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G'view grapplers beat Toppenish

GRANDVIEW - The Wildcats took two of the first three matches of the night Thursday to build what would be their only lead of the night as the final match decided the outcome, and sealed a 40-30 CWAC South victory for the Greyhounds.

A 5-1 win by Toppenish's Ignacio Casteneda over Grandview's Kaelen Nelson at 125 lbs., and a 4-2 decision by Wildcat Adam Sifuentes over Greyhound Shay Seimears at 135 lbs. built a quick 6-3 lead for Toppenish.

But Grandview would win six of the next seven matches, a stretch that included five pins, to built a lead that looked to be almost insurmountable.

Michael Benavidez again got a quick pin for his squad. This time, his bout lasted just 56 seconds versus Ramon Rodriguez at 145 lbs.

Greg Gonzalez, at 152 lbs., Jacob Robillard, at 160 lbs., and Rigo Rodriguez at 189 lbs. all scored pins in that stretch for the 'Hounds.

Max Saldana, at 140 lbs., and Hele Lopez at 215 lbs. also got wins over Wildcat grapplers in that stretch, both won by decision, which added what would be much-needed points to their team's total.

Only Grandview's Tovias Magana lost his bout during that stretch, against Guillermo Rodriguez. Magana lost the bout by pin with just one second left in the match.

Though the match looked to be over, with the score at 34-12 in Grandview's favor with four matches left to go, it surely wasn't.

Toppenish's Dustin Howard started a streak of pins for the Wildcats with a first-period pin over Freddie Magana at 275 lbs.

Then it was time for the light weights.

Grandview freshman Santos Guillen lost a tough match to J.J. Garza at 103 lbs. by pin in the first period.

Coach Jeff Sevigny has said in the past that Guillen has a lot of heart, but being young and inexperienced, he often gets himself into trouble.

He's also well under 103 lbs., Sevigny said.

Daniel Armenta of Grandview couldn't end the streak of pins Toppenish had going, losing to Josue Gutierrez in the second period in the 112-lb. bout.

The three pins put the score at 34-30 with just one match to go. It all came down to Dalton Walker for the 'Hounds.

Walker needed only to avoid a major decision to pull out the victory for his team and secure the second-place slot in the CWAC South standings.

The 119-pounder didn't take too long, and didn't agonize his home fans by drawing out the match. Walker pinned Juan Torres with five seconds left in the first period to end the comeback attempt by the Wildcats.

With the victory, Grandview sits just behind undefeated Othello at 4-1 in league.

The 'Hounds have one league dual meet left on their schedule, as they'll travel to Connell next Tuesday before the District tournament in Othello on Feb. 3 and 4.

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