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Freddy Hernandez, Angie Lopez pace Bulldogs with first-place finishes in their respective brackets

COURTESY WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn junior Freddy Hernandez won four straight matches to win the 132-pound bracket of the Larry Owings Invitational on Dec. 22.COURTESY WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn junior Hector Paniagua defeated Parker Inman of Beaverton in 1:20 to advance to the semifinals of the 138-pound bracket at Canby on Dec. 22.The Woodburn wrestling team had a busy holiday break, competing at a pair of tournaments at Canby and West Albany high schools, respectively.

The Bulldogs opened the winter break with the Larry Owings Invitational, named after the current Woodburn assistant coach who was a two-time state champion at Canby in 1967 and 1968 and went on to defeat two-time collegiate national champion Dan Gable in the 1970 NCAA Division I Championships.

Despite entering with five empty weight classes, Woodburn had a strong showing at Canby on Dec. 22, finishing fourth among the 12-team field that predominantly featured 5A and 6A programs.

COURTESY WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn sophomore Wesley Vasquez went 3-1 at Canby, placing third overall in the 126-pound bracket.Freddy Hernandez finished first in the 132-pound bracket, recording all four of his victories by either pinfall or technical fall. Hernandez's bracket win was matched by teammate Angie Lopez in the girls tournament, scoring a pair of wins over Canby's Maren Gingerich to finish first in the 125-pound bracket.

COURTESY WOODBURN WRESTLING - Woodburn senior William Sandoval advanced to the championship round of the 138-pound bracket at Canby, finishing second to Centurys Uriel Rodriguez.William Sandoval also reached the championship round of his bracket, falling in the second round to Uriel Rodriguez of Century to place second overall at 138 pounds. Sandoval was 3-1 at the tournament.

Wesley Vasquez added a third-place finish for the Bulldogs at 126 pounds, going 3-1 and defeating David Douglas' Damauri Crawley by pinfall in the second round of the third-place match.

Hector Paniagua was 2-2 at the tournament, finishing in fourth place in the 138-pound bracket.

Woodburn followed with a trip to West Albany for the annual Northwest Duals tournament on Dec. 28-29, going 1-5 over the weekend.

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