PASCO - The Grandview High School wrestling program made its presence felt this week at the "Best in the West" wrestling invite held Wednesday and Thursday in Pasco.
Coach Jeff Sevigny estimated that his team, which posted a 3-2 record during the invite, finished in the top half of the 32-team field.
Sevigny explained the "Best in the West" format is team scoring, with no individual places awarded.
In first day action Grandview lost the opener 38-34 to Elma, then rallied for 39-33 and 42-34 wins over River View and Mt. Si, respectively. The Greyhounds' Storm Shea (130) and Dalton Walker (135) keyed the come-from-behind wins by pinning their opponents in the last two matches against both schools.
On the second day, Grandview split, losing 50-28 to Pendleton, Ore., then closed out by edging the Crook County, Ore. JV by a score of 37-36. The Greyhounds built a 37-24 lead, before Crook County secured pins to win the final two matches.
For the invite, Fernando Godinez posted a perfect 5-0 record in the 145-lb. weight class, knocking off Nick Watson of Elma, Kyle Buck of River View, Dan Wright of Mt. Si, Sam Stewart of Pendleton and Jake Shinkle of Crook County.
Joe Rodriguez (285) of Grandview was also a perfect 5-0, with wins over Zach Rypricht of Elma, Daymien St. Clair of River View, Jack Steinnett of Mt. Si, Sheehan Burnhart of Pendleton and a forfeit win over Crook County.
Greg Gonzalez (152) was 4-1 for Grandview over the two-day invite, pinning Elma's Josh Widner, as well as Jay Dochnahi of Mt. Si, as well as Drew Berry of Pendleton and Tyler McCormack of Crook County
"We were pretty strong in the heavier weight classes, but we're young and inexperienced in the lighter classes," Sevigny said.
But the opportunity to wrestle five matches in two days provided needed experience, the coach added.
"You could just see them get better from the beginning (of the invite) to the end," Sevigny observed.
An example was freshman Efren Ramos (125), who went 2-3 over the two days, recording a pin over Elma's Brick Waldroup in just 51 seconds, and decisioning Mt. Si's Joe Taklo by a score of 8-4. "He had a really good two days," Sevigny said of Ramos.
Grandview's grapplers will have a short Christmas break before traveling next Thursday, Dec. 28, to the Hanford Invite.