GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School wrestling team moved into contention last night for the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) South Division title, following a 50-18 pounding of Naches at home.
The Greyhounds (2-1) edged into the league title hunt thanks to Connell knocking off Othello last night. Grandview beat Connell earlier in the season, but lost to Othello. Both of the matches were decided by one point. Each of the three teams currently set in second place behind Kiona-Benton (2-0). This scenario sits up a possible showdown for the league title on Jan. 13 when Grandview hosts Kiona-Benton.
Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said he is very pleased with the way his team is performing right now.
"We are just kind of rolling right now," said Sevigny. "The guys are really starting to believe in themselves and what we are doing. A little bit of success goes a long way."
Sevigny said Naches has an inexperienced team that just needs to get some more mat time.
"They are a young program," said Sevigny. "They are about a year off."
The meet started off for the Greyhounds at 135 lbs. with Grandview's Shay Seimears dominating Jacob Givens, winning by pin in 1:15.
Grandview's Kevin Concienne won by forfeit at 140 lbs.
At 145 lbs., Naches wrestler Justin Hastings pinned Rene Montelongo in 3:15.
Grandview's Jacob Robillard nearly handed over his match at 152 lbs., said Sevigny. Robillard decisioned Mike Rivera 7-6. Sevigny said Robillard led 5-1 at the end of the first period, but found himself down 6-5 going into the final session. Sevigny said Robillard did a nice job of rallying to get the win.
Despite losing by pin in 5:28, Grandview's Jesus Soto held his own in his 160-lb. match against Todd Ferguson. Sevigny said Ferguson is one Naches' top wrestlers.
"Jesus just made some mental mistakes," said Sevigny.
Tovias Magana had a relatively easy time with Naches' Ricky Miller at 171 lbs., winning a 12-5 decision. Tovias went into the final period leading 4-1.
"Tovias is getting better every match," said Sevigny.
At 189 lbs., Grandview's Heleodoro Lopez wiped the mat clean with James Taylor, winning by technical fall, 15-0.
"Heleodoro looked great," praised Sevigny.
Junior Pina handily won a 10-2 decision for Grandview at 215 lbs., defeating Naches' Rick Lawson.
Grandview heavyweight Andrew Morales showed no mercy as he thrashed Jacob Styles, winning by pin in 43 seconds. Sevigny said Morales, who is the top ranked heavyweight in the CWAC south, will have a good test ahead of him this weekend at Grandview's home tournament against a couple of wrestlers from the CWAC north.
At 103 lbs., Grandview's Andrew Tucker outlasted Ricky Hartwell, winning an 11-10 decision. Sevigny said Tucker was leading big, but became ill after getting a bloody nose. Sevigny said he was pleased with how Tucker stuck it out.
Grandview forfeited at 112 lbs.
Greyhound freshman Fernando Godinez gained a big win at 119 lbs., defeating one of Naches' top wrestlers, B.J. Bernard, 12-2.
"This was one of their better kids," said Sevigny. "Fernando went out after this kid."
At 125 lbs., Grandview's Kaelan Nelson won by forfeit.
The night wrapped up with Grandview's Max Saldana winning a convincing match at 130 lbs., defeating Drew Anderson 12-0.
Grandview will be hosting its annual invite this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Teams to be featured at the seven-team tournament include Quincy, Omak, West Valley-Yakima, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, and Prosser.