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Grandview grapplers maul Ephrata Tigers

EPHRATA - The Grandview wrestling team last night defeated host Ephrata 50-22, improving the Greyhounds' league record to 4-0.

The Tigers won the first four matches against Grandview, two of those matches were handed to Ephrata because the Greyhounds didn't have any grapplers in the 182 or 220-lb. weight classes.

The first bout was between Dalton Balantine and Grandview's A.J. Valenzuela (170 lbs.). Valenzuela lost a major 14-5 decision to the Tiger.

Greyhound Adrian Magana was the second member of his team to fall to Ephrata. He suffered a pin in 3:44 in the 195-lb. match.

However, Grandview didn't roll over for the Tigers. The team won the remaining 10 bouts, five by pin.

Kory Kollmar of the 'Hounds picked up the first pin in 3:56, defeating Paul Paleyo in the 285-lb. bout. It was Kollmar's first league win of the season.

The next match went to Grandview's Marizza Birrueta (106 lbs.) by forfeit, and Lady 'Hound Viannei Perez earned a 3-2 decision over Miguel Rodriguez in 113-lb. action.

Perez narrowly won that match, trailing 2-0 at the end of the first period. She scored an escape at the end of the second period and a takedown in the final three minutes.

"She controlled her opponent for the remainder of the round to pull out the win," said Coach Jeff Sevigny.

In the 120-lb. bout Fidel Medina of Grandview saw his first action of the season. He picked up a technical fall (19-0) over Ephrata's Carlos Flores.

The next match was between Greyhound Diego Castaneda (126 lbs.) and Eli Perez of the Tigers. Castaneda won a 6-0 decision over his opponent.

Castaneda's older brother, David, secured a pin in 1:28 over Devin Stargel in the 132-lb. weight classification.

The next two bouts were won by Jaron Raymond and Joesiah Saunders, respectively. Raymond pinned Dillon Heer in 39 seconds in the 138-lb. weight class and Saunders (145 lbs.) took 1:30 to get Dalton Johnson on his back.

Jose Castilleja of the 'Hounds pinned Ephrata's Bryce Unruh in the 152-lb. bout, and teammate Eduardo Alcantar (160 lbs.) defeated Benny Carter of the Tigers by a 12-5 decision.

Grandview has a week off before traveling to Reno, Nev. for the Sierra-Nevada Invitational on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27-28.

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