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Othello wrestlers win medals

TACOMA – Four Othello grapplers brought home to Adams County medals Feb. 19 from the state Mat Classic XXXIII wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome.

Alexis Monday grabbed silver for the Huskies at girls 115 pounds, the highest of any Adams County wrestlers.

In boys action, Isaac Campos won bronze and Victorino DeLa Cruz fifth-place at 106. Teammate Marcos Zuniga was fifth at 113.

Monday led the Huskies with 24 team points.

She opened with a bye, then pinned Lafediya Eldridge of Tahoma in 3:48. In the quarterfinals she won a 3-1 decision over Kendra Perez of Toppenish, before edging Brooklyn Jones of Orting, 2-1, in the semifinals.

In the championship bout, she lost to Ashley Dayana Narango of Moses Lake, 6-0, to finish second.

For the Othello boys, Campos won his state-opener by tech fall in 4:58 over Cayden Beauregard of Sequim, 16-0. He then won a 6-1 decsiion over Talatheon Warness of Aberdeen.

He lost his semifinal bout to Alan Salguero Jr. of Orting, 8-1, before winning a 4-2 decision over Jordan McKamey of Clarkston in the wrestlebacks.

In his match for third place, he defeated Warness again, 6-0, for bronze.

Meanwhile at the same weight, teammate DeLa Cruz opened with a 10-5 victory over Daniel Herrera of Washington and then pinned Brody Davis of Washougal in 1:45.

He lost his semifinal bout to Chris Lopez Gonzales of Burlington-Edison, 16-0, a technical fall that ended at 4:48. He then lost to Warness, 15-7.

In the bout for fifth, he pinned McKamey in 1:42.

Adams County's last medalist, Zuniga, opened with a 9-3 loss to Michael Hatton of Aberdeen at 113 pounds.

Dropping immediately to the wrestlebacks, he then pinned Michael Lewis of Burlington-Edison in 2:57, Damian hernandez in 41 seconds and Koehn Greenough of Sedro Woolley in 2:52.

In a rematch with Hatton, he lost 11-6 to drop to the medal match for fifth.

He won that match, 7-1, over Gavin McCloy of Pullman.

Other Huskies competing in the state tournament, but not placing, included girl grapplers Hazel Gonzalez at 125 and Thalia Gallegos at 170.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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