Lower Yakima Valley grapplers state ranked

Elias Romero of Sunnyside, No. 2 in the state, blocks a sit-out switch attempt by Adrian Vivanco of Eastmont in the 132-pound weight class last month.

Elias Romero of Sunnyside, No. 2 in the state, blocks a sit-out switch attempt by Adrian Vivanco of Eastmont in the 132-pound weight class last month.


Mabton’s Gabriel Mireles subdues a Ki-Be contender at a recent tournament in Grandview.

— The 4A Grizzlies have two grapplers listed among the Top 3 in their weight classes statewide, while 2A Grandview has one in the Top 10, and Mabton has two among the Top 6 in the B classification.

2A Prosser does not have any wrestlers ranked this week.

Sunnyside — 4A

The latest polls released via WashingtonWrestlingReport.net show Sunnyside ranked No. 8 in 4A wrestling with 81 points. Tahoma is No. 1 with 180 points. Other Big 9 programs ranked in the Top 15 are Moses Lake — No. 6 — and Davis —No. 10.

Retaining the No. 2 spot at 126 pounds is Elias Romero of the Grizzlies. The senior was second at state last year in the 113-pound weight class.

Ranked No. 1 at 126 pounds is Jordan Martinez of Tahoma.

Jose Campos, who earned fifth at state last year at 106 pounds, is No. 4 in the 120-pound weight class. Last week, he was ranked No. 2.

The No. 1-ranked competitor is Devin Gentz of South Kitsap.

Josiah Rodriguez moved up a rank from No. 6 to No. 5 in the 138-pound weight class. He is a two-time state contender, last year competing at 126 pounds.

Ranked No. 1 is Puyallup’s Josh Franich, who won the 132-pound title last year.

Sunnyside’s J.J. Rodriguez retained the No. 3 ranking at 160 pounds. Last year, he competed in the 152-pound weight class at state.

The No. 1-ranked 160-pounder is James Rogers of Battle Ground.

Joining the rankings at 170 pounds is Moises Morales. He is currently No. 8. Last week, he was ranked No. 12 at 182 pounds.

Ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds is Alex Stuart of Curtis.

The last Grizzlies grappler to be ranked is 220-pound Daniel Huizar. He moves up from No. 9 to No. 8.

Dylan Ingram of Camas is ranked No. 1.

Grandview — 2A

Grandview is not ranked among the Top 20 teams in 2A competition, but other Central Washington Athletic Association teams are.

Toppenish is ranked No. 1, Othello is No. 5, Selah is No. 7, Wapato is ranked No. 8 and Ellensburg is No. 9.

“The league is really tough — some of the toughest competitors in the entire state,” Grandview coach Ramiro Gonzalez said.

The only member of the Greyhounds team ranked is Adrian Benitez at 120 pounds. He is currently No. 7 with a 17-6 record.

“He’s been doing well at all the tournaments,” Gonzalez said. “He’s been placing second or third.

“We hope to settle to his postseason weight, return to state and bring home the hardware.”

Mabton — B

The 1B and 2B classifications are ranked together, and only the Top 6 competitors are listed.

The Vikings’ highest ranked wrestler is Gabriel Mireles, who is No. 3 behind Vance Frazer of Tonasket (No. 1) and Caleb Cole of Reardan (No. 2) at 138 pounds.

Mireles was second at state last year in the 126-pound weight class. He was fourth the year prior.

Also ranked is 113-pound grappler Gilbert Martinez. He holds the No. 5 spot among all B wrestlers.

No. 1 in the weight class is Tonasket’s Dawson Bretz, who earned third place at state last season.


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