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Greyhounds grab at least a share of league title

TOPPENISH - The Grandview High School wrestling team can now add the word champion to its resume.

The Greyhounds grabbed at least a share of the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) south division title with a 43-20 thumping of Toppenish last night.

Right now, the Greyhounds (5-1) are sharing the league title with Othello and Connell. But there is a scenario in the equation that could have Grandview coming out as the only league champions. Othello still has to wrestle Ki-Be next week. The Bears fell out of title contention with last night's three-point loss to Connell. Connell will wind up the regular season against Toppenish.

"I am proud of their effort," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny of his team. "All year, we hung in there. We had no major injuries, no grades problems. We have been real fortunate."

The Wildcats were game last night, but in the end came out on the wrong end of a 43-20 decision.

"They gave us a good run last night," said Sevigny of the Wildcats.

Jesus Soto started the night off for Grandview at 160 lbs., handily beating Edgar Cruz 12-3.

"The kid (Cruz) fought pretty hard," said Sevigny. "Jesus got off to a slow start."

Grandview's Tovias Magana had his way with Guillermo Rodriguez at 171 lbs. Magana tossed Rodriguez around the mat on his way to a 17-2 technical fall victory.

At 189 lbs., Grandview's Rigo Rodriguez pinned Robert Torres in 3:27.

In one of the toughly contested bouts of the night, Grandview's Heleodoro Lopez won a 9-6 decision over Dustin Howard at 215 lbs.

"It was close, but Heleodoro controlled the whole match," said Sevigny. "I don't think he ever trailed."

Grandview heavyweight Andrew Morales had a relatively easy time, claiming a 7-2 decision over Toppenish wrestler Ruben Rios.

The Greyhounds gave up forfeits at 103 and 112 lbs.

At 119 lbs., Grandview's Fernando Godinez avenged an earlier season defeat at the Wapato Invitational. Godinez pinned Toppenish's Ignacio Castaneda in 1:47. Castaneda had beaten Godinez 10-0 at the Wapato Invite.

"Fernando is the type of wrestler who learns when he loses," said Sevigny. "Fernando came out tough last night."

The heart of Toppenish's line-up started at 125 lbs. Wildcat grappler Adam Sifuentes won a 5-1 decision over Grandview's Kaelan Nelson.

"Kaelan was on his heels most of the night," said Sevigny.

At 130 lbs., Toppenish's Yuder Pech won a 5-0 decision over Max Saldana.

Toppenish's Nic Romero won a 5-1 decision over Grandview's Matt Saldana at 135 lbs.

At 140 lbs., Greyhound grappler Shay Seimears won a 10-2 decision over Nic Villanueva.

Grandview's Michael Benavidez continues to get back into wrestling shape, after an early season injury. Benavidez pinned Toppenish's Juan Cortez in 4:51.

Jacob Robillard finished up the evening for the Greyhounds with a forfeit victory at 152 lbs.

The Greyhound varsity is basically done with its season until District Feb. 4-5 in Othello.

Sevigny will be sending mainly his JV wrestlers to the Mabton Invitational this weekend. Grandview will also be going to an all-comers meet in Zillah Jan. 28.

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