ELLENSBURG - The Grandview wrestling team battled back from a double-digit deficit before losing 35-30 to host Ellensburg last night in a CWAC South dual match.
"It was close all the way through," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny. "It came down to the last match of the night."
After the host Bulldogs won the next-to-last match to take a 32-30 lead, the evening came down to the final contest at 215 lbs. between Grandview's Adrian Jasso and Tyler Weyand of Ellensburg.
In a fitting end to a razor-close team match, the final contest had to go into overtime to be decided.
Jasso trailed throughout the match, but got a chance in overtime when he received a point because Weyand was penalized for stalling.
Grandview's hopes faded from there, though, as Weyand prevailed 6-4 in the overtime to give Ellensburg the team victory.
Ironically, the team match looked like it would go Grandview's way from the outset as the Greyhounds' Joe Rodriguez (275) opened the evening with a pin over Ellensburg's Brock Schober, followed by a forfeit win for Grandview's Santos Guillen at 101 lbs.
That vaulted Grandview into a 12-0 lead to start the match, before Ellensburg answered with four consecutive wins to go up 19-12.
The match remained a see-saw contest from there, with Grandview's Dalton Walker pulling his team to within 19-18 by pinning Alex Eastman in the 135-lb. match.
Later, Fernando Godinez earned a pin for Grandview over Keanne Simpson in the 145-lb. match to tie the contest at 24-24.
After Ellensburg went up 27-24 with a decision victory, Grandview won the next two matches to go up 30-27. Sergio Lopez (160) and Jacob Robillard (171) of Grandview won those matches, with Lopez prevailing in a 5-4 decision over Thomas Parmalee and Robillard decisioning Chris Yarwood.
The pair of narrow victories were indicative of the overall match between the two teams.
The close wins also rounded out Grandview's scoring for the night, as Ellensburg won the last two matches for the team victory.
Sevigny said Ellensburg's slight edge came down to experience.
"They had a little more experience in the lighter weights, which has been our struggle all year long," Sevigny said of his team's youth in those weight divisions.
The loss snapped a two-match win streak in CWAC play for Grandview, which is now 3-4 in league dual meet competition.
Grandview only has two duals left for the regular season, at home against Ephrata next Tuesday, Jan. 23, and at Othello next Thursday, Jan. 25.
In preparing for the postseason, Sevigny said of the final two matches, "The postseason is the second season. I hope our wrestlers continue making improvement."
The coach said the athletes on his team have made great strides since the beginning of the season, noting, "As coaches we see their improvements. I'm hoping that they (the wrestlers) are seeing the improvements they've made."