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Pasco, Sunnyside to decide wrestling title

PASCO -- Jay Covington knows his Pasco wrestling team will have its hands full when Sunnyside comes to town tonight to decide the CBBN 3A conference title.

"Coach (George) Paulus has got those kids just rockin' and rollin'," Covington said. "Everybody tells us how good our team is ..."

But tonight they'll find out for sure.

Pasco and Sunnyside are sporting the same league record -- a perfect 5-0.

But the Grizzlies (5-0) are ranked fourth in the 3A and are loaded with experienced talent, including four state veterans. The Bulldogs, composed mostly of juniors with a couple of sophomores, no doubt have some tough matches coming its way.

But no one is expecting Pasco to go down without a fight at the 7 p.m. contest.

"We're good," Covington said. "But we have some holes in the lineup."

Certainly there will be plenty of futzing with the lineups by both coaches to get favorable matchups, but there are several potential bouts that would thrill fans.

Pasco's Cody Rush and Sunnyside's David Vidales are among the five CBBN 145-pounders ranked in the top 10 in the 3As.

At 152, the Grizzlies' Josh Romero and Bulldogs' Lonnie Hurley also are ranked top 10, though Hurley has routinely bumped up to as much as 171.

Also, Pasco has been getting big production from the big guys, particularly Jeffrey Christensen (171), Hector Jimenez (189) and Albert Torres (285). Torres and Sunnyside's Adam Peters, the top-ranked heavyweight in 3A, could be a tight squeeze.

The problem for Pasco -- and everyone else in the area -- is that Sunnyside has no holes, fielding a lineup with eight top-10 wrestlers.

"Sunnyside is a great team," Covington said. "They're doing a great job, and we look forward to wrestling them."

-- Elsewhere in the CBBN, Hanford (3-2) is at Kamiakin (0-6), Southridge (3-2) at West Valley (2-3) and Kennewick (1-5) travels to Eastmont (2-3).

The Lions will face an Eastmont lineup that has been decimated by injuries and illness. The Wildcats had to cancel their match with neighborhood rival Wenatchee on Tuesday after 13 wrestlers contracted a "skin irritation," the Wenatchee World reported.

-- In the 4A ranks, league-leading Richland (3-0) will entertain Wenatchee (3-1), Moses Lake (3-1) visits Chiawana (1-2) and Davis (0-3) is at Eisenhower (2-2).

-- Othello (6-0) will try to remain alone atop the CWAC standings, entertaining Grandview (2-4). Prosser (0-7) will takes its quest for its first league win to Ephrata (1-5).

All duals are at 7 p.m., with the exception of Richland-Wenatchee, slated for a 6 p.m. start.

* Kevin Anthony: 509-582-1403; kanthony@tricityherald.com

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