RICHLAND - In spite of only fielding six competitors yesterday at the Hanford Winter Cup Wrestling Invitational, the Greyhound grapplers came home with ninth place honors.
There were a total of 18 teams competing in the annual event and the 'Hounds earned 75 team points with four grapplers finishing in the top five of their respective weight classes.
Fidel Medina won the 106-lb. championship match. In the opening bout he had a bye. He won the next three bouts by pin to dominate the weight class. Medina advanced to the finals and pinned Cameron Manjarrez of Eisenhower in 1:49.
"Fidel really looked good," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.
The coach is especially pleased the path to the championship for Medina improves the grappler's season record to 11-1 with eight consecutive victories between the Best of the West tourney and yesterday's invite.
In the 126-lb. brackets Grandview's David Castaneda also made it to the finals for a championship victory. The 'Hound improved his record to 17-2 on the season with four consecutive wins.
Castaneda opened the invite with a pin in 32 seconds. He won the next two bouts by 9-2 and 16-3 decisions before overpowering Justin Webb of Richland. Castaneda won the championship bout by a 14-7 decision.
"David continues to get better with each match," said Sevigny, who has been pleased with Castaneda's season.
Joesiah Saunders (138 lbs.), too, did well at the Hanford Cup yesterday. He earned third place honors.
The Greyhound "hit a snag in his first match of the tournament," said Sevigny, stating Saunders lost the opening bout to Enrique Gudino of Eisenhower by an 11-3 decision.
"It seemed that Joesiah made just about every mistake possible in that match," said the coach, stating, "It was uncharacteristic of him."
After suffering the loss, Saunders recovered and "ran off" with four straight victories to earn third place honors in his weight class. He won by pin in 40 seconds, a 12-0 decision, a 33-second pin and a pin in 3:56.
Earning fifth place honors in the 132-lb. weight division was Grandview's Alex Soberanes. He lost his opening bout to Alex Rockstrom of East Valley-Spokane before winning three consecutive matches. He defeated the competition by a 12-0 decision in two consecutive bouts. The third win was a 4-2 decision.
Soberanes' final bout was against Daniel Montoya of Interlake. Montoya overpowered the 'Hound and won by pin in 2:54.
Grandview's lone Lady 'Hound on the mat was Marizza Birrueta, who competed in the 106-lb. weight class. She came within a match of placing.
Sevigny said she wrestled well with two pins. Her record for the day was 2-2.
Juan Tzib (120 lbs.) was another bright spot for the Greyhounds, according to Sevigny. The Greyhound also had a 2-2 record at the Hanford Cup and was within a win of placing. Both Tzib's victories were earned by decision (16-2 and 6-5).
Grandview returns to the mat at Prosser on Thursday, Jan. 5.