YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School wrestling squad traveled to Yakima yesterday to compete in the Ike Takedown Jamboree and even though the team didn't feature all its varsity wrestlers, the Grizzlies still walked away with two championships and seven second-place finishes.
Josh Romero, a State tourney qualifier last season, took first place honors in the 135-lb. weight class with a 3-0 record.
"He's looking real good," Sunnyside Assistant Coach Ralph Mendoza said of Romero. "It's still early and he will be able to sharpen up his skills and technique."
Baltazar Avalos took home the other takedown championship for the Grizzlies with a 3-0 record.
The onslaught of second place finishes started with Christian Reyes (103 lbs.), who went 3-1 at the jamboree.
He was followed by Rigo Valdez (119 lbs.), freshman Isidro Ramirez (125 lbs.) and Isaac Guerrero (130 lbs.) with second place finishes as well.
In the 152-lb. weight class Sunnyside's Leroy Rodelo also finished in second place with a 2-1 record. He lost to Zillah's Chris Castillo, who won a 1A State title last season.
Caleb Gomez (160 lbs.) and Adrian Ramirez (215 lbs.) rounded out the second place finishes for Sunnyside.
Adam Peters, at 275-lbs., took third place honors for the Grizzlies with a 2-2 record.
Four Sunnyside wrestlers did not place.
"There are several things we still need to work on," Mendoza said. "In some weights they were not as aggressive as we would like them to be. We need more mat time, which comes with more practice."
Mendoza added that not all his wrestlers are at their grappling weight and the team will have to make some time allowances before the adjustments can be made.
Sunnyside will next compete at the White River tourney in Buckley this coming Friday and Saturday.