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Grandview takes third at Foss Invite

TACOMA - Grandview put three wrestlers in the finals of the Henry Foss Invitational and had one individual champion en route to a third-place finish this past weekend.

The 'Hounds finished with 105 points, which put them just behind Puyallup's 148 points, and Lakes' 117 points.

Grandview's Rigo Rodriguez had his team's lone first-place finish at, 189-lbs.

Rodriguez won a 3-1 decision over Jon Roberts of Clover Park to claim the championship in overtime.

Tied at 1s at the end of the third period, Rodriguez was able to score the final takedown of the match in the extra time to claim the title.

Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said it was his second tough match in as many tries. Rodriguez needed a double-overtime victory in the semi-finals to reach the championship match.

The Greyhounds' Fernando Godinez, at 130 lbs., and Jacob Robillard, at 160 lbs., both made it to the finals, but both could only manage to finish second in their respecitive weight classes.

Godinez lost a 7-4 decision to Kenny Baker of Fife, and Robillard was pinned by Keoni Nisley of Lakes.

Grandview also put two into the consolation finals, Dalton Walker at 119 lbs. and Shay Seimears at 140 lbs. Both captured third-place finishes and much-needed points for their team's cause.

Walker won his trophy-round match with a 4-0 decision over Chad Meldrum of Port Angeles.

Seimears took a close one, too. He was able to score a 5-0 decision over Brian Cortinas of Lakes.

The strong showing continues Grandview's impressive invitational streak which includes two tournament wins at Hanford and at home this season.

Grandview was the only 2A school in the Tacoma tournament, Sevigny said.

Despite the third-place finish, Sevigny said his team looked tired and came out wrestling flat.

"We didn't have the best weekend we could have," he said.

The bus ride to Tacoma and the team's third weekend tournament in as many weeks took its toll, Sevigny said.

The 'Hounds return to league action this week as they take on Othello at home Tuesday night in a make-up contest that was orginally scheduled for Dec. 15, but was rescheduled due to bad weather and poor road conditions.

Sevigny said the dual meet will likely decide the CWAC South league title, and it's something he and his team have been looking forward to since it was rescheduled.

"I feel confident about our chances (of winning the league)," Sevigny said of the upcoming match with Othello.

Tuesday's match begins at 7 p.m. at Grandview High School.

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