By Sebastian Moraga

Four members of the Quincy High School girls’ wrestling team placed at the always tough Warden Invite last weekend.

The team took seven wrestlers to the tournament.

“Smaller group but still got it done,” Quincy head coach Devan Silva said.

At 125 lbs. Gloria Ramirez finished as the bracket’s runner-up.

After a first-round bye. Ramirez pinned Haliyah Yañez of Davis in the first round, and Ephrata’s Leslie Sanchez-Guerrero in the second round, advancing to the finals. Gloria Diaz of Eastmont pinned Ramirez in the first round to thwart Ramirez’ bid for first place.

At 135 lbs. Michelle Acevedo “kicked a lot of butt,” as Silva put it, finishing third.

After a first-round bye, Acevedo took her match against Prosser Yoanna Garcia due to injury. Then, she lost to Toppenish’s Ruby Clark, which dropped Acevedo into the consolation bracket.

Acevedo then defeated Jesyca Agee of Kiona-Benton, by first-round pin, and Ephrata’s Kadie McMullen by second-round pin.

At 155, Alba Palacios took fifth place, losing in the first round to Bethsabee Juarez of Toppenish, which dropped her into the consolation bracket. After a first-round bye, she made quick work of freshman Mia Toscono of Davis with a first-round pin, and Eisenhower’s Alysa Lee, with a second-round pin. She then lost to eventual third-place finisher Celeste Limon of Eisenhower, which set up a rematch with Juarez for fifth-place. The Quincy grappler prevailed this time, with a third-round pin.

At 115 lbs, Leslie Carrillo took fifth place, with a 4-3 win over Kamiakin’s Joally Ortiz, and a semifinal loss to Jada Hernandez of Warden, which dropped her into the consolation bracket. Then, she lost to Warden’s Alona Castro, before winning her match against McKell Johns of Ephrata, due to injury.

Next up for the Lady Jacks is a trip to Grandview for a tourney Tuesday. Results weren’t available prior to press time. Then Friday, it’s the first two-day tournament of the season, the prestigious Best of the West tourney in Pasco.

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