As of Tuesday, January 20, 2015
ELLENSBURG – It was all Sunnyside, all day, as the Grizzlies dominated at last Saturday’s Ray Westberg Invitational in Ellensburg.
Sunnyside cruised to its fifth team title of the season with 231.5 points for first-place honors, followed by Othello’s 147 points.
“We had a great day,” enthused Coach George Paulus. “I thought it was our best performance of the year from top to bottom.”
Sunnyside had 10 wrestlers place at Ellensburg, including four champions.
Anthony Chavez (138 lbs.) was unstoppable for the Grizzlies, winning the title with a 20-5 technical fall victory over Hunter Eberhart of the All Stars. Chavez earned one pin on the way to a 4-0 day, and won his other three matches by a combined score of 51-17.
“That was nice to see because he’s been nursing a bad elbow all season,” Paulus said of Chavez’s performance.
Sunnyside’s Jesse Torres was the titlist at 120 lbs. with a 6-1 decision over Othello’s Alejandro Cardenas in the championship match.
Next up was Jacob Mendoza (126 lbs.), who earned a title for the Grizzlies by defeating Eisenhower’s Julian Alonso in the finale.
Sunnyside’s fourth champion was Diego Castenada (145 lbs.), who earned the title with a 6-2 win over Danny Cantu of the All Stars.
Two other Grizzlies reached the championship bouts in their respective weight classes, only to come up short.
Sunnyside’s Elias Romero (106 lbs.) was out-pointed in his finale 8-5 by Wapato’s Alex Vaca.
Isaac Palomino had a tougher time for the Grizzlies in the 220-lb. championship match, falling 6-0 to Cheney’s Michael Ferguson.
Adding to Sunnyside’s medal haul were three grapplers bringing home third-place medals. Due to limits on how many matches athletes can wrestle in a single day, the Ellensburg invite awarded two third place and two fifth place honors.
Silas Jasso (113 lbs.) earned a share of third-place honors for Sunnyside by outpointing Othello’s Jeremy Mendez.
Josiah Rodriguez (132 lbs.) followed suit for the Grizzlies with a convincing 10-0 win over Wapato’s Blake DeLeon to garner a third-place medal.
Sunnyside’s other third-place finisher came at 182 lbs., where Gerardo Lepez bested Ike’s Carlos Capetillo 4-2 in the consolation semifinals.
Rounding out the Grizzly medal haul was Alex Campos (160 lbs.), who brought home fifth-place honors.
Sunnyside closes out CBBN regular season competition this coming Thursday at West Valley.
On Saturday, Sunnyside will be home to take on Southridge, Kamiakin and Richland in a non-league triple-dual meet.