Five GHS wrestlers fare well at White River Classic

BUCKLEY - Five Greyhounds performed extremely well at this past Saturday's White River Classic.

The Greyhounds earned ninth-place honors overall. Winning the tournament was Enumclaw with 187.5 points.

One Greyhound "...started the season where he left off," according to Grandview Wrestling Coach Jeff Sevigny. David Castaneda, a junior who earned third place honors at State last season, earned runner-up honors in the 126-lb. weight classification at Saturday's tournament.

He won his first match by technical fall over Cole Morrison of Woodinville by a 18-3 decision.

Castaneda earned another decision over Bryce Thompson of White River, 13-4 and moved into the semi-finals.

In that round, the Greyhound pinned Andres Tereza of Highland in 3:55.

"In the finals, David (Castaneda) ran into Colton Tracy of Bonney Lake," said Sevigny.

Tracy, the coach noted, earned runner-up honors at State the past two years.

Sevigny said the match was close early on, but Tracy pulled away late to win the decision.

Third place honors were earned Saturday by Grandview's Diego Castaneda, a freshman, and senior Jaron Raymond.

Castaneda, wrestling at 120 lbs., started his high school career with a quick 27-second pin against Luke Gienger of Curtis.

Castaneda advanced to compete against defending State champion Glenn Robertson of Fife. Castaneda was defeated by an 8-4 decision.

"But, (Castaneda) had several opportunities to take control of the match," said Sevigny.

In the consolation rounds Castaneda bounced back. The Greyhound grappler recorded three consecutive pins over Giuseppe Sabin of Bonney Lake in 2:35, Kaleb Ogburn of Graham Kapowsin in 1:31 and Garrett Jarosz of Enumclaw in 1:51.

Raymond lost his opening match by a 5-3 decision to Curtis Chittenden of Cedarcrest in the 132-lb. weight class.

Sevigny noted Raymond had several opportunities to win the bout, but wasn't able to capitalize on those chances.

The veteran grappler, did however, shake off the rust and made some adjustments to bounce back in the second round of competition.

Raymond won four straight bouts, including a 6-1 decision over Nick Graham of Bonney Lake, a 6-4 decision over Victor Munoz of Yelm, a 13-2 decision over Miguel Negrete of Highland and a "gritty" 2-1 decision over Cristian Hernandez of Eastmont.

Fifth place honors were earned by Grandview's Marizza Birrueta (106 lbs.) and Joesiah Saunders (138 lbs.).

Birrueta had a bye before competing against Isabella Silva of Centralia. Silva was the State runner-up at 100 lbs. last season and Birrueta earned sixth place honors in the same division.

The Lady 'Hound fell behind early in the match, but finished strong with a 7-6 decision over her opponent.

Sevigny believes the match could be a preview of the State finals in February.

Saunders won the first round of competition this past Saturday with a pin in 2:31 over Jared Trelles of Eastmont.

He pinned Adam Romano of Graham Kapowsin in 5:02 in the second round of competition, but fell 8-2 to Caid Caveness of Bonney Lake in the semi-finals.

In the consolation round, Saunders lost a 4-3 decision to Trevor Kurtz of White River.

The Greyhounds will this coming Thursday host Ellensburg to open league competition.


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