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Grizzlies claim four titles at Ike Takedown Jamboree

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside wrestling team opened its season last night, using the Ike Takedown Jamboree to work out some of the cobwebs built up during the off-season.

"We did pretty fair," Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said. "We had four individual champions."

The Grizzlies saw their first four wrestlers go 4-0 and be named champions.

Steven Romero, wrestling at 103 pounds, beat Courtney Malley from Davis High School in his fourth match.

Wrestling for Sunnyside at 112 pounds, Isaac Romero beat Michael Moser of West Valley High School in his last match to go undefeated at the Ike Takedown.

Ricardo Rivera (119 pounds) and J.T. Gonzalez (125 pounds) were the other two champions from Sunnyside. Rivera beat Wally Almagaur of Granger in his last match and Gonzalez beat Rafael Osorio from Toppenish in his final match.

Sunnyside's Eric Mejia (130 pounds), Tomas Pena (135 pounds) and Zeke Galvan (152 pounds) finished last night's action with 3-1 records.

Wrestling for the Grizzlies at 145 pounds, Tony Garcia finished the night at 2-1. He was held out of his final match because of a sore elbow.

"I didn't want to be sorry so I went the safe route," Paulus explained.

Danny Alvarez (140 pounds), Juan Galindo (171 pounds), Danny Almeida (189 pounds), Jose Barajas (215 pounds) and Angelo Salazar (285 pounds) all finished 2-2 for the Grizzlies last night.

"I was pretty pleased with our performance," Paulus said. "The kids that lost matches battled back in their next one."

He said Sunnyside was the only school with four individual champions, adding four schools fielded two champions each.

The Grizzlies will travel to Buckley tomorrow to compete in the White River Tournament, set for Saturday, Dec. 2. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m.

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