The Grizzly wrestlers made the most of their home finale last Saturday by thumping Richland 49-22 and Prosser 77-6 in non-league double-dual action.
Against the Bombers, Sunnyside started the match by sandwiching three victories around three forfeits to open with an overwhelming 34-0 advantage.
Helping the Grizzlies to that fast start was Jacob Mendoza with a 13-1 major decision at 106 lbs. over Richland’s Chase Wilson.
Jesse Barajas (120 lbs.) followed after Richland’s third forfeit and delivered a pin in just 1:01 over Gunner Gibbon.
Homer Romero (126 lbs.) wrapped up Sunnyside’s opening surge with a pin in 1:07 over Anthony Lovato.
The Bombers tried to make things interesting by winning five of the next six matches. Richland’s run was interrupted by Sunnyside’s J.J. Rodriguez at 138 lbs. with a 5-3 decision over William McDonald.
Sunnyside wrapped up the match with two victories. Daniel Avalos (182 lbs.) delivered a pin in 2:18 over Richland’s Robert Tumanyan and Isaac Palomino ended the contest at 195 lbs. with a pin in 1:33 over Forest Howald.
Sunnyside had an even easier time of things against the Mustangs, who fielded a line-up of just eight wrestlers.
In between a multitude of forfeits, the Grizzlies easily held sway over Prosser.
Xavier Cortez (285 lbs.) got things started for Sunnyside with a pin in 4:03 over Gustavo Chavez.
Up next at 106 lbs. was Mendoza, who pinned Alan Moyer in 1:48.
Jesse Torres (113 lbs.) earned a lopsided, 17-0 technical fall over Prosser’s Leo Gonzalez.
After Prosser surrendered two forfeits, the Mustangs had their only success at 132 lbs., where Bobby Flores recorded a pin in 1:02 over Jesus Huitron.
Rodriguez followed with a pin in 3:09 over Payton Sperl, and Sunnyside’s Jacob Galindo followed with another pin in 2:45 over Pablo Mendoza.
Prosser then forfeited the remainder of the matches from 152 to 220 lbs.
Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said one side benefit of all the forfeits last Saturday is that it gave several of his wrestlers time to heal.
“Because of that we could be conservative,” he said.
As a result, Paulus says Sunnyside should be at full strength for this coming Thursday’s dual meet season finale at Wenatchee.
In other action last Saturday, the Grizzly JV wrestling squad won the Mabton invite team championship.