MOXEE - The Grandview High School wrestling team gained some steam Tuesday night heading into this Thursday's home match against Kiona-Benton, with a possible league title at stake.
The Greyhounds devoured East Valley last night, winning 53-11. Grandview is now 3-1 in the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) south division.
Heleodoro Lopez started things off on a bright note for Grandview at 215 lbs. Lopez, who normally wrestles at 189 lbs., led 9-0 before pinning East Valley's Tom Martin in 3:52.
Grandview heavyweight Andrew Morales didn't have a very long night, as he pounded East Valley's Nate Weber, winning by pin in 22 seconds.
At 103 lbs., Grandview's Andrew Tucker won by forfeit.
Neither team fielded a wrestler at 112 lbs.
At 119 lbs., Grandview's Fernando Godinez won an 11-4 decision over Sean Stone. Godinez scored a near fall in the first period and a two-point near fall in the third period.
East Valley sophomore Kellen Hopkins, who placed third at State as a freshman, won a 14-0 decision over Grandview's Kaelan Nelson at 125 lbs.
"Kaelan actually wrestled him pretty tough," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.
At 130 lbs., East Valley senior Cameron Hopkins, an experienced State veteran, won an 8-0 decision over Max Saldana.
East Valley's Scott Thompson, who won the State title two years ago, won a hard-fought battle against Grandview's Shay Seimears, 8-2. Thompson scored three takedowns in the match.
"Shay kept it pretty close," said Sevigny.
The middle weights would be the only highlight for East Valley, as Grandview took it to the Red Devils the rest of the way.
At 140 lbs., Grandview's Michael Benavidez won by pin in 2:57 over Josh Stahl.
Rene Montelongo had a short night, as he won by forfeit at 145 lbs.
Jacob Robillard had a solid outing for Grandview at 152 lbs., decisioning Miguel Valencia 10-1. Robillard scored a three-point near fall in the third period.
At 160 lbs., Grandview's Jesus Soto won an 11-2 decision over Marshall Smith. Soto stormed out to an 8-1 lead in the first period.
Tovias Magana stuck East Valley's Nick Durand early at 171 lbs., winning by pin in 52 seconds.
Rigo Rodriguez (189 lbs.) ended the evening for the Greyhounds with a victory over East Valley's Matt Schut in 4:27. Rodriguez was up 11-1 at the time of the pin.
A victory over the Kiona-Benton Bears, who are currently in first place in the CWAC south, would be huge for the Greyhounds. Ki-Be still has league matches against Connell and Othello, who are currently tied with Grandview for second place in the league standings.