PASCO - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team showed marked improvement in a dominating 47-25 victory last night at 4A Pasco.
The Grizzlies won just five of 14 matches in their home opener on Tuesday night, but Thursday night prevailed in nine matches to easily gain the dual match victory.
"It was a reverse of what happened on Tuesday night," said Sunnyside Coach George Paulus. "We wrestled a little stronger, we were more focused."
Sunnyside won five of the first six matches to take control from the get-go.
Adrian Ramirez got things started for the Grizzlies at 189 lbs. with a 14-5 decision over Pasco's Cruz Guzman.
Sunnyside's Danny Almeida (215 lbs.) followed that up with a pin in just six seconds over Jonathan Torrez. "Danny was in the right place at the right time," said Paulus.
Pasco had a spark of hope when Damian Adams outpointed Sunnyside's Adam Peters 6-4. "It was a good match, it just went the other way," Paulus said.
But then the Bulldogs surrendered 12 team points to Sunnyside as Jaime Gonzalez (103 lbs.) and Nathan Gonzalez (112 lbs.) received forfeit wins for the Grizzlies.
Gerardo Villalobos (119 lbs.) kept the winning going for Sunnyside with a pin over Jose Castro in 2:58.
After the Bulldogs' Kevin Young decisioned Sunnyside's Juan Barajas 10-1 in the 125-lb. match, the Grizzlies took the next three matches to ice the contest.
It all started when Sunnyside's David Vidales (130 lbs.) pinned Daniel Lopez in the third round when he was leading 12-0 at the time.
Isidro Ramirez followed with a win for the Grizzlies in the 135-lb. match by pinning Juan Mendez in 1:50.
Sunnyside then won a close match at 140 lbs., when Emmanuel Tejada decisioned Pasco's Jackson Fromman 7-4.
Pasco won the next three matches for a bit of consolation, defeating Sunnyside's Kennedy Sarmiento (145 lbs.), Andy Cantu (152 lbs.) and Daniel Chavez (160 lbs.)
The Grizzlies ended the evening on a positive note when Lupe Mendoza dominated the 171-lb. match by overwhelming Pasco's Raul Sipal in an 11-2 major decision.
Sunnyside returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, when it competes at a tourney in Fife.