YAKIMA - The Grandview High School wrestling team hit the mat for the first time this season at last night's Ike Jamboree, held at Eisenhower High School in Yakima.
With half of last year's varsity team graduated, Greyhound Coach Jeff Sevigny said the jamboree was a good opportunity for the younger athletes to experience some competition.
"We have a really young line-up and last night they looked aggressive," Sevigny said. "As a staff we were really thrilled with how they did."
Jacob Robillard and Joe Rodriguez led Grandview by earning first-place honors in the 171 and 285 lb. weight divisions, respectively.
Sevigny said Grandview also had several wrestlers with just one loss during the nine-team jamboree.
Juan Bobadillo was second for Grandview at 189 pounds, and teammates Adrian Jasso and Greg Gonzalez both earned third-place honors in the 215 and 152 lb. weight classes, respectively.
Sevigny said the jamboree matches lasted one-and-a-half minutes, as opposed to regulation matches that last six minutes.
"Basically it's a chance for the guys to get out there and bang their heads together," Sevigny noted. "To get back into the competitive mode."
The young Grandview squad will put last night's experience to use this weekend as it travels to the White River Classic, held in Buckley.
"Now that the kids have been on the mat they're better prepared," Sevigny observed. "They're exicted to get on the mat at the White River Tourney."
One of Grandview's top returning starters is Fernando Godinez, a fourth-place qualifier at the State 2A tourney last year. Godinez will wrestle at 145 pounds for Grandview this season and will be eligible to compete beginning on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Ephrata Invitational.