On a roll since a Dec. 9 loss at Wenatchee, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team picked up its seventh straight win last night with a 43-22 shellacking of the Southridge High School Suns.
"It was kind of anti-climatic," Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said. "Southridge gave up four forfeits and anytime you start out with 24 points the results aren't surprising."
Pat Russell got the Suns going to start the meet in the 152-lb. weight class when he scored a 10-2 major decision against Sunnyside's Jaime Garcia.
In the 160-lb. match David Huizar received Sunnyside's first forfeit of the meet, which gave the Grizzlies a 6-4 lead.
Ryan Downs (171 lbs.) then beat Sunnyside's Ricardo Mendoza 7-2 and Southridge regained the lead 7-6.
Sunnyside's Adrian Ramirez (189 lbs.) continued the see-saw battle when he scored a 17-4 major decision against Mac Maher to give the Grizzlies a 10-7 lead.
The Suns would grab the lead back in the 215-lb. match when Southridge's Michael Flores pinned Frankie Ochoa in 1:24. Then Southridge's Grant Robinson (285 lbs.) extended the Suns' lead to 19-10 when he pinned Jorge Chavez in 2:21.
The Grizzlies then reeled off three straight wins starting with the 103-lb. weight class.
Sunnyside's Christian Reyes received a forfeit. At 112 lbs. Sunnyside's Steven Romero scored a technical fall against Jacob Morton by a score of 16-0. After that, Sunnyside's David Vidales (119 lbs.) received the Grizzlies' third forfeit and Sunnyside led 27-19.
Alex Nunez (125 lbs.) gave Southridge its last win of the night when he scored a 6-2 decision against Juan Barajas.
The last four matches belonged to Sunnyside.
At 130 lbs. Sunnyside's Nick Martinez beat Alex Gorham 4-0. That was followed by Sunnyside's Shawn Olivarez scoring a 13-3 major decision against Will McNamara. In the 140-lb. weight class Sunnyside's Baltazar Avalos scored a 2-0 decision against Chase Ratchford, and Sunnyside's Leroy Rodelo (145 lbs.) received a forfeit in the last match of the night.
Sunnyside (3-1, 7-1) will travel to Hoquiam today to participate in a wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Grizzlies will get back into league action next Thursday, Jan. 22, when Sunnyside travels to take on the Kennewick Lions.