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Grizzlies run into trouble against Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - In a double dual meet held in Moses Lake Thursday night, the Sunnyside Grizzlies lost to the host Chiefs 49-17 and to Pasco 49-23.

In the first match against Moses Lake, Sunnyside saw four of its wrestlers get wins and 10 lose.

Wrestling at 103 lbs., Sunnyside's Steven Romero pinned Andrew Valdez of Moses Lake in 49 seconds.

His brother Isaac Romero (112 lbs.) then beat Moses Lake's David Perales by a score of 9-2.

At 119 lbs., Sunnyside's Ricardo Rivera had his way with Tyler Vela, beating him 15-0, and J.T. Gonzalez (135 lbs.) beat Gabe Guzman 9-3.

Sunnyside had two wrestlers lose on points to Moses Lake wrestlers that could have gone either way. At 130 lbs. Sunnyside's Eric Meija lost to Matt Palmer 12-9 and in the 285 lb. weight class, Moses Lake's Tad Harmon beat Sunnyside's Angelo Salazar 2-0.

Four Sunnyside wrestlers were pinned.

In Sunnyside's match with Pasco, the Grizzlies fared a little better with five of their wrestlers getting wins, three of them by pins.

The Romero brothers picked up wins on decisions. Steven Romero beat Pasco's Kevin Krarrall 8-0 and Isaac Romero beat Zeke Castro 9-1.

Rivera (119 lbs.) pinned Pasco's Josh Martinez in 1:56, Gonzalez (125 lbs.) pinned Pasco's Gerardo Castro in 3:03 and Sunnyside's Meija (130 lbs.) pinned Cameron Schlmran in the third round.

Six Sunnyside wrestlers lost to Pasco via pins, two lost on points and Salazar was held out of his match against Pasco because he tweaked his shoulder in the Moses Lake match, said Sunnyside Coach George Paulus.

"Some of our kids are going to have to get tougher," Paulus said. "We have to work on our conditioning.

"It was a good measuring stick to see where we're at," Paulus said of the double dual meet. "If we want to compete with the big boys we're going to have to get a lot tougher."

Paulus said the biggest thing is his wrestlers are lacking is experience.

"Their getting indoctrinated by fire," he said. "We're getting better, we'll keep firing away."

Sunnyside (0-0, 0-2) will travel to Vancouver Saturday, Dec. 9, to participate in the Skyview Tournament.

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