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Castaneda top dog at Ike tourney

YAKIMA - Of Grandview's 11 grapplers, six competed at the Eisenhower Take Down jamboree yesterday.

Three Greyhounds made it into the finals after competing against three competitors each, according to Coach Jeff Sevigny.

Coming out on top of the competition was Grandview's David Castaneda, who wrestles in the 126-lb. weight class.

In the finals, he defeated Granger's Rick Almaguer for top honors.

Sevigny said of the jamboree, "It's the first competition of the season, a learning experience."

He said the coaching staff was able to watch the competition, discerning techniques and moves that need improvement.

"It was nice to get the kids out of practice," said Sevigny.

Earning runner-up honors for Grandview at the jamboree were sophomore Angel Abarca (132 lbs.) and Joesiah Saunders (138 lbs.).

Abarca grappled with Adrian Guerrero in the finals and the pair ended regulation tied 0-0. The final decision was made by a coin toss and Abarca came up short.

Diego Hernandez of Zillah defeated Saunders 2-0 in the finals.

The jamboree included competitors in 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A classifications.

Sevigny said the experience is insightful, providing the grapplers an opportunity to prepare for regular season competition.

Grandview will this coming Saturday travel to Buckley for the White River Invitational.

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