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Grizzly grapplers romp at Ike

YAKIMA - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team won its fifth consecutive dual meet last night when it defeated both 3A West Valley and 4A Eisenhower at Ike.

Sunnyside was dominant in both matches Thursday night, starting with a 61-9 spanking of West Valley. The Grizzlies won the first 11 matches against the Rams and never looked back.

At 103 lbs., Nathan Gonzalez prevailed for Sunnyside by a technical fall over West Valley's McKay Pernam.

Gerardo Villalobos (112 lbs.) followed for the Grizzlies by pinning Ryan Leman and Daniel Guillen made it three in a row for the Grizzlies by pinning Eli Chance in the 119-lb. match.

Sunnyside's David Vidales (125 lbs.) decisioned Daniel Stei 10-8 in overtime and teammate Emmanuel Tejeda (130 lbs.) decisioned West Valley's J.C. Elmich 12-4.

Isidro Ramirez (135 lbs.) of Sunnyside pinned Jeff Abhold in 32 seconds, and Miguel Madrigal (140 lbs.) followed by pinning West Valley's Paul Hillman.

Sunnyside kept the winning ways going at 145 lbs. when Andy Cantu outpointed Jared Wilson 14-2. Caleb Gomez (152 lbs.) prevailed for the Grizzlies 5-3 in overtime against Cody Bruland.

Ryan Hernandez (160 lbs.) and Lupe Mendoza (171 lbs.) wrapped up the 11-match win streak by easily defeating their respective opponents.

The only spark for West Valley came in the 189-lb. weight class, when the Rams' Dylan Foster pinned Alex Isiordia. West Valley's only other win came in the next match when Kevin Madsen (215 lbs.) defeated Sunnyside's Danny Almeida 3-1.

Jose Barajas (285 lbs.) ended the match much as it began for Sunnyside, with a victory. Barajas pinned West Valley's Adam Presnell.

Grizzly Coach George Paulus said every match against West Valley was crucial in terms of determining seeding in the postseason.

"To win 12 of 14 is very important for seeding in the subregional bracket," he said.

Sunnyside was also dominant against Ike, winning the first four matches on the way to a 52-22 victory.

Villalobos (112 lbs.) of Sunnyside opened by pinning Jesse Martinez in 5:33.

Guillen (119 lbs.) followed with a 10-0 major decision over Dylan Mendoza. Guillen, a freshman, was competing in his first varsity matches.

Tejeda rolled in the 130-lb. match by defeating Ike's Paul Martinez 16-5. Ramirez (135 lbs.) kept things going for Sunnyside by pinning Michael Saddadin in 1:03.

Ike's first win of the match came at 140 lbs., when Roger Andrade pinned Madrigal in 3:32.

Cantu (145 lbs.) followed for Sunnyside by pinning Enrique Gudino in 4:23.

The Cadets answered in the 152-lb. match when Humberto Acevedo pinned Gomez in 4:31.

After Hernandez (160 lbs.) decisioned David Gonzales 6-3, Ike's Jesus Valencia (171 lbs.) pinned Mendoza in 5:47. The Cadets then earned a second consecutive victory when Dustin Martin decisioned Isiordia (189 lbs.).

Sunnyside closed out the match with a pair of wins, though. Almeida (215 lbs.) pinned Ike's Raul Martinez in 56 seconds to avenge a loss earlier this season, and Barajas (285 lbs.) pinned Jacob Herr in just 45 seconds.

Despite the lopsided team victories, there were some close contests in the two matches. Paulus said Sunnyside's conditioning made the difference.

"We had more to offer in the last round," he said.

Sunnyside doesn't return to the mat until next Tuesday at Davis.

Paulus has given his wrestlers tomorrow off, but he said there's work that awaits in the days to come to prepare for the postseason.

That includes a few of his wrestlers shedding some pounds to meet weight.

"Some of the kids are having trouble keeping their weight where it should be," he said. "We're trying to break that pattern. It's all about preparing your body for competition to be on top of your game.

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