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Giovanni Bravo wins 145-pound bracket, as four Bulldog wrestlers advance to the semifinals

COURTESY PHOTO - Woodburn junior Giovanni Bravo won the 145-pound bracket at the Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament by pinning his first three opponents and scoring major decisions in the semifinal and final matches.
Despite carrying a depleted roster to the annual Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament in Oregon City, the Woodburn wrestling team still managed to make a strong showing in its season-opening tournament on Saturday.

Led by 145-pound junior Giovanni Bravo, the Bulldogs placed five wrestlers in the top six, scoring 129.5 points to place seventh overall in the 21-team tournament.

"It was a great tournament," 160-pounder Gerardo Gutierrez said. "Overall, we all did good, but we still have work to do. This is just the first competition."

Bravo, a state semifinalist last year, picked up where he left off by opening the tournament with three straight victories by pinfall to advance to the bracket semis. He continued to roll in his final two matches, scoring a 14-2 major decision over Oregon City's Austin Canchola and shutting out McMinnville's Andre Mushombe with a 9-0 major decision in the championship match.

The junior was not alone in reaching the semifinals, a feat matched by teammates Freddy Hernandez (132 pounds), William Sandoval (138 pounds) and Chris Serrano (170 pounds).

All three fell in their final two matches to finish fourth in their respective brackets. Hector Paniagua placed sixth in the 132-pound bracket to round out the Bulldogs' top placers.

"The team had grit and wrestled hard," head coach Dusty Price said. "This was a good test to see where we are now and to identify in what areas the wrestlers need to improve. This is the beginning of what is going to be an exciting season."

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