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Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Quincy Lady Jacks play it safe as wrestling postseason looms

A smart approach by the Quincy girls wrestling team may pay dividends once the postseason starts.
With several wrestlers nursing “ouchies and acheys,” as head coach Devan Silva put it, the Lady Jacks are fulfilling the requirements of their schedule, all the while sitting out their ailing wrestlers and giving much-needed mat time to the rest.
The team took only five wrestlers to Othello on Jan. 22.
“There’s inflammations, there’s impact injuries, there’s all kinds of stuff,” Silva said. Iris Ramirez, Shannon Workinger, Abigail Castillo, Kimberly Gonzalez and Xochitl Tafoya took to the mat against the Huskies, winning two and losing three, but looking good overall.

The Lady Jacks’ Xochitl Tafoya (top) wrestling against an Othello Huskie grappler on Jan. 22 in Othello. Tafoya has become “a completely different wrestler from who she was at the start of the season,” Quincy head coach Devan Silva said.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Assistant coach Gabe Martinez filled in for Silva at Othello, and praised the team’s attitude, despite the empty seats on the bus.
“We did good out on the mat,” he said. “I wish we did a couple of things better, but we still got a couple of weeks to work out the kinks.”
Despite the short lineups, and the little details, the team is wrestling well. Last weekend, the team took six wrestlers to a 33-team tournament in Grandview and still managed to place three wrestlers and finish 11th.
“The improvement is right where we want to see it,” Silva said.
Lastly, Silva emphasized the importance of mat time, regardless of the stack of forfeits.
“We have been on the receiving end of it,” he said. “On the last home dual we were supposed to have, Wapato was supposed to show up and they said ‘No, we are not going to show up because we only have four or five wrestlers.’ You can do that, but it’s almost like saying, ‘Those four or five kids, usually pretty young kids, are they not worth giving any mat time to?’ To heck with that, we are going to go out there and give each and every one of them as many matches as we can and they are going to wrestle, because that’s what is going to make them better.”
The rest of the team have sat a few matches out, seeking to recuperate in time for the postseason and hopefully, for some of them, Senior Night.
Senior Night is this Friday, and the plan is to have a bigger lineup by then.
“For the home dual we are bringing a few back,” Silva said, pointing out the wishes of a certain veteran wrestler.
“Cynthia (Diaz) is going to wrestle at her own Senior Night, c’mon,” he said. Diaz has been battling a shoulder injury but is unlikely to miss out on Senior Night.
Then it’s off to districts or “sub-regionals” as they are called in girls wrestling, the following weekend, at Eastmont High School in East Wenatchee.
“The season has already been a success. Now it’s where we see how much of a success we can make it,” Silva said.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com