Hanford’s Will Bishop and Dallon Grinder won titles for the host Falcons while a quartet of champions helped Sunnyside make a run into the top three at Friday’s Winter Cup wrestling tournament.
Bishop, who placed fourth at state last year as a junior, defeated River View’s Ruvim Tyutyunnik 10-7 in the 195-pound title match after both advanced through the first two rounds with a pair of pins. Grinder won the title at 285 with a 52-second stop of Chiawana’s Cameron Silvers.
Sunnyside got titles in the first three weights from Jacob Mendoza, Jesse Torres and Jesse Barajas, the state champ at 113 last year. But the Grizzlies’ other returning state champion, Homer Romero, was pinned late in the second period of the 126 title match by Decatur’s Levitus Arizpe, who placed third at state at 113 last season.
That started a run of six straight finalists and four champs for the Gators, who went on to win the team title ahead of Mt. Spokane and Sunnyside.
Torres’ title at 113 came after a tight 3-2 win over Hanford’s Blake Llarenas, and the Grizzlies got another championship at 182 from Daniel Avalos, who posted an 8-0 major decision over Chiawana’s Clayton Johnson in the final.
Grandview’s Joesiah Saunders took the 152 bracket, finishing with a 6-1 win in the final to cap a trio of one-sided decisions.
Chiawana had another second-place finish from Blake Bishop at 160 after he lost 5-2 to Decatur state-placer Brandon Zimmerman in the final.
Kennewick had a pair of runner-up finishers, the first at 132 as Alejandro Ramos was pinned at the end of the second period in the final after winning a close 8-6 match over Kamiakin’s Damien Gooldy in the semifinals. Robby Calvert finished second for the Lions at 220 after being pinned in the second round by Mt. Spokane’s Tom Harvey.
Team scores—Decatur 211, Mt. Spokane 198.5, Sunnyside 186.5, Chiawana 132, West Valley-Yakima 119.5, Hanford 117, Kennewick 180, Richland 75, Kamiakin 63, Highline 50, Grandview 40.5, River View 27, Columbia-Burbank 25, Wahluke 25, Liberty-Spangle 22, Wapato 16, Prosser 7, Honey Badgers 0, Mary Walker 0.
Championship and two third-place finishers
106—Jacob Mendoza (SS) m.d. Riener Schauser (MS) 13-2; Elias Romero (u-SS) and Zachary Trujillo (WV).
113—Jesse Torres (SS) d. Blake Llarenas (Han) 3-2; Zach Edson (Hi) and Nathan Bergen (Chi).
120—Jesse Barajas (SS) m.d. Trysten Dawson (Dec) 13-4; Tyler Almaguer (Kam) and Alec Hoover (MS).
126—Levitus Arizpe (Dec) p. Homer Romero (SS) 3:53; Davdi Ramos (Ken) and Kiegen Schauer (MS).
132—Zach Berry (Dec) p. Alejandro Ramos (Ken) 3:59; Anthony Chavez (SS) and Damien Gooldy (Kam).
138—Isaiah Diggs (Dec) m.d. Rich Bondurant (MS) 15-5; Jacob Garcia (Chi) and Pryce Seely (Rich).
145—Christian Nibarger (MS) p. Dennis Good (Dec) 5:23; Stevie Rodriguez (Grn) and Keoni Aparis (u-Dec).
152—Joesiah Saunders (Grn) d. Christian Aragon (Dec) 6-1; Masen Brown (Chi) and Kean Legate (Hi).
160—Brandon Zimmerman (Dec) d. Blake Bishop (Chi) 5-2; Kyler Shiver (Ken) and Cole Ballard (Rich).
170—Mark Bradley (WV) p. Eric Silva (SS) 1:29; Marcello Berganza (Dec) and Jacob Sander (MS).
182—Daniel Avalos (SS) m.d. Clayton Johnson (Chi) 8-0; Logan Gibler (MS) and Max Henry (Dec).
195—Will Bishop (Han) d. Ruvim Tyutyunnik (RV) 10-7; Brian Womac (Hi) and Jack Yorgesen (Wah).
220—Tom Harvey (MS) p. Robby Calvert (Ken) 2:38; Victor Ramos (SS) and Sam Heidt (WV).
285—Dallon Grinder (Han) p. Cameron Silvers (Chi) :52; Jorge Mendoza (WV) and Nick Little (Kam).