WALLA WALLA - Of the 51 wrestlers on the Sunnyside Little Grapplers youth wrestling team, 24 of them placed in the top three this past Saturday at a tournament held at Walla Walla High School.
Weight divisions were not available for the wrestlers.
Devan Amaro was one of several first place finishers for the Sunnyside team, taking top honors in the 11-12-year-old division. Also taking first in one of the 9-10-year-old divisions was Shawn Christensen. Teammate Jesse Barajas nabbed first place honors in the 7-8-year-old division. Another first place finish in the one of the 11-12-year-old brackets came from Frankie Ochoa. Noe Palomino also placed first for Sunnyside in the 7-8-year-old brackets. Marcel Saenz was first in one of the 9-10-year-old brackets. Orlando Medina had a first place finish in the 9-10-year-old division. Rounding out the first place medalist for the Grapplers was Skyler Seimears in the 11-12-year-old division.
In a 7-8-year-old bracket, Drew Gallardo finished second for the Grapplers. Teammate Daniel Guillen was second in the 9-10-year-old division. Also finishing second in the one of the 9-10-year-old brackets was Ethan Kantman. Hassan Kone grabbed a second place finish in one of the 7-8-year-old divisions. Also taking second place honors at the tournament was Angelo Lopez. Issaac Palomino finished second in one of the 7-8-year-old brackets.
The Grapplers also had several third place finishes. Isiah Ferrer had a third place finish in the 11-12-year-old division. Eric Amaro was third in one of the 9-10-year-old brackets and Messiah Amaro took third in a 5-6-year-old bracket. Ryan Hernandez had a third place finish for the Grapplers in the 11-12-year-old division. Taking third place honors in separate 5-6-year-old brackets were Jacob Mendoza, Nathaniel Rodriguez and Benjamin Montelongo. Alexis Osuna finished third in the 7-8-year-old division and teammate David Vidales was third in one of the 9-10-year-old brackets.
The Sunnyside Grapplers will be one of 20 teams competing this weekend at a tournament in Wapato.