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Lady 'Hounds fifth at 19-team invitational

TACOMA - The Grandview girls wrestling team, all two of them, this past Saturday traveled to the Greater Puget Sound Ladies Invitational at Henry Foss High School, bringing home fifth place team honors and two individual championships.

Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny was pleased that the two girls competing in the tourney fared as well as they did against the 18 other teams.

Mt. Baker won the tournament with 224 points.

The two Lady 'Hounds who trekked to Tacoma include 106-pounder Marizza Birrueta and Desiree Zavala (124 lbs.). Both won the championship title in their respective weight classes.

"Both pinned all three of their opponents," shared Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.

He said neither of the Lady 'Hounds gave up a single point throughout the invitational.

Birrueta "...was once again voted outstanding wrestler...that's her third such award in the last three weeks," Sevigny beamed.

The Lady 'Hound opened the tournament with a bye and pinned Briana Barber of Yelm in 56 seconds in the second round of action.

Birrueta pinned Tristen Williams of Forks in 1:53 in the semi-final bout and Anesia Ramirez of Lincoln was subdued in 3:45 in the title match.

Zavala was just as dominant in all of her matches.

She opened with a bye. In the second round of 124-lb. action, the Lady 'Hound subdued Ferdeza Zekiri of Lincoln in 3:54.

Zavala had a 13-0 advantage before securing the pin.

In semi-final action, the Grandview grappler took a 14-0 lead before getting Jessica Mata of Mt. Baker on her back and securing a pin at the 5:03 mark.

It took Zavala just a minute and 19 seconds in the title match to score a pin over Hanna Holmes of Burlington-Edison to secure first-place honors.

"The girls really wrestled well," said Sevigny.

He said this was a unique opportunity for Birrueta and Zavala since there haven't been a lot of female competitors for them to battle throughout the season.

"They've been facing mostly guys and holding their own," Sevigny noted, stating the Greater Puget Sound Ladies Invitational provided the Lady 'Hounds an opportunity "...to see how well they stacked up against girls in their own divisions and showed what they are capable of."

He said he was impressed with the outcome.

Grandview's wrestlers tonight (Tuesday) return to CWAC league action, hosting East Valley.

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