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Owens, Triplett close tourney with section championships

East Union’s Sara Phillips extended her season to the State Championships Saturday with a top-four place finish in the SJS Regional Championships Saturday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED February 6, 2012 12:30 a.m.

STOCKTON – When the championship rounds were complete in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Regional Tournament Saturday, a pair of Ripon wrestlers finished with titles and opened their pursuit for a State Championship.

Ripon’s Juliana Triplett (165) and Hailey Owens (108) both crushed opponents on their way to undefeated runs for Sac-Joaquin Section titles. Both girls will now advance to the State Championships where the top four placers in each weight class advance.

“These kids just do not quit,” Ripon head coach Glen White said. “They wrestle hard; it doesn’t matter what the situation is, it doesn’t matter who we’re wrestling, they go out there and do what their taught to do in practice.

“We have been so pleased throughout the entire season.”

Owens got the show going first in the championship round, fighting off a tough challenge in Gabrielle Eslinger from Lindhurst with an impressive pin. Triplett was not able to record her pin in the final, but put together an unheard of first-round 17-2 tech. fall in arguably the most impressive showing of the championships.

East Union High’s Sara Phillips ran into trouble in the seni-final, getting stopped by Syria Rhodes of Vallejo. Phillips would bounce back immediately, pinning her next opponent to secure a berth into the state championships.

“I feel great,” Phillips said after the consolation round win. “I’m going to state and that is what it is all about. And trying to beat some of the girls that have beaten me.

“It’s time for payback and at the perfect time.”

Weston Ranch saw its 165-pounder Alyssa Cantu extend her season with a top-four finish. Lathrop’s Jazmine Ivey (152) also continued her season by advancing with back-to-back wins in her first season of competitive wrestling.

“That felt totally good,” Ivey said after the win. “I was so happy. I have worked really hard; like with practices everyday and still working out in other sports too.

“This felt really good to win.”

Sierra High’s Jessica Montiel put together an impressive run as well, but saw the journey end with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in the consolation semi’s.

The Girls State Championship Wrestling Tournament will run over a two-day tournament beginning Feb. 24 at Lemoore High in Lemoore. First round action will begin at 11 a.m.

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