Of the 46 wrestlers this year on the Sunnyside Little Grapplers squad, 37 wrestled this past weekend at a tournament staged in Sunnyside. A total of 23 of the 37 grapplers placed in the top three of their respective age divisions and weight classes..
Here are the results of the 16 team tournament held here in Sunnyside last weekend.
Individual champions from the Little Grapplers team included Rey Palomarez and Jesse Denson (5/6-year-olds); Jayden Jasso, Isaiah Macias and Marcos Velasquez (7/8-year-olds); Ignacio Payan (9/10-year-olds); Jector Ramirez, Carlos Ramirez and Alfonso Ramos (11/12-year-olds); and Silas Jasso (13/14-year-olds).
Little Grapplers earning runner-up honors at the Sunnyside tourney included Joshua Ruiz (7/8-year-olds), Riley Guerrero (9/10-year-olds), Abraham Arreola (11/12-year-olds) and Myles Davila (13/14-year-olds).
A total of nine youngsters from the local squad walked away with third-place finishes last weekend. They included Carmelo Reyes (5/6-year-olds); Abraham Velasquez, Anthoney Rangel and Anthony Estrella (7/8-year-olds); Leonardo Avalos, Jesus Carreon and Juan Macias Jr. (9/10-year-olds); Stephanie Blankenship (11/12-year-olds); and Noe Ruiz (11/12-year-olds).
"A few heart breakers and a few surprises, but overall Sunnyside was represented very well," said Little Grapplers Coach Daniel Guillen.
"Next for us is Cheney this coming weekend. I'm expecting only 20 to attend this one, due to the distance we are traveling.
"More would be great," Guillen added. "But I'm confident we will do well over there.
"Just hope my Little Grapplers are all healthy. A lot of these kids have been sick and have been out for several days. We seem to be passing it around. True teammates! They even share the bug/virus going around," Guillen continued.