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Seven area grapplers still alive in section girls invitational

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POSTED February 2, 2013 12:17 a.m.

Alyssa Cantu, Sarah Phillips and Jasmine Ivey are set up to make a return trip to the California Interscholastic Federation Girls State Invitational, and they could have some company come Feb. 22-23.

They and four others from the area advanced to today’s portion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Regional Tournament hosted at Stockton’s McNair High. The top five placers will head to Lemoore High for state.

Cantu (165), a sixth-place finisher in last year’s state tourney, is one of four Weston Ranch Cougars to move on. Jazzmin Blackwell (128) and Cantu are both in the winners-bracket semifinals, while Selena Valenzuela (98) and Cherylanne Padre (122) qualified through the consolation bracket. Sophomore state hopeful Mia Hill (110) dislocated an elbow in her second match and was unable to finish the tournament.

East Union standout Phillips (103) cruised into the semifinals, with her two matches lasting a total of 1 minute, 15 seconds. She is looking to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish at state. Teammate Mariah Wheeler (114) scored a first-period pin in her opener and came back to win by fall in the second round to join Phillips in the semis.

Underclassmen Hunter Higgins (122) and Tabitha Barrington (146) also participated for East Union but were two-and-done.

Ivey (154) of Lathrop High went 2-1 to advance in the consolation bracket, scoring two pinfall victories.

Action resumes this morning at 11 with the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals.

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