YAKIMA - For the second straight year, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team has cruised through 3A Columbia Basin Big Nine League action with a perfect undefeated record.
Last night's 54-23 victory over the winless West Valley Rams, which gives the Grizzly grapplers a 7-0 mark in conference play this season, secured the league title for Sunnyside. Pasco finished second in the 3A conference with a 6-1 mark.
The Grizzlies have two non-league matches remaining, against the 4A Eisenhower and Davis squads this coming Saturday, before opening postseason action at the District championships on Feb. 3-4 at Southridge High School.
In besting the Rams on West Valley's mats Thursday night, Sunnyside came away winners in 10 of the 14 bouts.
Of those 10 victories, half came via pins. Scoring the falls for Sunnyside were Homer Romero, Santos Guerrero, David Vidales, Miguel Guzman and Austin Carman.
Romero, at 106 lbs., built an 8-0 lead on Junior Farias before securing a pin late in the second period.
Guerrero, wrestling at 120 lbs., was ahead of Ryan Leman by a 9-3 score before pinning the Ram at the 3:29 mark.
Vidales made short work of Carmen Martin in their 152-lb. bout, pinning the West Valley grappler just a minute and 15 seconds into the match.
Guzman, at 195 lbs., needed just 25 seconds to roll West Valley's Robert Koulp onto his back for the fall.
The fifth pin of the night Sunnyside earned came at 220 lbs., where Austin Carman dusted off last year's 3A District tourney champion, Robert Koch, in a minute and 51 seconds.
The Grizzlies also picked up 12 team points because West Valley couldn't field wrestlers at 126 and 132 lbs.
The three Grizzlies who out-pointed their opponents were Isaac Guerrero at 138 lbs., a 17-2 winner over Keanan Darbason; Sam Romero at 170 lbs., who edged Max King 12-9; and Jesse Barajas at 113 lbs., who bested Lane Bruland 10-2.
West Valley came away with four individual wins. Those victories were secured by 145-pounder Preston Baich, a 3A State tourney placer last season, who pinned Omar Cantu in 3:18; Mark Bradley at 160 lbs., who pinned Ramon Hernandez in 3:53; Darian Taylor at 182 lbs., who rallied from a 4-0 deficit and pinned Dan Avalos at the 1:22 mark; and Justin Wilkins at 285 lbs., who secured a first period pin against Fabian Guerra.