OTHELLO - Grandview wrestler Yoni Causor lost a 15-0 technical fall decision at 140 pounds to wrap up a dual CWAC South match at Othello last night.
But it was a welcome sight to his coach, Jeff Sevigny, as the Grandview wrestling team held on for a 35-34 win over the Huskies.
It marked the third consecutive match for Grandview decided in the last bout.
"All we needed was for Yoni to not get pinned in order to win," said Sevigny. Though he struggled against his Othello opponent, Causor did just that in avoiding a pin that would have left the match tied at 35-all.
The stage was set for Causor's heroics, as Grandview was clinging to a 32-29 lead heading into the next-to-last match of the night. The Greyhounds' Dalton Walker decisioned Ray Melo 8-2 in the 135-lb. match, though, to make it a 35-29 advantage heading into Causor's bout.
Also scoring team points for Grandview were Greg Gonzalez (152) with a pin over Tyson Alvarez, and Sergio Lopez (160), who pinned Othello's Lukas Vetter.
At 171 lbs., Jacob Robillard of Grandview pinned Billy Duke.
Grandview's Ray Cantu (189) decisioned Justin Lynch 16-1, while teammate Joe Rodriguez (285) defeated one of the state's top heavyweights, Michael Carmona, by a score of 8-2 to help the Greyhound cause.
In what proved to be a turning point in the match, Grandview's Silvestre Dimas (119) rallied from a 12-0 deficit to pin Nicoh Montemayor of Othello.
The narrow team victory was Grandview's second in a row, having beaten Ephrata by a 36-34 score this past Tuesday. The Greyhounds won four of their last five matches to end league competition with a 5-4 record.
"We're making them exciting," Sevigny chuckled of his team's string of nail-biters. "But it's good for us because the kids are getting use to pressure. That's what the postseason is all about, wrestling tough matches."
Sevigny observed this is the most balanced the CWAC has been in years, making the District meet a wide open competition.
Before districts, set for the weekend of Feb. 2-3 in Othello, Grandview will host a JV qualifier this Saturday in which the top six finishers in each weight class will fill out the District field.