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Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Sports

Cynthia Diaz advances to state as alternate wrestler

This story was originally published Feb. 16, 2017

Sophomore Cynthia Diaz will attend the state wrestling tournament as an alternate, after finishing fifth in the 110-lb category in regionals.
Diaz competed in regionals at Mattawa’s Wahluke High School alongside freshman Brenda Salgado and senior Sahara Smith, with Josselinne Gonzalez as an alternate.
Diaz began her day with a loss by second-round pin to Cecilia Guillen of Sunnyside.
Then in the first round of the consolation bracket, Diaz defeated Othello’s Denise Guerra, 5-2 before dropping a tough match to Warden’s Mariah Garza, 8-1. The loss ended Diaz’s chances to qualify outright to state.
Diaz wrestled Guillen again for fifth place, with Diaz avenging her earlier loss with a 16-6 win.
“When it was on the line, she beat her 16-6, absolutely ripped her apart,” head coach Bill Clifton said.
Salgado wrestled at 155 lbs., and lost to Pasco’s Natalie Hall by first-round pin. Hall went on to win the regional title.
Then, Salgado lost to Royal City’s Marisa De La Rosa, by second-round pin.
“She’s a freshman and she made freshman mistakes,” Clifton said. “When you go up against girls with far more experience than you, you can’t anticipate the moves that they can.”
Sahara Smith wrestled at 135 lbs. for the Jacks, and started by losing 13-7 to Iliana Tamez of Ellensburg, before losing to Maite Sanchez of Highland, 5-3.
“She had looked at the clock and thought the score was 5-5,” Clifton said. “She thought she was just going to wait until the last couple of seconds and get the takedown. She shot and got the takedown but she was running out of time.”
Clifton said he was happy to see Diaz make it as an alternate.
“For her to walk into that dome, see the size of the dome, all the mats on the floor and see that dome full, it will be an incentive for her,” he said.

Sebastian Moraga, qvprsports@gmail.com

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