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Grizzly grapplers dominate Hanford, Walla Walla

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School wrestling team dominated the competition last night, Thursday, during a double dual meet at Hanford High School.

Sunnyside dispatched the host Falcons 53-18.

Hanford won two of the first three matches, but it was all Sunnyside from there.

Emmanuel Tejada (140 lbs.) earned the first Grizzly win, prevailing 12-10 with a takedown in overtime over Matt Owens.

Andy Cantu (152 lbs.) earned a pin for Sunnyside in defeating Thomas Ruane in 3:39.

Sunnyside lost the next two matches, but got back on the winning track when Adrian Ramirez (189 lbs.) and Danny Almeida (215 lbs.) received forfeits.

Following the forfeit victories, Sunnyside prevailed the rest of the way. Jose Barajas (285 lbs.) recorded a pin for the Grizzlies over Richard Harris in 4:47. Sunnyside's Jaime Gonzalez (103 lbs.) received a forfeit.

Nathan Gonzalez (112 lbs.), Gerardo Villalobos (119 lbs.), Juan Barajas (125 lbs.) and David Vidales (130 lbs.) closed out the match for Sunnyside with victories.

The Grizzlies were equally as dominant against Walla Walla, earning a 54-22 victory.

Walla Walla won two of the first four matches, taking two in a row after Sunnyside's Emmanuel Tejada (140 lbs.) and Miguel Madrigal (145 lbs.) won the first two matches by a 14-5 major decision and a pin, respectively.

Lupe Mendoza (171 lbs.) got Sunnyside back on the winning track with an injury default victory over Nick Larkins in the second round. Mendoza was up 4-0 at the time.

After Walla Walla won the 189-lb. match, Sunnyside won the next five to pull away.

Danny Almeida (215 lbs.) got things started with a pin over Joel McClure in just 32 seconds. Jose Barajas (285 lbs.) was next up and he pinned Quinn Piever in just 83 seconds.

Jaime Gonzalez (103 lbs.) made it three in a row for the Grizzlies with an 8-0 decision over Devin Pellham.

After Sunnyside's Nathan Gonzalez received a forfeit at 112 lbs., Gerardo Villalobos completed the run of five straight victories by winning a 16-0 technical fall in the 119-lb. match.

Walla Walla's last hurrah was a victory in the 125-lb. matches, followed by Sunnyside wins in the last two match by David Vidales (130 lbs.) and Isidro Ramirez (135 lbs.)

The victorious evening was complete for the Grizzlies, as Coach George Paulus noted that Sunnyside's JV wrestlers won 23 of 32 matches. In addition, nine of 10 Sunnyside female wrestlers won their matches.

"It was a pretty good night for the Sunnyside Grizzlies," Paulus said.

Sunnyside travels to Yakima tomorrow, Saturday, to compete in a 24-team wrestling tourney in the SunDome. "The goal is to live through it," he laughed.

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