RICHLAND – Greyhound Joe-siah Saunders earned the 152-lb. championship while Grandview’s Marizza Birrueta, Viannei Perez and Desiree Zavala all went undefeated in the 2013 Hanford Winter Cup last Friday.
Saunders opened his day with a bye, then had three wins in a row to earn the 152-lb. title.
In the quarterfinals Saunders cruised to a 24-8 victory over Justin Herbruger of Highline. In the semi-finals he faced a tough Chiawana opponent, Masen Brown. The two tied in the first period, 2-2, but Saunders went on to record a 9-2 decision.
In the championship match against Christian Aragon of Decatur, Saunders again found himself tied... this time after two periods. But in the third period Saunders came back with a near fall and a quick reversal to earn the 6-1 victory.
Grandview’s Stevie Rodriguez (145 lbs.) had mixed results at the tourney. He started with a loss in the quarterfinals to Keoni Aparis of Decatur.
“Stevie was in total control of the match with a 9-4 lead going into the third period,” said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny. “But at some point he got out of position and Aparis caught him in a pinning combination.”
Rodriguez later beat Cedar Deja of Kamiakin by pin after leading the match 12-2.
On the other side of the mat, the Grandview girls continued to show why they are ranked as the top girls in the state with impressive performances against strong opponents.
Birrueta (112 lbs.) started her day with a 22-second pin of Amanda Yanez of Sunnyside. She then took a 5-3 decision from Tamika Pierce of Richland.
Perez (118 lbs.) opened with a 5-2 win over Makayla Grimm of Burbank.
“Viannei didn’t wrestle her best but was still able to control the match to record the win,” said Sevigny.
In her second match, Perez beat Tori Zambrano of Othello by a score of 6-0, staying in control the entire way.
Her third victory was against Danielle Gibson of Pasco. Perez scored a technical fall, 15-0.
Zavala (137 lbs.) was also undefeated as she made her first appearance on the mat this season. In her first match she scored a pin in 2:25. She followed it up with a two-minute pin, then pinned her opponent in the final match in four minutes.
Grandview will next host West Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 7.