WAPATO - In its most competitive dual match in several weeks, the Grandview Greyhound wrestling team was tied with host Wapato 30-30 last night before losing the final two matches for a 40-30 CWAC South defeat.
"We got some big wins early and they came back on us," Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny said of Thursday night's regular season finale. "It was a good way to finish the year with so many of our guys back, but it was disappointing to lose it."
The Greyhounds ended CWAC South competition with a record of 1-8.
Grandview had fielded as few as seven and eight wrestlers in recent duals because of illness and eligibility issues. Last night the Greyhounds were missing only one wrestler.
All four of Grandview's head-to-head wins came via pins. The Greyhounds also received six points when the Wolves had to forfeit at 140 lbs.
Santos Guillen did his usual damage for Grandview, pinning Wapato's Jesus Gomez in 4:57 to win the 112-lb. match. "Santos is looking really, really good," Sevigny said.
Grandview's Garrett Walker followed at 135 lbs. with a pin over the Wolves' Kenny Garza in 2:57.
"That was one of the biggest wins of the night," Sevigny said of Walker's victory over Garza, the regional champ in the 135-lb. weight class last season.
At 145 lbs. Eddie Galindo kept Grandview in contention with a pin over Wapato's Jonny Noyola in 1:09.
Grandview's wins on the night were rounded out by Adam Morales at 189 lbs. with a pin of Wapato's Chris Estrada in 4:47.
The Greyhounds had a chance to make things even closer, but lost a tight, high scoring match at 125 lbs. when Grandview's Marco Gonzalez was outpointed 19-16 by Angelo Perea of Wapato.
Gonzalez trailed 10-4 after one period and 17-11 after the second stanza before putting on an intense rally in the third to nearly earn the win.
"We had the kid on the ropes but just ran out of time," Sevigny said. "With time running out we had the kid on his back. If we had another five seconds we probably would have gotten a pin."
Speaking of pins, as last night's match indicated Grandview wrestlers have found success this season in pinning opponents, but the Greyhounds have lacked team depth to make the big scores hold up for team victories.
"We're pinning teams, but we're just short on bodies," Sevigny said.
Grandview now turns its sights towards getting everyone healthy and competing at Districts next Friday and Saturday in Wapato.
With a full slate of wrestlers, Grandview might just raise some eyebrows in the postseason.
"We have some guys that I think will surprise some people at Districts," the coach said.