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Sunnyside Lil Guys end successful wrestling season

SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Lil Guys wrestling team ended what has been a successful season at the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament in Spokane.

Last weekend 27 members of the team competed in the statewide tournament. Four Lil Guys earned championship honors, 11 grapplers earned runner-up honors, third place honors were earned by three teammates and fourth place honors went to four more Lil Guys.

Samuel Gonzalez, 5, earned his fifth championship medal of the season in Spokane. So too did teammate Jeydian Salazar, 7. Isaiah Gonzalez, 11, also brought home his fifth championship after competing in Spokane. The trio each lost just one match throughout the season.

That's according to Lil Guys Coach Juan Gonzalez, who was one of three coaches for the team. The other coaches included Bavidilio Campos and Jason Villanueva.

Championship honors were also earned last weekend by Jaden Siller, 9.

The team's only female competitor, 7-year-old Elissa Hill, earned runner-up honors at the tournament.

Also earning runner-up honors were 6-year-olds D'Angelo Garcia, Raphael Guerrero and Stephen Maltos; 7-year-olds Dakotah Lewis, Santi Lopez and Carlos Ramos; 9-year-old Angel Nieto; 10-year-olds Isaiah Lopez and Clayton Robert; and Allen Moyer, 14.

Earning third place honors in Spokane were club members Jayden Jasso, 6; E.J. Villanueva, 7; and Elijah Lopez, 8.

Fourth place honors were earned by Jayden Lopez, 5; Joseph Uvalle, 8; Deangelo Hernandez, 9; and Jaden Villalobos, 10.

Other teammates participating in the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament were 5-year-old Christopher Villanueva, 7-year-old Michael Castro, 9-year-old Michael Michel, 10-year-old Julian Michel and 12-year-old Anthony Moyer.

"The tournament included more than 1,300 competitors, making it the largest one-day tournament ever," said Gonzalez.

He said representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were present to document the competition, which will be recorded in the world-known record book.

"It was a great season," said Gonzalez, adding the tournament was the culmination of hard work and dedication to the sport of wrestling.

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