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Mat Classic XXVI

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Grizzly Jesse Barajas is all smiles after earning the State championship at 120 lbs. Barajas had to rally from a three-point deficit to secure the win.

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Sunnyside’s coaching staff reacts to action on the mat during the State tournament last Saturday.

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Grizzly Jesse Torres puts opponent Benjamin Dixon of Mountainview on his back during the 113-lb. championship match.

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Homer Romero of Sunnyside (L) aims for a take-down of Highline’s Zach Edson during the Grizzly grappler’s victory in the seventh/eighth place match.

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Lady Greyhound Desiree Zavala (130-lbs.) pins Maria Horton of Kelso in the finals. Zavala earned the pin in less than two minutes to claim the State title.

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Grandview’s Marizza Birrueta rolls Haley Franich of Puyallup onto her back in the championship match. After going out to an early 5-0 lead, Birrueta was nearly pinned by Franich. Birrueta managed to fight back and won a nail-biting 5-4 decision.

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Grandview High School Coach Jeff Sevigny yells instructions to Desiree Zavala during her semi-final match. “I was waiting for someone to wake me up from the dream,” he said after all five of his wrestlers made it to the tourney finals.

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Grandview’s Fidel Medina gets a hug from teammate Marizza Birrueta after winning the championship. Birrueta also won the title in her weight class.

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Grandview’s Diego Castaneda catches Daniel Montesa of River Ridge in a lock. Castaneda eventually pinned Montesa on his way to winning the State title.

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Greyhound Joesiah Saunders tries to roll out of a hold by Gabe Meyer of East Valley Spokane. Saunders eventually won the semifinal match by a close 4-3 decision.

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Jessica Cardenas is pictured in action in the fifth/sixth place match at State, making quick work of Othello’s Rosana Pena with a pin in just 31 seconds.

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Sunnyside’s Jasmine Starke gets the upper hand against Lisa Hernandez of Sehome on the way to earning sixth-place honors at the Mat Classic last Saturday.

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Mabton High School’s Jesenia Meza (130 lbs.) lifts Grandview’s Desiree Zavala while going for a takedown in the semi-finals this past Saturday. Zavala was the eventual champion in their weight class.

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Mabton Coach John Kilian tells his wrestler, Jesenia Meza, to choose a neutral starting position during Saturday’s State tournament action.

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