Grizzlies end regular season with a sweep

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team ended a 2011-12 perfect regular season with dual match victories over Eisenhower and Davis high schools in Yakima this past Saturday.

Sunnyside romped in both matches, knocking off Davis 55-15 and Ike 48-15.

Against Davis, Sunnyside won the first seven matches, starting with a 15-3 technical fall recorded by Homer Romero (106 lbs.) over the Pirates' Diego Badillo. Sunnyside's Jesse Barajas (113 lbs.) followed with a 10-3 win over Daniel Sandoval. Santos Guerrero (120 lbs.) and Nathan Gonzalez (126 lbs.) continued Sunnyside's momentum with pins in their matches over Alex Ramos and TJ Morehouse, respectively.

Jacob Galindo (132 lbs.) made it three consecutive pins for the Grizzlies when he took down Davis' Hilario Verduzco in 5:15.

After Sunnyside's Isaac Guerrero (138 lbs.) received a forfeit, Omar Cantu (145 lbs.) earned a 3-1 decision over the Pirates' Adam Will.

Davis finally got on the scoreboard when Austin Wagner (152 lbs.) pinned Sunnyside's David Vidales in 3:14. The Pirates then won the next match at 160 lbs., when Jorge Alcala outpointed Sunnyside's Ramon Hernandez, 10-4.

After Sunnyside received a forfeit, the Grizzlies' Daniel Avalos outpointed Davis' Tony Lopez 5-0 in the 182-lb. match. At 195 lbs., Sunnyside's Miguel Guzman scored a pin in 1:26 over David Perez and Austin Carman (220 lbs.) followed for the Grizzlies with an injury default victory over Octavious Trokes. Carman led 5-0 at the time the match was called due to injury.

Miguel Ponce ended the match in the win column for Davis by pinning Sunnyside's Fabian Guerra in just 10 seconds. "He caught him right off the bat and boom he went down," Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said of the finale's quick ending.

Sunnyside continued its domination in the win over Eisenhower as Barajas, Santos Guerrero and Gonzalez opened with three consecutive wins for the Grizzlies.

After the Cadets' Mario Gonzalez won the 132-lb. match, the Grizzlies won back-to-back matches decided in sudden-death overtime. Isaac Guerrero won his match 7-5 in overtime over Ike's Enrique Gudino and Cantu followed with a 12-10 extra session victory over Dakota Kuntz in the 145-lb. match.

"I'd like to see more close matches like that at this time of year," Paulus said. "Coming down to the end of the season the kids are going to face close matches and it's nice to know they can finish. The better competition they have the more the kids have to work. It helps them out."

Ike then enjoyed a run of three straight wins. Eisenhower's Roger Andreade (152 lbs.) scored an 8-4 win over Vidales and in the very next match Ike's John Fowler (160 lbs.) recorded a pin in 5:25 over Hernandez. "Ramon was up 2-1 at the time but the kid put him on his back and pinned him," Paulus said of the contest.

In the 170-lb. match, Ike made it three wins in a row when Edwin Gudino nipped Sam Romero of Sunnyside, 4-3.

It was all Grizzlies from there, as Sunnyside won the final five matches. The run started with Avalos scoring an 11-1 major decision over Chris Cropslin, followed by Guzman recording a pin over Ike's Guillermo Maglous in just 42 seconds.

After Carman pinned Joel Ortega of Ike in 3:50, Guerra received a forfeit. In the final match of the day, Homer Romero scored a win for Sunnyside over Cameron Manjaras in a 15-6 major decision.

Ending the regular season at a perfect 10-0 in dual matches marks the second consecutive year the Grizzlies have run the table in the regular season. "It was nice to finish the season undefeated against all opponents," said Paulus. "We reached a season goal of finishing the regular season undefeated."

The attention now turns to the post-season, as the Grizzlies will wrestle at the CBBN District tourney at Hanford High School starting at 4 p.m. this coming Friday. "We have high expectations going into this weekend," Paulus said. The top five finishers in each weight class at Districts will advance to Regionals the following weekend.


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