EPHRATA – The spring wrestling season for 5 to 14-year-olds got underway last weekend. Not surprisingly, the Sunnyside Little Grapplers came out firing on all cylinders.
Of the 59 youngsters who turned out for Coach Daniel Guillen’s team, all but 10 of them trekked to Ephrata last Saturday for the season-opening tournament.
“We took 49 up to Ephrata, 25 came home with hardware,” said Guillen.
Of the 25 medalists, nine secured championships in their respective age and weight divisions.
“The coaches and I were proud,” said Guillen.
The titlists included Joe Ayala (5/6-year-olds); Jayden Jasso (7/8-year-olds); Jesus Carreon and Noel Guillen (9/10-year-olds); Abraham Arreola (11/12-year-olds); and Jector Ramirez, Carlos Ramirez, Myles Davila and Isaac Guillen (13/14-year-olds).
Six of the nine members of the Sunnyside team who won titles had to defeat a teammate in their championship matches.
“Like always, when you have a big team you run the risk of your own meeting up against each other, which was the case in Ephrata,” said Guillen. “The good thing about it was most of them met in the finals.
“Coaches and I just stepped back and let them go. We don’t coach when they are against their own teammate,” he said.
Sunnyside Little Grapplers who claimed runner-up honors in Ephrata included Marcos Velasquez, Chase Yanez, riley Guerrero and Elijah Reyes (9/10-year-olds); Frankie Magallan, Issac Morales, Jaden Siller and Eddie Davila (11/12-year-olds); and Nathan Davila, Isaac Guillen and Moises Morales (13/14-year-olds).
Five other members of the Sunnyside squad returned home with third-place medals. They included Rachel Talamantes, Samuel Blankenship and Julian Gonzalez (5/6-year-olds); Leonardo Avalos (9/10-year-olds); and Jorge Gonzalez (11/12-year-olds).
The Sunnyside Little Grapplers are scheduled to compete at a tournament at Hanford High School in Richland this coming Saturday.