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Injuries strain locals at Invitational
East Union’s Sarah Phillips is hoping to be back healthy prior to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament beginning Feb. 5.
HANFORD – A handful of area wrestlers made their way south to compete in the California Girls Wrestling Invitational at Hanford West High just outside of Fresno. The tournament is the final tune-up for the Sac-Joaquin Women’s Masters Tournament taking place Feb. 5-6 in Stockton.

The two-day tournament kicked off Friday with the preliminary rounds.

Weston Ranch’s Sara Leon completed day one of the tournament with a solid 3-1 outcome in the 154-lb weight class, while East Union’s Sarah Phillips strolled through competition with a 4-1 mark in the 98-lb weight class.

Ripon High’s Juliana Triplett was forced to deal with an unfortunate turn of events, as she missed a final match on Friday, leaving tournament officials to forfeit her match after opening without a loss.

Both Leon and Phillips took care of their action to open day two, but injuries would force the pair to close out their tournament run after a day two second-round loss.

Leon closed out the invitational with a 4-2 mark, while Phillips went 5-2. Both wrestlers will try and be back healthy on the mat in time to make a lengthy run during the section’s Masters Tournament, but the likeliness of that happening looks bleak.

“You just hate to see them get injured, especially at a time like now,” Weston ranch assistant coach George Leon said. “Both of these girls are ranked second in the section, so losing these two girls would be big blows.”

The Master’s Tournament will be held at McNair High, kicking off a 9 a.m.