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Cardoza, Garcia qualify for state tournament

STOCKTON – Ripon’s Katelyn Cardoza and Sierra’s Alexa Garcia are going to the California State Wrestling Championships.

 Cardoza (131 pounds) and Garcia (160) both won their first two matches by pin Friday at Lincoln High School in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Girls Regional Tournament and as such can finish no lower than sixth today, the threshold for state competition.

 Ripon’s Marissa Hernandez (106), Ashley Espinoza (126) and Melissa Perez (137); Sierra’s Citali Chavez (170) and East Union’s Sarah Atkins (137) all went 2-1 and open this morning in the consolation bracket and will wrestle an elimination match they must win to advance to state.

 Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. at Delta College. 


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 STOCKTON – It was a tough day for local wrestlers at Delta College with just two local grapplers surviving the first day.

 East Union’s Joe Luna (138) started the day with a pair of wins by decision before getting pinned with just five seconds left in the quarterfinals. Luna will begin today in the consolation bracket and needs to win two matches to qualify for the state championships.

 Manteca’s Dominik Neuharth (105) tallied a first-round pin before being dispatched to the consolation bracket in the second round. Facing elimination, Neuharth won his next two matches by pin and like Luna must win two matches to qualify for state.

 Wrestling begins this morning at 9 at Delta College.