titles, Sevigny said his wrestlers showed flashes of brilliance before getting caught making silly mistakes, which ultimately cost two of his wrestlers individual titles.

Out of 14 schools, Grandview took 6th place with a team score of 117 points. Tahoma, a 4A school, won the team title with 181.5 points.

"We were hoping for a top-three finish," Sevigny said.

The day-long tournament, which was a different format than in the past, meant wrestlers needed to win two matches to make it to their weight class final.

Both Kaelan Nelson at 125 lbs. and Rigo Rodriguez at 189 lbs. made the finals before both fell.

Rodriguez had one of the best matches of the tournament against eventual 189 lb.-champ Zach Novak of Tahoma.

Sevigny said the two were tied at two points apiece with nine seconds to go in the match. Rodriguez was able to get an escape and a one point lead before having a mental lapse and allowing Novak to take him down as time expired to lose the match 4-3.

"It was a heartbreaker," Sevingy said.

Nelson also lost to a Tahoma wrestler, Matt Terril, who pinned Nelson in the second round of his match.

Two Grandview grapplers also earned third-place finishes. Max Saldana at 130 lbs. and Shay Seimears at 140 lbs. both finished third.

Fernando Godinez at 130 lbs. finished in 4th place in his weight class.

Michael Benavidez, Jacob Robillard and Greg Gonzalez each earned 5th place finishes at 145 lbs., 152 lbs. and 160 lbs. respectively.

"It really showed that we hadn't been on the mat that much," Sevigny said.

He said his team was hurt by the postponement of this tournament, which had orginally been scheduled for Dec. 3.

Sevigny said his team needs to get into a better rhythm and spend more time on the mat, rather than just drilling in practice.

Grandview will face Prosser on Tuesday before having their first league match against Othello at home on Thursday night.

Sevigny said the Othello match is big because Grandview and Othello tied for the league title last season.

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