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WRESTLING: Ripon’s Hernandez, Speed claim gold medals at weekend tourneys
Bulletin wrestling 2019-20
Ripon's Marissa Hernandez pins Merced's Alejandra Sanchez in the the 108-pound semifinal. Hernandez went on to finish third. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

LOS BANOS — Ripon’s Marissa Hernandez won the gold medal Saturday at 108 pounds and led a contingent of five Indians who also placed in the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High.
They finished fourth as a team.
Hernandez was nothing if not efficient, picking up a pair of first-round pins and one in the second round.
Alyssa Oliver (118), Riley Rangel (139) and Melissa Perez (145) all placed third and Kaylee Medeiros (162) was fourth with Oliver getting three first-round pins and one second-round, Rangel two first-rounds and a second, Perez two firsts and a second and Oliver a first and second.
“The season has flown by,” Ripon coach Eric Barriga said. “Until the league and divisional meets we will be polishing up our technique and conditioning as if our hair is on fire.
“We will finish as TVL champions and hopefully place high at Divisional’s as a team and get as many girls to Masters as we can.”

Chris Snowden Memorial Invitational
SAN ANSELMO — Ripon sophomore Colin Speed may weigh just 235 pounds, but he won the gold medal Saturday at 285 with a one-point decision in the finals at Sir Francis Drake High School.
This was Speed’s first varsity championship. Teammates Garret Castro (113), Otto Kellner (182), Ryan Gollinger (285), Conner Self (170), and Moises Rodriguez (126) were all fifth place and Simon De Freitas (160) injury defaulted to sixth.
“I was extremely proud of our young team today,” Indians coach Glen White said. “They still make a lot of mistakes, but I saw a lot of improvement too.
“We still need to get into better shape and we have a lot to work on over the next three weeks before the TVL Championships.”