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Woodburn girls wrestling team places first at Larry Owings Invitational; Gervais girls basketball team beats defending 2A champions

COURTESY: WOODBURN WRESTLING - The Woodburn girls wrestling team placed first at the Larry Owings Invitational, led by individual champions Yajaira Reyes and Angie Lopez.Woodburn wrestling

The Woodburn girls wrestling team claimed the tournament championship at the Larry Owings Invitational in Canby on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Led by individual champions Yajaira Reyes and Angie Lopez, the Bulldogs scored 38 points, edging past runner-up Lincoln with 35 points.

Reyes took two of three matches against Lake Oswego senior Ayah Said-Al-Naie to claim the 115-pound championship. The two wrestlers split their first two matches, with Reyes winning the opening bout in 1:52, only for Said-Al-Naie to follow with a victory in 1:22 in the second.

But Reyes came through in the rubber match, pinning Said-Al-Naie in 1:36 to bring home the bracket title.

Junior teammate Angie Lopez needed just two matches to claim her bracket title, beating Beaverton junior Deepa Monger in 1:11, followed by another first-round pin over Lincoln's Erin Johnson to finish 2-0 in the 120-pound bracket.

In the 145-155 bracket, freshman teammates Isabella Renner and Maritza Magana finished second and third, respectively.

Renner fellow to bracket champion Elizabeth White, a senior, in the final seconds of the second round, but bounced back with wins in her next two matches — pinning Lincoln's Gianina Mink at the end of the second round and following with a 1:32 pin of her teammates Magana in the final match.

Magana opened with a 37-second pin of Mink in her first match of the day and was pinned by White in 59 seconds before falling to Renner in her last match.

On the boys side, the Bulldogs finished second to the hosting Canby Cougars, scoring 200 points led by bracket champions Wesley Vasquez (132) and Freddy Hernandez (145).

The Bulldogs put three other wrestlers in the championship match — Juan Velasquez (106), Kaden Christiansen (152) and Jaime Cruz (195).

Ernie Preciado (3rd, 126), Benito Roman (4th, 126), Keven Mendoza (4th, 170) and Hector Paniagua (5th, 138) also placed at the tournament.

Gervais wrestling

The Gervais Cougars placed fifth at the Bill Hagerty Invitational hosted by Nestucca High School on Dec. 21. Led by Fabian Santos and Eduardo Cortes, the Cougars placed five of eight wrestlers at the tournament.

Santos (170) and Cortes (220) each placed third in their respective weight brackets. Cruz rallied from an opening-day loss to Isaac Barnes of Nestucca to win his next four matches, culminating in a 10-9 decision over Sheridan's Reilley Dearth for third place.

Santos advanced to the semifinals of his bracket, falling by 4-2 decision to Andrew Allen of Willamina, before winning his next two to match Cruz with a 4-1 day.

Skyler Kempton went 4-1 on the day, advancing to the third-place match before hitting the five-match limit to place fourth in the 126-pound bracket. Diego Elizarrarez (5th, 285) and Jose Garcia (6th, 138) also placed at the tournament.

COURTESY PHOTO: KYLE BUSE - The Gervais girls basketball team remained unbeaten on the season, beating the defending state champion Heppner Mustangs 61-18 to up their record to 8-0 heading into 2020.Gervais girls basketball

The Gervais Cougars enter 2020 undefeated after claiming a pair of wins at the 2A Preview in Pendleton on Dec. 20 and 21.

Gervais opened the tournament with a 52-28 victory over Weston-McEwen and followed with a 61-18 win over the defending 2A state champion Heppner Mustangs the following night.

The wins brought No. 10 Gervais (8-0, 2-0 Tri-River) into the OSAA top 10 for the first time this season. The Cougars have been consistent in the first month of basketball, scoring above 50 points in all eight of their games, leading all 2A girls teams in offense at 63.5 points per game. Gervais also is setting the tone on the defensive end, allowing a 2A-best 23.1 points per game, with their closest contest coming in a 59-32 win over Santiam on Dec. 18.

The Cougars open 2020 in Salem for the annual Crusader Classic New Year's Invitational on Jan. 2-4.

Gervais boys basketball

The Gervais boys won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three years after winning both games at the 2A Preview tournament in Pendleton on Dec. 20 and 21.

The Cougars opened the tournament with a 68-47 win over Weston-McEwen before taking a 37-32 defensive bout against Heppner to end the weekend.

Gervais ends the month of December on a high note, winning three of its past four games to improve to 3-5 on the season, including 1-1 against Tri-River opponents.

The Cougars will play next at the Crusader Classic New Year's Invitational hosted by Salem Academy High School on Jan. 2-4.

Kennedy wrestling

The Kennedy Trojans placed 10th out of 17 teams at the Bill Hagerty Invitational on Dec. 21.

Freshman Adam Beltran went 2-0 in his first career high school tournament, winning the 106-pound bracket to pace the Trojans. Beltran scored a 12-4 major decision over Taft's Kaden Byrum in the semifinals and pinned Newport's Addy Connor in 2:37 to win the bracket title.

Junior Cole Boen was the only other Trojan wrestler to place, going 4-1 in the 182-pound bracket to advance to the third place match, which he was forced to forfeit after hitting his five-match limit.

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