Nine Little Grapplers bring home championships

WAPATO - Of the 39 members of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers who trekked to Wapato for a tournament last Saturday, nine of the wrestlers brought home first-place trophies.

The Sunnyside youth wrestling club, under the direction of Daniel Guillen, also recorded nine runner-up finishes and had eight youngsters earn third-place awards.

"Twenty-six of the 39 came home with hardware...still an awesome job in my book," said Guillen. "We represented Sunnyside well.

"Should have been more champions, but three or four of our usual champions were not there due to basketball games or prior commitments, but that's OK. Overall, it was another successful tournament for the Little Grapplers," Guillen added.

The nine individual titlists for the Sunnyside club included Eric Cortes, Noah Lopez and Andrew Macias in the 5/6-year-old age division; Abraham Arreola Jr. and Stephanie Blankenship in the 7/8-year-old age division; Issac Palomino and Makdeep Shergill in the 11/12-year-old age division; and Angel Ochoa and Fidel Medina Jr. in the 13/14-year-old age division.

Second-place finishers at the Wapato tourney representing the Sunnyside wrestling club included Oscar Alvarez, Jesus Ledezma, Josh Montelongo and Elija Reyes (5/6-year-olds); Alan Ochoa and Guillermo Reyes (7/8-year-olds); Clay Camp (9/10-year-olds); Juan Ochoa Jr. (11/12-year-olds); and Noe Palomino (13/14-year-olds).

Sunnyside youngsters walking away with a third-place medal included Silvestre Cortes Jr. and Miguel Flores (5/6-year-olds); Jayden Lopez (7/8-year-olds); Desmond Rodriguez (11/12-year-olds); and Jason Franklin, Phil Blankenship, Jiovoni Rodriguez and Sylvester Rodriguez (13/14-year-olds).

The Little Grapplers are scheduled to compete at a tournament in Mattawa this coming Saturday.


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