Wednesday, January 9, 2013/lk
OTHELLO - Grandview's winning streak in CWAC action ended last night in Othello, as the Husky grapplers succeeded in winning 42-21.
The Greyhounds fell to 4-1 in league action as a result of the loss.
Othello won three bouts by way of forfeit, putting the Grandview team at a great disadvantage.
The Greyhounds were unable to secure a win in the first three matches as Othello's Anthony Barrera defeated Marizza Birrueta by an 11-4 decision in 106-lb. action; Abraham Gonzalez of Othello pinned Grandview's Viannei Perez (113 lbs.) in 5:50; and Stephen Razo of the Greyhounds succumbed by the pin to Alec Espinoza in 57 seconds in the 120-lb. weight class.
Grandview attempted to recover as 126-pounder Diego Castaneda took to the mat and won a 4-2 decision over Husky competitor A.J. Garza.
Castaneda's older brother, David, won a 9-3 decision over Lorenzo Garza in the 132-lb. bout.
But, it was Othello's Lucas Garza that kept the Huskies on top, securing a 13-6 decision over Grandview's Jaron Raymond in the 138-lb. weight class.
Grandview attempted to tie the dual with victories by Joesiah Saunders (145 lbs.) and Jose Castilleja (152 lbs.). Saunders won a 3-2 decision over Othello's Johnny Mendoza and Castilleja earned a 6-4 decision over Eleazar Pruneda.
Husky Eric Garza in the 160-lb. bout gave his team the advantage once again, though, by pinning Greyhound Eduardo Alcantar in 5:58.
Grandview gave the next match (170 lbs.) to Jesus Montes by way of forfeit, but received a forfeit of its own at 182 lbs.
Adrian Magana of Grandview next battled Othello's Anthony Ruiz in the 195-lb. weight class. It was the Greyhound who came out on top, 5-2, but Othello scored points in the final two matches because Grandview didn't have grapplers competing at 220-lbs. and 285-lbs.
"We definitely did not wrestle our best last night," said Grandview Coach Jeff Sevigny.
He said the Greyhounds were sluggish early on and that carried into each match.
"Even in the matches we won there didn't seem to be the fire we've demonstrated up to this point in the season," said Sevigny.
He said there were several missed opportunities against Othello.
"Now we need to bounce back," Sevigny said, stating it is important that the Greyhounds meet Selah full force tomorrow (Thursday) at home.
He noted a bright spot from last night came during an exhibition match between Grandview freshman Desiree Zavala and Othello's Tatum Sparks, who placed third at State last year. The Lady 'Hound won a 7-1 decision over the Husky.
"Sparks was also a national place winner at the freestyle nationals in Fargo, North Dakota this past summer," said Sevigny, stating the win for Zavala was a great accomplishment.