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Five locals move on to SJS Girls Regional semis

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POSTED February 8, 2014 12:35 a.m.

Victoria Burke could likely make Sierra High history today.

The Timberwolves’ 126-pound senior went 3-0 during Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Regional Tournament and was one of five local wrestlers to punch tickets into the semifinals slated to begin at 10 a.m. at McNair in Stockton.

“Victoria got two pins out of her three wins,” Sierra head coach Alex Nuanez said. “She pinned a girl that was seeded higher than she was (No. 6). If (Burke) makes it, she will be the first girl in Sierra history to go to state. She has to win at least one match (today).”

The first-year wrestler, along with four others, will all have chances to compete for a section title this afternoon and perhaps a state berth.

Lathrop’s Jasmine Ivey (137), who took third at the regional tourney last year, is also in the semis after going 2-0 on Day 1.

Ivey will be joined by Weston Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu (189), who went 1-0 with two byes from her No. 1 seed. Cantu will be joined by teammate Mia Hill (106) and 111-pound senior Kendyl Post of Ripon.

Aside from those five semifinalists, there are 10 others still alive in today’s consolation brackets.

Sierra has Ashley Elliot (100), who went 2-1 and will need to win three straight if she hopes to qualify for the 2014 Girls State Championships in Visalia.

Lathrop’s Edna Magana (116) won three of her four matches and is still alive for a potential state berth.

Ripon freshman Victoria White (131) went 2-1 and lost in the quarterfinal against the No. 1 seed of her bracket.

White will be competing in the consolation bracket along with teammates Jasmine Caldwell (143) and Mireya Garcia (170).

Weston Ranch’s girls still have four alive in the consolations and the Cougars are in second place in the team standings overall.

Weston Ranch has 60 points and trails Vista Del Lago (68) for first place.

The Cougars will have Salena Valenzuela (101), who went 3-1. They also have Taylor Mar (111), who went 2-1 like Ana Pascual did at 160. Weston Ranch heavyweight Wonderful deConge finished 1-1 and is the last Weston Ranch wrestler left with a hope at state.

The final wrestler competing today is Aysia Cortez of Venture Academy in Stockton. Cortez is a Manteca resident who went 2-1 in the 131-pound bracket Friday.

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