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Grandview pummeled by Wildcats

TOPPENISH - This past Tuesday night marked three losses in a row for the Grandview wrestling team, which seems to have hit a slump since coming off the winter break.

Greyhound Coach Jeff Sevigny said his team has been plagued with injuries, illness and some weight management issues, as well as academic eligibility problems.

"They all seemed to come together at once tonight," Sevigny said following Tuesday's match against Toppenish.

Grandview was only able to fill seven weight classes, giving the Wildcats a great advantage, leading to a 61-6 loss for the Greyhounds.

Just two matches were won by Grandview, and both victories were earned by decision.

Stevie Rodriguez, in the 138-lb. weight class, secured a 5-3 decision over Toppenish's Joey Escobar and 145-pounder Joesiah Saunders won a 6-2 decision over Wildcat Brent Evans.

Grandview's Marizza Birrueta (106 lbs.) lost a 13-7 major decision to Luis Torrez; Viannei Perez of the Greyhounds lost a 7-2 decision to Freddy Cruz at 113 lbs.; and Steven Martinez of Toppenish won by a 3-1 decision over Grandview's Jaron Raymond in the 132-lb. match.

Sevigny said Birrueta fought hard, but it wasn't her best performance.

Perez, he said, "...was in her match until the end."

Toppenish's Josue Rodriguez defeated Lady Greyhound Desiree Zavala in the 126-lb. weight class by way of pin in 4:35.

"Desiree's match was very close until she made one mistake that got her caught on her back," Sevigny said.

The remaining match, at 152-lbs., was won by Wildcat Zach Romero by way of a 9-5 overtime decision. He defeated Grandview's Jose Castilleja.

"I'm very proud of the effort that the seven wrestlers that we put on the mat gave us," Sevigny said.

He said Castilleja's overtime match was tightly contested. In regulation it was a late takedown by the Greyhound that sent Castillweja and Romero into overtime.

Castilleja nearly scored another takedown in sudden death, but came up short.

Sevigny is hoping that the next week, during which Grandview will have a break, will help the team fix some of its issues "...and get our full line-up back on the mat."

Grandview, now 4-3 in CWAC dual meets this season, will next Tuesday, Jan. 22, host East Valley

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