Tuesday, January 18, 2005
TACOMA - To say it was a long weekend for the Grandview High School wrestling team might be a bit of an understatement.
After grabbing a sixth place finish at the 14-team Foss Invitational this past Saturday, the Greyhounds were looking to head home. But Saturday night, after leaving at about 11 p.m., the Greyhounds found themselves stuck in North Bend, because Snoqualmie Pass was closed due to inclement weather.
And to top things off, Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny was unable to bring home complete results of the tournament because of technical problems with the equipment at the tournament.
Grandview's team score was unavailable, but Sevigny said the Greyhounds finished sixth, six points out of third place. Prosser won the tournament on the last match of the night for the Mustangs, edging out host Foss for the invite title.
"We didn't have that good of a day," said Sevigny. "I am kind of thinking we let up a bit."
Sevigny said he didn't know if it was his team coming off the emotion of Thursday night's home victory against league leading Kiona-Benton or if it was just an off day for his team on Saturday.
"I really think we could have competed for first," said Sevigny.
Grandview did have six placers at the tournament.
The lone champion for the Greyhounds was Tovias Magana, at 171 lbs. Magana defeated Grandview teammate Rigo Rodriguez 11-7 in the finals.
"They both had a really good tournament," said Sevigny.
Magana built a five-point lead early in the match that Rodriguez had to fight to overcome.
"Tovias wrestled well, but Rigo didn't give up," said Sevigny.
Greyhound heavyweight Andrew Morales lost a heartbreaking finals match to a wrestler from Steilacoom. Morales dropped the match 2-1, but Sevigny said the Steilacoom heavyweight should have been called for stalling in the third period.
Grandview's Jesus Soto won the consolation championship at 160 lbs. Soto placed third after winning a decision over a Foss wrestler he lost to in the quarterfinals.
"All but the quarterfinals match he wrestled a pretty good tournament," said Sevigny.
Matt Saldana lost a decision to a wrestler from Foss in the 130 lb. consolation championship.
At 119 lbs., Grandview's Fernando Godinez placed fourth, losing to a wrestler from Prosser in the consolation finals. Godinez was up by 10 points at the time the Prosser grappler scored the pin with 30 seconds left in the match.
The Greyhounds end their regular season this Thursday at Toppenish.
"We win, we have a share of the league title," said Sevigny.