YAKIMA - Based on how the Sunnyside High School wrestling team fared against Eisenhower and Davis this past Saturday, the Grizzlies ought to be competing in the Class 4A Big Nine Conference.
Class 3A Sunnyside swept Saturday's double-dual meet, routing Ike 60-13 and whipping Davis 51-28.
Seven of the 14 wrestlers Sunnyside took to the match, hosted by the Pirates, won both their bouts. The unvanquished included Isaac Romero, Ricardo Rivera, Joseph Villanueva, Michael Graham, Victor Moreno, Frankie Candido and Pete Garza.
Romero, wrestling at 105 lbs., opened Saturday's action by pinning Eisenhower's J.R. Galindo a minute and 13 seconds into the third period. Against the Pirates' Ivan Carbajal, one of the Big Nine's top 105-pounders this season, Romero won handily, 8-2.
Rivera scored a pair of falls Saturday in his two 114-lb. matches. He needed just 25 seconds to dispatch Ike's Dominick Monguini, and pinned Hector Lopez of Davis in 1:10.
Villanueva continued his outstanding freshman season by decisioning Daniel Bazaan of Eisenhower 5-3. In Villanueva's 125-lb. match against Davis, he pinned Cody Wolff in 41 seconds.
Graham, at 154 lbs., registered two pins for Sunnyside. His first fall came against Ike's Kevin Rick in 1:39. Graham's second pin Saturday occurred at the 2:51 mark, against Davis' Paul Lewis.
Moreno, wrestling at 162 lbs., also scored two pins for the Grizzlies. His first came against Ruben Pineda of Eisenhower with just one second remaining in the first period. Moreno also scored a fall in his bout with Ryan Poagg of Davis, with 30 seconds left in the opening round.
Candido received two forfeit victories, as neither Eisenhower nor Davis could field a wrestler at 173 lbs.
The last of the unbeatens for Sunnyside was heavyweight Pete Garza. The 275-pounder pinned the Cadets' Kevin Henle in 3:14, and claimed a forfeit against the Pirates.
In the 60-13 victory over Ike, also coming away with victories for Sunnyside were Victor Reyes at 121 lbs., who pinned Edwin Arteaga in 38 seconds; Juan Salinas at 137 lbs., who pinned Justin Craft in 3:10; Zeke Galvan at 147 lbs., who decisioned Jaime Galindo 5-2; and Daniel Cruz at 215 lbs., who won by forfeit.
Picking up wins against Davis were Omar Magana at 142 lbs., who won by forfeit; and Carlos Garza at 191 lbs., who also claimed a forfeit.