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Grizzlies even league record at 1-1

KENNEWICK - Coming off a league opening loss to Southridge last week, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team took revenge against Kamiakin last night, beating the Braves 51-12 to even its league record at 1-1.

The Grizzlies dominated the meet, winning 11 of the 14 matches they wrestled.

"It was a good overall performance," Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said. "We wrestled really strong. Even the three matches we lost we were competitive in."

Wrestling at 112 pounds, Sunnyside's Isaac Romero improved his record to 20-0 on the season with a major decision over Sedale Garcia.

"Garcia was good at blocking out on the ground so we made it a takedown match," Paulus explained.

Romero put Garcia on his back several times on his way to the 13-4 victory.

At 119 pounds, Ricardo Rivera gave Sunnyside a 10-0 lead when he pinned Jared Kostman in 1:51. Rivera improved his record to 13-3 on the season.

J.T. Gonzalez (18-2) pinned Daniel McAloon in 3:22. The 125-pounder had an easy time against McAloon, building an 11-0 lead before getting the pin.

"He was pretty much hammering him," Paulus said.

Eric Mejia (130 lbs.) increased Sunnyside's lead to 20-0 with an 11-2 major decision against Daniel Cooley.

In the 135-lb. weight class, Sunnyside's Tomas Pena barely missed a technical fall against David Bircher. Pena won the match 17-5.

In one of the closest matches of the evening, Sunnyside's Baltazar Avalos beat Vincent Walker 7-6.

"It was a battle," Paulus recalled. "Baltazar would get a takedown and then the kid would escape."

Avalos scored on an escape with 18 seconds left and then was able to fend off a takedown attempt by Walker to win the match.

Kamiakin finally got on the scoreboard when Treston Deavers pinned Sunnyside's Danny Alvarez in 3:45. Deavers was ahead 7-1 at the time of the pin.

Zeke Galvan (152 lbs.) followed in a close match against Kamiakin's Levi Van Skeenkist, beating him 9-8.

In the 160-lb. weight class, Sunnyside's Jesus Mendoza lost to Matt Perkins in overtime.

"Jesus almost had a takedown before the match ended," Paulus said. "He couldn't quite get it."

Mendoza was taken down in overtime and lost 7-5.

Sunnyside then scored two straight pins. Juan Galindo (171 lbs.) pinned Kamiakin's Chris Puzycki in 2:36. In the next match Sunnyside's Danny Almeida was up 7-2 over Leo Castellano before pinning him in 4:56.

In the 215-lb. weight class, it took Sunnyside's Jose Barajas three overtime periods to beat Alex Arent 3-2.

Angelo Salazar (285 lbs.) wasn't so lucky in the next match. The big heavyweight lost in overtime to Kamiakin's Kyle Sutphin 3-1.

In the final match Steven Romero improved his record to 18-3 when he pinned Kamiakin's Justin Yoke in 2:22. Romero was up 4-0 when he got the pin.

"It was a good, solid performance all the way through," Paulus said. "Hopefully we get that kind of effort tomorrow night."

Sunnyside will host the Hanford Falcons Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

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