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Posted on Dec 28, 2018

Breakout season continues for Lady Jacks wrestlers

The Lady Jacks put another strong outing in their logbook, returning from Burbank’s Columbia High School with a thick ledger of wins.
Cynthia Diaz finished in first place at 120 lbs., and Shannon “Ducky” Workinger finished in third place at 145 lbs. The only wrestler that kept Workinger from a spot in the finals was Ephrata’s Mya Spencer, state runner-up last year.
Teamwise, Quincy finished in eighth place out of more than 20 teams. Othello took first, followed in the top 10 by Toppenish, Hanford, Washougal, Kennewick, Warden, Wapato, the Lady Jacks, Richland and Wahluke.
Diaz took first place after earning a first-round bye, and then pinning Ana Villafana of Royal in the match’s first round. Diaz then beat Washougal’s Aria Yang by third-round pin, and outpointed Alexia Hernandez of Warden in the finals 10-2.
Workinger started her day by defeating Hermiston’s (Ore.) Schae Borrego by first round pin. This is the first year Hermiston competes as a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
Workinger then beat Lacey Klopman of Washougal by first-round pin before her showdown with Spencer. The Tiger wrestler pinned Workinger in the third round en route to winning her bracket. The Quincy grappler rebounded by pinning Ida Sue Dick of Lake Roosevelt in the bronze-medal match.
Though no other Quincy wrestler placed, several of them earned at least one win.
At 105 lbs., Xochitl Tafoya won two matches, against Itzel Cardenas of Chewelah in the first round, and against Cecilia Hobbs of Kennewick in the consolation quarterfinals. Leslie Carrillo also competed in that weight class, and she won two matches, as well. The first one was in the first round of the consolation bracket, against Crystal Torres of Granger. The second one was in the third round of consolation, against Samantha Kirby of Southridge.
At 115 lbs., Gloria Ramirez won two matches. She beat Dessie Coleman of Kennewick in the first round of consolation, and then beat Mariah Melendez of Newport in the second round.
At 145 lbs., Juana Giron pinned Lana Hanni of Newport in the first round and then pinned Selene Velazquez in the second round of consolation.
At 155, Brianna Cordova beat Chewelah’s Dena Hoogenboom by first-round pin in a first-round match, and then Divinna Muñoz of Moses Lake in the second round of consolation matches.
The tournament also served as a launching pad for the career of freshman Iris Ramirez, who wrestled for the Lady Jacks for the first time. She finished 0-2 wrestling at 125 lbs. Fellow frosh Sofia Ramirez went 0-2 at 130 lbs.
“All in all, it was a pretty solid showing from our team once again,” head coach Devan Silva wrote in a text message. “Especially from a team so young.”
Next up for the Lady Jacks is their trip to the Girls Winter Cup Tournament at Hanford High School, the biggest tourney yet for the team. The Lady Jacks will take a lineup to match.
“Our lineup will be bigger than it has been all season,” Silva wrote. “And just in time for the great competition at Hanford.”
The Girls Winter Cup is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

By Sebastian Moraga,