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Phillips, Owens and Triplett all advance to State
East Union sophomore Sarah Phillips extended her season a couple of weeks, by earning a berth into the CIF Girls State Championships with a second-place finish during the Masters. - photo by Photo Contributed
In the first season the CIF has officially sanctioned the girls wrestling state championships, three area standouts solidified their trip south with top-4 finishes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.

Sarah Phillips of East Union High punched her ticket as a sophomore, finishing second to Jonnarose Palma of Vintage High in the 98-pound weight class. Phillips will be joined by Ripon High’s Hailey Owens (114-pound) and Juliana Triplett (165-pound) in Lemoore Feb 25-26.

Triplet missed out on the title, falling to Heather O’Conner of Vintage, while Owens’ fourth place finish left her as the final qualifier in the 114-pound weight class.

Sierra High’s Jessica Montiel fell just short of the glory, closing out the tournament with a fifth-place finish in the 103-pound weight class, coming up one spot short of a state ticket. Weston Ranch freshman Alyssa Cantu suffered the same fate, also finishing fifth in her 165-pound weight class.

East Union senior Stefanie Collins was also eliminated from a state berth.

The girls state championships will be at Lemoore High, beginning with three rounds wrestled on Friday and another five rounds on Saturday. The sixth and final round Saturday will be the Championship Finals.

The top-6 individual placers will receive medals.