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Greyhounds hauling four to Tacoma Dome

CHELAN - Grandview High School wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny was expecting Regionals to be tough for his team, and it was.

Sevigny said he was expecting a rough outing since his team has been on such a high emotional roller coaster the past few weeks, winning a share of the league title and taking the District title last week by a half-point.

"Regionals is tough," said Sevigny. "The north is really tough this year."

After qualifying 11 wrestlers for the Regional tournament this past weekend at Chelan, the Greyhounds were only able to move four wrestlers on to State this coming weekend at the Tacoma Dome. Grandview also qualified three alternates.

The Greyhounds finished eighth at Regionals with 79 points, behind Connell, which had 85.5 points. Northern division power Ephrata won the Regional crown with 154 points. Cashmere was second with 129.5 points and Othello was the only team from the south to crack the top three, grabbing third with 121.5 points.

Grandview heavyweight Andrew Morales had the highest finish for the Greyhounds at Regionals. In the finals, Morales lost by pin to Jake Byl of Omak in 2:29. Byl is ranked as the top 2A heavyweight wrestler in the State. Sevigny felt a lot of Morales' problems were mental. He said if Morales hadn't known about the reputation of Byl, he probably would have wrestled a lot differently. Sevigny said Morales had a fine Regional tournament in cruising to the finals.

At 135 lbs., Grandview's Shay Seimears finished fourth. After winning his first match 5-0, Seimears lost 10-4 in the semifinals to Mark Ourdank of Ephrata.

"It was a pretty tight match," said Sevigny.

Seimears came through the consolation round, beating an Othello wrestler 8-3 and then lost to Drew Walter of Omak 4-2 in the consolation finals. Sevigny said Seimears will have his work cut out in his opening round match at State, as he faces a two-time State champion from Steilacoom.

At 152 lbs., Jacob Robillard went into Regionals after being ill for most of the prior week. Still, Robillard managed a fourth place finish. Robillard won his opening match 12-7 over Ryan Cross of Ephrata, who would beat him in the consolation finals 8-6. Sevigny said by the time the consolation finals rolled around, the day had taken its toll on Robillard.

Also finishing fourth for Grandview was Rigo Rodriguez at 171 lbs. Rodriguez lost his opening match 11-9 to Dan Landeck of Ephrata. Landeck also beat Rodriguez in the consolation finals, 12-6. The highlight for Rodriguez was knocking off top seeded Jesse Newberry of Cashmere 4-3 in overtime to advance to the consolation finals.

"Rigo wrestled with a lot of heart the whole weekend," said Sevigny.

At 125 lbs., Grandview's Kaelan Nelson will serve as an alternate. Nelson beat Johnny Berg of Omak 9-2 to claim fifth place honors. Nelson had lost a double overtime match to a wrestler from Connell to advance to the consolation finals.

Jesus Soto will serve as an alternate for Grandview at 160 lbs., winning an 11-4 decision over Nick Durand of East Valley to claim fifth.

Tovias Magana finished fifth at 171 lbs. after beating Newberry of Cashmere 6-2.

Fernando Godinez placed sixth for Grandview at 119 lbs., as did teammate Michael Benavidez (140 lbs.).

Sevigny said he hopes his wrestlers realize State is a whole new field where everyone starts with the same record.

"You throw everything out the window when you get there," said Sevigny.

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