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Little Grapplers successful in Zillah

ZILLAH - A baker's dozen returned home to Sunnyside two Saturdays ago with first-place trophies from a wrestling tournament in Zillah.

The Zillah tourney was the kick-off event of the 2010 spring season for the mighty mite grapplers, who range in age from 5 to 14.

The 13 champions are all members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers team, coached by Daniel Guillen.

The first-place winners included Eric Cortes and Noah Lopez in the 5/6-year-old age division; Abraham Arreola, Leslie Ochoa, Jayden Lopez, Juan Macias Jr. and Alan Ochoa in the 7/8-year-old age division; Daniel Cardenas in the 9/10-year-old age division; Makdeep Shergill, Issac Palomino and Jacob Mondoza in the 11/12-year-old age division; and Fidel Medina and Sylvester Rodriguez in the 13/14-year-old age division.

The Sunnyside Little Grapplers also claimed 10 second-place finishes at the tourney. The runners-up included Oscar Alvarez, Andrew Macias and Josh Montelongo (5/6-year-olds); Stephanie Blankenship (7/8-year-olds); Clay Camp, Victor Ochoa Jr. and Guillermo Reyes (9/10-year-olds); Juan Ochoa Jr. (11/12-year-olds); and Jiovani Rodriguez and Noe Palomino (13/14-year-olds).

Third place finishers for the Sunnyside wrestling club included Sylvestre Cortes Jr., Miguel Flores Jr. and Jesus Ledezma (5/6-year-olds); Neives Rangel (7/8-year-olds); Christopher Martin (11/12-year-olds); and Phil Blankenship and Angel Ochoa (13/14-year-olds).

"We took 41 Little Grapplers, 30 of them came home with hardware," said the youngsters' coach, Guillen.

"I'd say this was a very successful day for our Little Grapplers. All wrestled very hard. We are proud of all of them," Guillen added.

The Sunnyside club was scheduled to compete at a tournament in Wapato this past Saturday.

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