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G'view grapplers open league play with a win

NACHES - After two league dual meet postponements, the Grandview Greyhounds finally opened their league schedule Thursday night with a 49-22 win over the Naches Valley Rangers.

Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said it was nice to open league play.

"We've been looking forward to it," he said. "It was nice to finally get into some league action."

Grandview got five pins against the Rangers, which helped the team build an insurmountable lead.

Sevigny said pinning opponents is something his team has been able to do a lot of this year and that's helped them to several dual meet wins and a tournament victory.

"It seems all season we've been able to do that," he said.

Not just pins, but first-period pins were the theme of the night for the 'Hounds Thursday evening.

Grandview's Michael Benevides scored his team's first pin in the first period at 145 lbs. Benevides pinned Naches Valley's Victor Gutierrez in 1:44.

Tovias Magana had the fastest match of the night for the 'Hounds. He pinned Josh Primer in just 46 seconds in the 171-lb. bout.

Freddie Magana at 275 lbs. had the third first-period pin for the 'Hounds. He pinned the Rangers' Ryan Gifford in 1:35.

Shay Seimars at 141 lbs. and Rigo Rodriguez at 189 lbs. had the Greyhounds' final two pins.

Forfeits were a wash in the meet as each team received six points for a single forfeit.

Sevigny said one of the best matches of the night came at the 125-lb. weight class.

Grandview's Carlos Zarate had to take the place of an absent 'Hounds wrestler. Zarate usually wrestles at 119 lbs.

Against Naches Valley's Junior Cabrera, Zarate was able to pull out a close 8-7 decision.

"It was an exciting match," Sevigny said.

Grandview's Hele Lopez also wrestled a close contest at 215 lbs. Sevigny said Lopez had been sick and didn't have the same amount of energy he usually does. But that didn't stop him. Lopez and the Rangers' Brian Jones went to overtime, with Lopez earning the match's final takedown for a 4-2 victory.

Sevigny said that victory said a lot about Lopez's character.

"He was able to gut it out," Sevigny said.

With their first league victory in hand, the 'Hounds (1-0 3-0) return home this weekend to host the Grandview Invite before returning to league action next Tuesday against Kiona-Benton.

This weekend's tournament begins at 10 a.m.

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