Lady Jacks wrestlers outmuscle cats and ‘Dogs
The Quincy Lady Jacks wrestling team welcomed Okanogan Bulldogs and Tonasket Tigers to a hodge-podgey night of wrestling on Jan. 25.
Neither team brought a contingent large enough to field a full team against the Quincy squad.
So in order to skip spending an evening declaring forfeits left and right, the teams suited up and wrestled Quincy in what the Lady Jacks’ head coach termed something in between a double-dual and a mix-and-match.
It was also Senior Night for the team’s lone 12th-grader, Cynthia Diaz, who overcame a shoulder injury to suit up for her last matches at home in a Quincy singlet.
Regardless of what you call it, Silva is calling it a success. More Quincy wrestlers got mat time, and they made the most of it, he added, beating both schools.
“We did very well,” he said.
Diaz went 2-0, as did Shannon Workinger. Gloria Ramirez went 1-0, and Kimberly Gonzalez went 1-1.
Besides Diaz, at least two other Lady Jacks wrestlers participated after sitting out with injuries.
Ramirez also suited up, after a few days on the sidelines, nursing a tender ankle.
Brenda Salgado also returned, after missing a road dual against Othello last week.
“She’s hurting a little bit, but that kid’s just tough,” Silva said.
Salgado went 0-1 on the day.
Xochitl Tafoya also showed some toughness, wrestling at 100 lbs. and giving up at least 10 pounds to her opponent, who beat her on points.
“She went all three rounds,” Silva said of Tafoya. “Xochi is a good little wrestler.”
Tafoya also went 0-1. Abigail Castillo went 0-2, and Iris Ramirez went 0-1.
Next up for the Quincy Lady Jacks is districts, or sub-regionals as they call it in girls wrestling.
This year, the first round of post-season bouts happens at East Wenatchee’s Eastmont High School, starting Friday, Feb. 1, and lasting into Feb. 2.
“For some of our younger wrestlers, I want to see as many (of them) as possible make it to Day 2,” Silva said.
Wrestling begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
“Everybody is looking great,” Silva said. “Everybody is definitely ready for districts.”
At the same time, the first-year coach of the Lady Jacks said he would take things one day at a time with his squad, reassessing his team’s goals after the first day of districts ends.
Silva said he doesn’t want his team to go into districts thinking about state.
Instead, Silva said he wants them thinking about their first match, then their second and so on.
“The goal for Day 1 is to make it to Day 2. The goal for Day 2 is to go (all out), and make it to the next week.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org