ELLENSBURG – The Grandview Greyhounds had four wrestlers make it to the championship finals at the District tourney in Ellensburg this past weekend.
Greyhound Joesiah Saunders, a senior competing in the 138-lb. class, pinned his first opponent after a bye, then scored a major decision in the semifinals, winning 12-1. In the finals he defeated Joey Escobar of Toppenish with a comfortable 8-2 decision.
Grandview’s Fidel Medina (113 lbs.) also started the tourney with a bye before earning a pin in 5:11 against his first opponent. In the semifinals, Medina faced last year’s State tourney runner-up, Alec Lauriano of Othello, and managed a strong 6-0 victory.
In the finals Medina faced the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Hunter Bair of Ellensburg, and won a solid 7-3 decision.
Greyhound Diego Casta-neda (132 lbs.) opened the tourney with a 42-second pin. In his second match he got out to an early 8-0 lead before having to hold off Daniel Juarez of Toppenish for a 14-10 win.
In the semifinals, Castaneda recorded a pin in 3:08 over Daniel Espinoza of Wapato. However, in the finals Castaneda lost in a back-and-forth match to Manny Martinez of Othello by a score of 15-8.
Grandview’s Brandon Marquez (152 lbs.) also came away from the tournament with a second place finish.
Marquez started with a bye in the first round, then pinned his first opponent in 3:29. In the semis he pinned his opponent in 3:48.
In the finals, Marquez fell to the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at 152 lbs., Brent Evans of Toppenish, by a fall in 5:58.
While the Grandview boys were in Ellensburg, the Lady Greyhounds went to the Sub-regional tournament in Richland on Saturday and took away two championships.
Grandview’s Marizza Birrueta (106 lbs.) opened with a bye, then pinned her first opponent in 41 seconds. In the semifinals Birrueta pinned her opponent in 3:36.
Facing No. 3 ranked Tamika Pierce of Richland in the finals, Birrueta won by a comfortable 7-3 decision.
In the 130-lb. class, Lady Greyhound Desiree Zavala opened with a bye before pinning her first opponent in 1:37. She pinned her second opponent in the second period.
In the finals, Zavala wrestled Jesenia Meza of Mabton. She scored a takedown and had Meza on her back but the referee stopped the match because Meza was hurt. Because of injury the match was stopped and Zavala won by injury default.
The third Lady Greyhound wrestler, Viannei Perez, was unable to compete at the Sub-regional tournament because of an injury to her knee suffered from slipping on the snow on Friday.
“The doctor would not clear her to compete so we had to withdraw her from the tournament,” said Coach Jeff Sevigny. “It was such a disappointment for her because of all the hard work she has put in during the past year. Like our other two girls, she was currently ranked No. 1 at her weight.”