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Posted on Jan 19, 2019

Two wrestlers place at Othello’s Lady Huskie Invite

Cynthia Diaz and Shannon Workinger placed among the best in their respective categories in the Lady Huskie Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Othello last weekend.
Diaz took sixth in the 115-lb. category and “Ducky” Workinger taking seventh in the 145-lb. Bracket.
Diaz had a first-round bye in a bracket described by head coach Devan Silva as a “who’s who” of ranked wrestlers. After the bye, she pinned Anjelique Alcala of Davis, in the second period. She then lost to Aaliyah Chavez of Sunnyside 5-2. In the consolation bracket, Diaz defeated Iyazely Barraza of Othello 4-3, and Rodriguez of Sunnyside 5-4 before losing to Jazmine Mercado of Pasco, 4-2, who went on to finish third. She then lost to Chavez again, 4-3, in the match for fifth place.
Workinger began by pinning Destiny Ross-Ledbetter of Eastmont in the first round, before losing 4-0 to Kennewick’s Aubreyan Asselin, who went on to finish second to Ephrata’s standout Mya Spencer.
In the consolation bracket, Workinger strung together three pins in a row, defeating Newport’s Lana Hanni (first period), Eisenhower’s Celeste Limon and Yelm’s Dasha Burnett (both in the second period), before losing to White River’s Alexandra Hernandez 4-2. She then ended her night by pinning Yelm’s A’Myrha Dylina-Syyan in the second period.
“Ducky always kicks butt,” Silva quipped, noting that the freshman still has plenty of room for improvement.
“If she wrestled in a match how she wrestles in the practice room, she would be storming through folks,” Silva said.
Two more wrestlers made it to the large tournament’s second day, Leslie Carrillo at 105 lbs. and Xochitl Tafoya at 100 lbs., but did not place, Silva said.
Tafoya defeated Linda Tellez of Connell in the first round of the tourney, before losing to Aaliyah Escamilla of Warden.
She then moved to the consolation bracket, where she beat Carla Muñoz of Prosser and Yuritzy Pimentel of Davis, before losing to Jocelyn Morales of Connell.
Carrillo lost to Jayden Mauckduff of Lynden in the first round, then defeated Lana Ali of Chiawana in her consolation bracket debut.
She then lost to Alyssa Lensen of Mount Baker.
“I was super delighted that Leslie made it to the second day, especially for a freshman and especially in a tournament like this,” Silva said.
Thirty teams, including one from Ontario, Ore., participated in the invitational tournament.
The tourney was Tafoya’s first at 100 lbs., Silva said, “and she looked excellent.”
He later added, “Size-wise, she’s a monster at 100,” he said. “She wrestled gals who are top-four in state and clearly outsized them.”
Next up for the Lady Jacks came a very busy week.
On Tuesday, they traveled to Okanogan for a mix-and-match.
Results of that tournament were not available prior to press time.
On Thursday, the team goes to Sunnyside and then on Saturday, the team travels to the Grandview Invitational.
“It’s bing-bang-boom,” Silva said. “Fast-paced. Lots of traveling (this) week so the kids are going to have to be on top of a lot of stuff. Time to rise ahead of the pack or fall behind.”

By Sebastian Moraga,