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Woodburn's Wesley Vasquez takes out second seed en route to semifinal appearance

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn sophomore Wesley Vasquez upset No. 2-seed Caleb Wilde of Wilsonville on his way to a semifinal appearance in the 113-pound bracket of the 2018 5A State Wrestling Championships.

Wesley Vasquez — 113 pounds

Woodburn's unseeded sophomore may have placed fourth in the district tournament, but he had no problem marching his way to the state semifinals.

Vasquez scored a surprise upset of No. 2-seeded freshman Caleb Wilde, a district champion of Wilsonville, in the first round of the tournament to forge a quarterfinal bout with Thurston's Zane Stewart.

Stewart put up an upset of his own in the first round, knocking off No. 7-seed Austin Anderson of Redmond by 7-3 decision.

In the quarterfinals, the two giant-killers went toe to toe, with Vasquez emerging on top after scoring a takedown in overtime to secure a 6-4 win by sudden victory.

Vasquez moves on to face Stewart's teammate, No. 5-seed Gavin Sherill of Thurston in the semifinals. He is assured no worse than sixth place overall.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn junior Giovanni Bravo won his first round match against Trae Bolken in first round pinfall and advanced to the second day of competition in the 5A 138-pound bracket.No. 5 Giovanni Bravo — 138 pounds

Bravo was unable to return to the state semifinals like he did the previous year, but the Woodburn junior is alive in well on the consolation side of the bracket after going 2-1 in his first day of action.

Bravo opened the tournament with a victory over Redmond junior Trae Bolken in 1:50 to advance to the quarterfinals, but was stopped by No. 3-seed Nick Peterson of Hillsboro. In a mirror image of Vasquez's match, Bravo too went to overtime against Peterson, but was on the losing side of a 6-4 sudden victory decision, moving him to the consolation side of the bracket.

There he faced No. 7-seed John Cole of Mountain View, taking down the senior by 6-2 decision to move on to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.

He will face No. 8-seeded freshman Clayton Rock of Crater on Saturday for the opportunity to move on to the placement rounds.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior Chris Serrano (170 pounds) was one of three Woodburn wrestlers to advance to the second day of competition at the 2018 State Wrestling Championships.Chris Serrano — 170 pounds

Like Vasquez, Serrano gave Woodburn a second unseeded upset in the first round of hte state tournament.

Going up against No. 5 seed Wyatt Gross of Redmond to open the tournament, the two seniors wrestled to a 1-1 stalemate throughout the entire match before Serrano scored a takedown as time expired to take the 3-1 upset.

He was stopped in the quarterfinals, however, falling by 3-1 decision to No. 4 Kalen Roach of Thurston to drop to the consolation side of the bracket.

Needing a win to move on to the second day of competition, Serrano was up against No. 8 Jared Coxen, a sophomore from Dallas who was the lone wrestler to defeat Serrano in the district tournament the week before.

Serrano made up for loss, taking down Coxen by 10-4 decision to advance to the consolation quarterfinals against No. 7 Logan Lowder of Crater for the opportunity to move on to the placement rounds.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn No. 5-seed Edwin Garcia (220) was unable to survive the first day of competition, going 1-2 at the 2018 State Wrestling Championships.No. 5 Edwin Garcia — 220 pounds

One of two district finalists for the Bulldogs, Garcia was unable to get past the first day of competition after falling in a first round upset to Sandy sophomore Ford McKinnis by 5-2 decision.

Garcia rebounded in the first round of the consolation bracket, where he faced another seeded wrestler, No. 4 Sean Stewart of Hermiston, who was himself beaten unexpectedly in the match after Garcia's.

With both top-ranked wrestlers fighting to avoid an 0-2 day, Garcia won out by pinfall in 4:20, advancing to the second round of the consolation bracket.

Unfortunately, his rally ended there against a familiar foe — senior Bryce Jordan of Dallas. The two had met in the district semifinals, with Garcia winning by late pinfall. But in the state rematch, Jordan needed just 20 seconds to get his revenge, knocking Garcia out of the tournament.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn junior Sergio Mendez works from the top against No. 4-seed Ryan Zeller in the first round of the 5A 120-pound bracket.Sergio Mendez — 120 pounds

The Woodburn junior went winless in his first trip to the state championship tournament, opening the day with a 2:27 loss to No. 4 Ryan Zeller of Hood River Valley. He wrapped up with an 8-3 loss by decision to Ishmael Blas of North Eugene.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn sophomore Freddy Hernandez held his own against No. 1 Beau Ohlson in the first round of the 5A 126-pound bracket, but ultimately fell by pinfall and went 0-2 on the day.Freddy Hernandez — 126 pounds

Hernandez opened with a tough draw, facing defending state champion and top-seeded Beau Ohlson of Mountain View in the opening round and falling by 3:16.

Hernandez followed with a 4-2 loss decided by sudden victory against Thurston's Dylan Averill to finish his trip to Portland.

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn junior William Sandoval fell to defending state champion Jason SHaner in hte first round of the 5A 132-pound state bracket.William Sandoval — 132 pounds

Like his teammate, Hernandez, Sandoval opened the tournament against the top-seeded opponent in his bracket, taking on defending 126-pound champion Jason Shaner of Hood River Valley.

Sandoval fell in 2:14 to drop to the consolation side of the bracket, where he lost to No. 8-seeded junior Alec Nolan of North Eugene in 0:48.

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