TACOMA – Joesiah Saunders remains undefeated on the season with a record of 23-0 after claiming four decisive wins at the Henry Foss Invitational in Tacoma this past Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Grandview grapplers, Saunders was one of the few bright spots at a tourney where the team fought not only their opponents, but also a flu that hit just about the entire team, including the coaches.
“Even though they were under the weather, everyone put out a great effort and we still had some outstanding performances,” said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.
Saunders (145 lbs.) won the championship with a third period pin over Derrick Rongholt of Cascade High School in 4:57.
Viannei Perez (113 lbs.) fought through several nagging injuries to win her first three matches and make it to the finals. Her run of success ended with a 10-5 loss to Gerardo Suarez of Kent Meridian.
At 152 lbs., Brandon Marquez won his first three matches of the tournament as well, but lost 11-8 to eventual champion Decklin Conklin of Curtis High School. In the consolation bracket Marquez bounced back for two more wins to place third.
Desiree Zavala (132 lbs.) finished the tourney one match away from bringing home a medal. Marizza Birrueta (106 lbs.), also fighting the flu, experienced a disappointing loss in the semifinals, then dropped another close match in the consolation bracket final.
Juan Domiguez continues to improve his game in the 285-lb. category. He won his first match of the tournament in overtime before dropping the next two.
“We really couldn’t have asked for more out of these guys and girls, especially since everyone was feeling the effects of being sick,” said Sevigny. “We are just hoping we can get through it and get everyone healthy as quickly as possible.”
Tomorrow night (Tuesday) the Greyhounds host Toppenish.