SHS grapplers tame visiting Wildcats

Isaiah Guerrero (132 lbs.) gains the upper hand for Sunnyside against Eastmont’s Josh Ahlberg on the way to a third-round pin.

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Isaiah Guerrero (132 lbs.) gains the upper hand for Sunnyside against Eastmont’s Josh Ahlberg on the way to a third-round pin.


Sunnyside wrestler Gerardo Lepez gets encouragement from Coach George Paulus (R) and assistant Ralph Mendoza during a break in his narrow 4-3 victory.

Sunnyside High School’s wrestling team used a 13-bout win streak to thump Eastmont 68-6 Thursday night.

The host Grizzlies dropped last night’s opening match at 160 lbs. when Eastmont’s Derek McClune pinned Carlos Ramirez in 2:44.

From there, it was all Sunnyside in grabbing 13 consecutive victories to close out the match.

The run started at 170 lbs., when Sunnyside’s Hector Abonza pinned Camryn Bowling in 4:27.

Gerardo Lepez (182 lbs.) maintained Grizzly momentum when he scored a third-round escape to earn a 4-3 victory over Eastmont’s Curtis Miller.

At 195 lbs., Jiovani Rodriguez of Sunnyside pinned Roberto Guevara in 3:41.

Isaac Palomino (220 lbs.) followed suit for the Grizzlies, when he put Dan Alderson on his back in 3:30.

At 285 lbs., Silvestri Cortez made quick work of Eastmont’s Connor Flom by pinning the Wildcat in 1:07.

Sunnyside continued rolling in the lighter weight classes when Elias Romero (106 lbs.) recorded a 12-1 major decision over Louis Arellano.

Silas Jasso (113 lbs.) followed with a convincing 8-0 thumping of Eastmont’s Jesus Salamanca.

After the Wildcats surrendered a forfeit, the Grizzlies kept their foot on the gas when Josiah Rodriguez (126 lbs.) put Eastmont’s Ramiro Garcia on his back in 1:29.

Isaiah Guerrero (132 lbs.) dispatched Wildcat Josh Ahlberg in 4:24.

Sunnyside’s Diego Castaneda (138 lbs.) followed that by pinning Leon Hammer in 4:20.

In one of the few hotly contested matches of the night, Sunnyside’s J.J. Rodriguez (145 lbs.) built an early 4-1 lead, then held on in the third round for a 4-3 victory over Kyle Simmons.

Luis Ramos (152 lbs.) wrapped up the night for the Grizzlies by pinning Cole McGregor in 4:16.

“We did better than I thought (we would),” Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said.

Noting the Grizzlies fielded a team that included four untested wrestlers, Paulus felt the Wildcats might claim three or four victories Thursday night.

Sunnyside, 2-1 in CBBN competition, tomorrow is scheduled to compete at the Dick Pruett Invite for the first time. The invite will be held at Kent Meridian High School.

“This is a really big tourney with a lot of big dogs…perennial powers in the 4A like Lake Stevens, Mt. Tahoma, Kentridge,” Paulus said. The idea, he says, is for Sunnyside - new this year to the 4A ranks – to get more experience wrestling at that level.

The Grizzlies return home next Thursday to host Eisenhower in CBBN action.


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