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Little Grapplers win seven titles at Cheney tourney

CHENEY - A small contingent of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers wrestling team, just 20 in all, trekked to Cheney last Saturday to compete in a tournament.

But the 20 youngsters who did make the road trip to Cheney, "...did very well. Fifteen came home with hardware," said Little Grapplers Coach Daniel Guillen, pointing out that having 75 percent of the team earn 'Top 3' finishes exceeded expectations.

Of the 15 Sunnyside youths who trophied, seven snared first-place finishes. The age and weight division champs at the Cheney tourney included Rey Palomarez, Jesse Denson and Carmelo Reyes (5/6-year-olds); Marcos Velasquez (7/8-year-olds); Stephanie Blankenship and Daniel Cardenas (11/12-year-olds); and Silas Jasso (13/14-year-olds).

The lone Sunnyside girl to earn a title in Cheney, Blankenship, wrestled very well, said Guillen. "The poor boys, they didn't know what hit them," he said of her victories against them enroute to winning top honors for her age bracket and weight class.

The Sunnyside team also got five runner-up performances last Saturday. The second-place finishers were Joan Gonzalez (7/8-year-olds); Jesus Carreon (9/10-year-olds); Nathan Davila (11/12-year-olds); and Myles Davila and Raul Macias (13/14-year-olds).

Returning to Sunnyside with third-place trophies were Jayden Jasso (7/8-year-olds), Andrew Macias (9/10-year-olds) and Alfonso Ramos (11/12-year-olds).

"There was a lot of good wrestling this past weekend," said Guillen. "I wrote down all we needed to work on and will hit it hard this week in preparation for this coming weekend...in Grandview this Saturday.

"I know there is going to be some good competition there. There always is here in the Valley. The toughest wrestlers around are here within the neighboring towns.

"We will be ready," Guillen said.

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