YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team took control from the outset and never let up in a 55-12 CBBN victory at Davis last night.
The Pirates had to forfeit three matches Thursday night and could only muster three victories in 11 head-to-head contests against the Grizzlies.
Sunnyside jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead after receiving a forfeit to open the match, followed by Andy Gomez’s 5-1 decision for Sunnyside over Davis’ John Cyr in the 152-lb. weight class.
After the Pirates recorded a pin to make it a 9-6 score, the Grizzlies reeled off three pins and a forfeit to put the match
The pivotal run started when Sunnyside’s Eric Silva (170 lbs.) pinned Chris Guizar in 1:36. Following the second Pirate forfeit, the Grizzlies earned back-to-back pins recorded by Danny Avalos (195 lbs.) and Victor Ramos (220 lbs.).
Following a second Davis victory, Sunnyside again took control. It started with Elias Romero (106 lbs.) earning a pin in 5:40 over Davis’ Daniel Aguilera. Next up was Sunnyside’s Jacob Mendoza (113 lbs.), earning a 5-2 decision over Ramiro Ortiz.
Sunnyside’s momentum continued in the 120-lb. match, where Homer Romero dominated in a 15-1 major decision over Uriel Acevedo of Davis.
The match wrapped up with Davis surrendering a forfeit at 126 lbs., earning a victory at 132 lbs. and, in the 140-lb. finale, Sunnyside’s J.J. Rodriguez prevailed 8-3 over Kevin Diaz.
Sunnyside was in control throughout despite missing five starters who were out with injuries. Grizzly Coach George Paulus says the injured grapplers won’t be available for the Ellensburg tourney set for tomorrow, Saturday.
“We’re far under strength,” Paulus said. “We’ll go up, get some experience and take what we can get.”