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Greyhounds grapplers taking nine to Regionals

OTHELLO - The Grandview wrestling team will take nine athletes (seven qualifiers and two alternates) to Regionals this weekend following the District tourney held Saturday in Othello.

Fernando Godinez (145) sparked the Greyhounds with a 14-2 romp over Othello's Jack Calvert in the championship match of that weight class. The win not only earned Godinez the CWAC South's top seed at Regionals, but avenged his only loss of the season. Godinez's record now stands at 25-1.

Joe Rodriguez brought home the only other individual title for Grandview, winning the 275-lb. title in triple overtime, 5-1, over Dustin Howard of Toppenish.

Earning second-place honors for Grandview were Sergio Lopez (160) and Jacob Robillard (171).

Lopez lost 4-2 in a two-overtime final to Nathan Bauer of Prosser. Lopez trailed late in the match, then rallied to send it into an overtime session. In the first extra period, Lopez had two opportunities to win the title with takedowns, before Bauer responded to claim the win in the second overtime.

Robillard led his opponent, Quincy's Nick Melbourne, throughout the match before losing a 7-2 lead in the final minute.

"The wheels kind of came off that match," observed Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny. "Jacob gave up seven points in the last minute of the match."

In the 152-lb. weight class, Greg Gonzalez earned fourth-place honors for Grandview, losing 6-5 in the consolation finals to John Borden of Selah. "Greg wrestled really well," Sevigny said of Gonzalez's effort in nearly defeating an opponent that had earlier beaten him twice this season.

Grandview's Dalton Walker (135) brought home a fifth-place finish by pinning Dan Sommers of Quincy.

The Greyhounds' only other qualifier to advance from the District tourney was Storm Shea, who grabbed the seventh, and final Regional berth at 130 lbs. by defeating Quincy's Ryan Roylance, 12-2.

Grandview will take two alternates to Regionals, Santos Guillen (103) and K.C. Flores (189). Both wrestlers finished eighth in their respective weight classes and will travel to Regionals this Friday and Saturday in Ellensburg. They will only compete if a qualifier in their weight classes is unable to wrestle due to not making weight or injury.

Grandview finished with a team score of 165.5 points, good for sixth-place in the 10-team District competition. Ellensburg was the overall District team champion with 253 points, upsetting regular season co-champions Selah and Quincy, who finished in third and fifth places, respectively.

"The league is so competitive this year it's not really a surprise," Sevigny noted of the team finishes.

Looking ahead to Regionals, Sevigny has high hopes.

"The seven guys we have qualified should do well and we hope to get four or five of them to State."

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