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Phillips dominates in defense of Folsom girls tournament title
East Union girls wrestling standouts Mariah Wheeler, left, and Sarah Phillips both placed in the 2nd Annual Folsom High Girls Invitational this past weekend. - photo by Photo Contributed

East Union senior Sarah Phillips led a contingent of four Lady Lancers in the 2nd Annual Folsom High Girls Invitational on Saturday, successfully defending her crown in the 108-pound division.

Mariah Wheeler also placed, taking fourth.

Phillips is off to a hot start to the season after medaling in last year’s California Interscholastic Federation Girls State Invitational. She demolished her first three opponents, recording technical-fall victories in Rounds 1 and 2 before pinning Rosette Hing of Cesar Chavez High in just 17 seconds. Her dominant run ended with a 1:30 stoppage Lincoln’s Dominique Nunez.

Wheeler competed in the deeper 114-pound division and was done in by the match-limit rule in her final bout. She started off losing to Las Plumas’ Alicia Gee in 59 seconds. After two pinfall victories she had a chance to exact revenge against Gee in the consolation semifinals and ended up winning via injury default. Because Wheeler reached the five-match limit for the day, she ended up forfeiting the third-place match to Loren Oliver of Florin.

Hunter Higgins (132) and Tabitha Barrington (146) also competed but failed to place. Barrington’s lone win was a 3:26 pinning of Ponderosa’s Jaclyn Fields.