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Four Grandview grapplers earn top honors at Ike Takedown

YAKIMA - Two girls and two boys from the Grandview High School wrestling team toppled the opposition this past Tuesday at the Eisenhower Takedown Jamboree.

Weighing in at 106-lbs., Grandview sophomore Marizza Birrueta went 3-0 during the jamboree. The sixth place finisher at the 2A State meet last season dominated her weight class this past Tuesday to earn championship honors.

Fellow GHS grappler Desiree Zavala is a freshman and she also took down the competition at the jamboree, earning top honors after defeating three opponents in the 132-lb. weight class.

For the boys, it was 126-lb. grappler Diego Castaneda, a freshman, and junior David Castaneda (132 lbs.) that each earned championship honors for Grandview. The duo each had a 3-0 record at the jamboree.

Third place honors at the event were earned by fellow Greyhounds Jaron Raymond (132 lbs.), Joesiah Saunders (138 lbs.), Jose Castilleja (145 lbs.) and A.J. Valenzuela (182 lbs.). The four each compiled 3-1 records at the jamboree. Saunders' only loss was a 0-0 tie with the winner, decided by the flip of a coin, according to Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.

He said, "Overall we had a pretty positive experience at the jamboree."

Sevigny believes the main concern for such an event is to provide the grapplers with experience and mat time.

"It's their (the wrestlers) first priority to get real live competition outside of practice," said the coach.

He continued, stating a jamboree gives the competitors an opportunity to try techniques learned during practice and to figure out how to improve upon the strategies for executing various moves.

Grandview will tomorrow (Saturday) compete at the White River invite in Buckley.

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