As of Monday, January 12, 2015
KENT - You get one chance to make a first impression…and Sunnyside offered a pretty powerful one with a dominant effort in its first-ever appearance at the Dick Pruett Invite last Saturday.
The Grizzly wrestling team bested the field of 19 schools at the Kent-Meridian High School tourney with a mark of 217.5 points for top honors.
Mt. Tahoma was second with 191 points and Todd Beamer followed in third place at 161.5 points.
For Sunnyside’s it’s the fourth tourney title this season in five weekend outings.
A total of six Grizzlies reached the championship finals of their respective weight classes, with three bringing home first-place hardware.
At 106 lbs., Elias Romero was dominant for Sunnyside in pinning all of his opponents, including Mt. Tahoma’s Izzy Murrietta in the championship bout.
Josiah Rodriguez (126 lbs.) battled all the way up from a seventh seed to take first-place honors with a 6-0 victory over Todd Beamer’s Jordan Rhodes. “Hopefully Josiah will finally get some respect,” said Sunnyside Coach George Paulus.
Sunnyside’s third champion was Isaac Palomino (220 lbs.). Palomino pulled out to a 6-1 lead over Sebastian Ferraro of Kennedy Catholic in the title match and hung on for a 6-3 victory.
At 113 lbs., Silas Jasso of Sunnyside – a freshman competing in his first tourney – lost in the championship match to Mountainview’s Will Tiasacan, a State placer last year.
The victim of Sunnyside’s toughest championship loss was Jesse Torres (120 lbs.), who fell 4-3 in the finals to Brandon Huft of Mountainview.
Sustaining his first loss of the season, Torres trailed 4-3 in the third round when Paulus said Huft “stalled” the entire round and wasn’t warned or penalized by officials.
At 145 lbs., Sunnyside’s J.J. Rodriguez lost his championship finals match by a score of 5-2 to Sean Van Earwage of Todd Beamer.
Claiming third-place honors for the Grizzlies was Diego Castaneda (138 lbs.), who rallied from his first loss of the season to win the consolation finale 5-1 over Columbia-Burbank’s Conner Thun.
Sunnyside’s Isaiah Rodriguez (132 lbs.) and Gerardo Lepez (182 lbs.) brought home fifth-place honors from the Kent tourney.
Also medaling with fifth-place honors for the Grizzlies were a pair of freshmen, Carlos Ramirez (160 lbs.) and Sylvestre Cortez (285 lbs.).
One other Sunnyside wrestler, Anthony Chavez, finished fifth at 140 lbs., but his marks were not reflected in the Grizzlies’ team score. “We just wanted to give him some matches,” Paulus said of the two-time State qualifier.
The Sunnyside High boys wrestling team returns to more familiar surroundings this coming Thursday with a CBBN dual match against Eisenhower. It will be the Grizzlies’ home finale for the regular season until they host Districts next month.