TOPPENISH - The Grandview wrestling team built a 32-3 lead through the middle weight classes last night, only for host Toppenish to reel off six consecutive pins on the way to a 44-32 victory in CWAC South wrestling.
"We started out really well," said Greyhound Coach Jeff Sevigny. "But we're young and inexperienced in the lower weights."
After Dalton Walker, a State tourney returner for Grandview, was decisioned in the 103 lb. match, the Greyhounds came up with six consecutive wins to forge the large lead.
Fernando Godinez got things rolling for Grandview at 145 lbs. with a technical fall over the Wildcats' Robert Torres.
Greg Gonzalez (152) followed with a pin over Gilbert Godinez of Toppenish and teammate Sergio Lopez (162) pinned Ramon Rodriguez.
Jacob Robillard (171) of Grandview pinned Aaron Ochoa, and fellow Greyhound Adrian Jasso (215) defeated Jorge Ochoa 2-1 in triple overtime.
Then it was Toppenish's turn with six straight pins to rally for the win.
Sevigny said Grandview's best chance to stop the Wildcat tide came in the 103-lb. weight class, when the Greyhounds' Santos Guillen trailed just 4-2.
"He had several chances to score and it looked like he was going to pull it out," Sevigny recalled. "But then he got caught and got pinned in the second period."
Grandview's struggles last night in the lighter weight classes wasn't because of lack of effort, but due to inexperience, Sevigny observed.
"Our lighter weights are mostly first-year kids," the coach offered. "The more mat time they can get, the more experienced they'll be."
Sevigny added, "They try so hard but they just make mistakes."
The coach also had a prediction.
"It's early in the year," he said. "Some of these guys that lost last night will win by the end of the season."