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Little Grapplers win five titles at G'view invite

GRANDVIEW - Sunnyside's Little Grapplers closed out their regular season last Saturday by coming away with five titles at a wrestling tournament staged in Grandview.

The Sunnyside wrestling club also notched four runner-up finishes and four of its team members returned home with third-place honors.

"There was good competition there, as expected, but our Little Grapplers represented Sunnyside well," said Daniel Guillen, team coach.

The individual titlists for the Little Grapplers at the Grandview invite included Riley Guerrero in the 7/8-year-old division; 9/10-year-old division competitors Abraham Arreola, Alan Ochoa and Guillermo Reyes; as well as Daniel Cardenas, an 11/12-year-old division wrestler.

The tournament runners-up from Sunnyside were Carmelo Reyes (5/6-year-olds), Jesus Carreon (7/8-year-olds), and Victor Ochoa and Noe Ruiz (11/12-year-olds). Placing third from the Little Grapplers in their respective age groups and weight classes were Leonardo Avalos (7/8-year-olds), Juan Macias Jr. and Joseph Pelayo (9/10-year-olds), and Rocky Rangel (11/12-year-olds).

The only competition of the winter season remaining for the young wrestlers is the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament in Spokane this coming weekend, which is considered as the Washington state championship finals.

"This one is the one most of our little guys look forward to," said Guillen. "There will be approximately 2,500 wrestlers there.

"We are hitting the mats hard this week and will be ready to represent our town," the Little Grapplers coach added.

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