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Grandview advances three wrestlers to tourney quarter-finals

PASCO - After going 2-2 in team competitions on Tuesday night at the Best of the West wrestling tournament in Pasco, the Greyhounds returned Wednesday for individual single-elimination competition.

Grandview wrestlers Marco Gonzalez (130 lbs.), Raul Gamboa (152 lbs.) and Adam Morales (215 lbs.) battled their way to the quarter-finals.

Gonzales defeated Crook County High School's Sam Walker by technical fall (15-0) in the first round of the 130-lb. weight class. He went on to defeat Costa Rodriguez from Hermiston via a 7-1 decision, but Gonzalez was bested by Matt McCallum from Kiona-Benton in the quarter-finals in a 11-0 major decision.

Gamboa pinned his first opponent Wednesday, Justin Christensen from Pasco High School, in 36 seconds. Gamboa's second match against Chris Alvarez from Nampa High School was a 10-6 victory. Jason Jorgensen from Deer Park ended Gamboa's win streak with a pin in 1:46.

In the 215-lb. weight class, Morales came out strong, pinning his first oppenent, Will Kramer from Priest River, in 44 seconds. Morales pinned his second round competitor, Austen Fuller from Prairie High School, in 2:48 seconds, but met his match in the quarter-finals. Kole Braaten from Centralia defeated Morales in a 3-1 decision.

Several Grandview wrestlers bested their first round opponent, but faltered in the second round, including Fidel Medina (103 lbs.), who was defeated by Michael Nguygen from Evergreen by a 2:30 pin; Joesiah Saunders (135 lbs.), who was pinned by Andrew Henderson from Capital in 1:34; Eduardo Alcantar (140 lbs.), who was pinned by Adan Chavez from Toppenish in 58 seconds; Enrique Ochoa (160 lbs.), who was pinned by Tanner Johnson from Riverside in 4:44; and Martin Torres (285 lbs.), who was defeated by Richie Rodriguez from Selah High School 2-1.

Ultimately, the Grandview team score totaled 35.5 points. Centralia walked away with the top score of 142 points.

The Greyhounds are looking to improve their standing when they travel to Hanford Dec. 27-28 for the Hanford Winter Cup.

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