Grandview's Birrueta, Torres 2A District champions

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview wrestling team this past Friday and Saturday competed at Districts in Ellensburg.

Earning top honors for the Greyhounds were freshman Marizza Birrueta and Martin Torres, a senior.

Birrueta was the lone girl to qualify for Regionals, which will be at West Valley-Spokane this coming Friday and Saturday.

Wrestling at 100 lbs., she won her first two District matches by decision, overpowering Isabell Perez of Highland and Isabel Nunez of Eisenhower. Nunez was ranked No. 3 in the state.

Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny was pleased with Birrueta's performance at the District tournament, especially because she won Grandview's first-ever girls title.

The championship dual was against Marsha Enriquez of Connell, who was ranked eighth in the state. Birrueta earned the championship title by pin.

For the Greyhound boys, Torres (285 lbs.) had two bouts, the first one was against Brandt Monson of Ephrata. Torres won the match by a 5-0 decision, moving into the championship title match.

The Greyhound battled Bubba Ruiz of Othello and the pair went into overtime before Torres earned a 9-5 decision over the Husky.

Eight other Grandview wrestlers qualified for Regionals as a result of placing in the top seven within their individual weight classes.

David Castaneda and Stevie Rodriguez both earned runner-up honors at the District tournament.

Castaneda, who lost a total of three bouts during the regular season, opened District action in the 126-lb. weight class with a pin against Austin Boob of Selah in 1:24.

The Greyhound advanced and defeated David Freeman of Othello by technical fall (22-7) and decisioned Uriel Heras of the Jackrabbits, 8-6, in overtime to advance to the championship match.

Dillon Dompier of Ellensburg, however, earned the title after winning an 8-6 decision over Castaneda.

In the 120-lb. weight division, Rodriguez commanded the mat with a pin over Peyton Sperl of Prosser in 1:34 in the opening round of action.

Rodriguez advanced and defeated Alec Espinoza of Othello by a 2-0 decision, and Carlos Galvez of Toppenish by an 8-6 decision.

That paved the way for Rodriguez to battle Steven Martinez of Toppenish in the championship dual. The Wildcat, however, prevailed by pin in 1:03 to earn the championship title.

Grandview's Josesiah Saunders earned third place honors in the 138-lb. classification. After sitting through the opening round with a bye, Saunders fell into the consolation bracket due to losing a 4-0 decision to Blake Haberman of Ellensburg.

Saunders recovered to win an 8-3 decision against Quincy's Gary Benitez, and the Greyhound defeated Benny Carter of Ephrata by pin in 2:46 in the consolation finals.

With 4-2 records at the District tourney, Grandview's Juan Tzib (113 lbs.) and Fidel Medina (106 lbs.) earned fourth place honors.

Medina pinned Juan Morales of Toppenish in 2:31, lost a 6-5 decision to Anthony Barrera of Othello, pinned Hunger Bair of Ellensburg in 2:22, won a 10-2 decision against Daniel Juarez of Toppenish, pinned Kyle Anson of Selah in 2:24, and lost the consolation final to Barrera by a 6-2 decision.

Tzib lost the opening bout for his weight class by a 10-4 decision to Eduardo Rodriguez of Wapato, pinned Devyn Stagel of Ephrata in 27 seconds, earned a 3-2 decision against Ephrata's Eli Perez, won a 4-1 decision against Austin Mitchell of East Valley, earned an injury default against Carlos Hernandez of Toppenish and lost the consolation final to A.J. Garza of Othello by a 7-2 decision.

Grandview's A.J. Valenzuela earned fifth place honors in the 170-lb. classification with a 3-2 record at the District tournament. He had two pins and a decision, and lost by pin in two of his matches.

Earning sixth place honors was Eduardo Alcantar in the 145-lb. weight class. The Greyhound had a 2-3 record at Districts.

Teammate Alex Soberanes (132 lbs.) was the last Regional qualifier for Grandview. He earned seventh place honors at Districts with a 2-2 record, and 126-pounder Harley Hurst earned eighth place honors to serve as an alternate to Regionals.

As a team, the Greyhounds earned seventh place honors at Districts with 144 points. Othello won the team title with 287.5 points.

Grandview will this coming Friday travel to the two-day Regional tournament in Spokane.


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