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Quincy tournament sees huge turnout of schools

by Rebecca Pettingill
Staff Writer | January 17, 2022 1:00 AM

QUINCY — The Quincy Bring Home Da Beef tournament saw 26 schools from around Washington on Saturday.

The tournament was for girls wrestling teams at Quincy High School. Many of the participating schools were supposed to go to a tournament in Kelso the week before, but it was canceled and they pivoted to Quincy instead.

Among the more than two dozen schools that turned out, four Columbia Basin Schools finished in the top five for team scores. Coming out on top was Toppenish High School, followed by Moses Lake High School, Othello High School, Quincy High School and finally Royal High School.

Moses Lake’s second-place finish was really impressive because the team has only eight wrestlers.

Of those eight, six placed in the top six in their weight categories. Junior Bianca Johnson and sophomore Ashley Dayana Naranjo took home first places in the 125- and 120-pound weight classes, respectively. Junior Jhaile De Guzman took second, freshman Katelyn Rodriguez and junior Kathryn Pugh took fourth, and sophomore Gabriela Vela took fifth.

“Each of our wrestlers showed a lot of growth despite having duals, and tournaments canceled the past two weeks due to the weather and COVID. We’re happy to take home a second-place team finish this weekend, but we know tomorrow we’re moving forward and focusing on next week’s opponents,” MLHS head coach David Peralez said.

Thirty-five total Columbia Basin wrestlers took home top six placements in the 15 different weight classes, five of those first place. Along with Naranjo and Johnson from Moses Lake, Jada Hernandez of Warden, Alondra Morales of Royal and Shannon Workinger of Quincy all took home first place in their weight classes.

The full list of results from the tournament can be found at www.trackwrestling.com, by searching for Bring Home Da Beef.

Rebecca Pettingill can be reached at rpettingill@columbiabasinherald.com.

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An Othello High School wrestler works to pin a Cashmere High School opponent during the Quincy Bring Home Da Beef tournament on Saturday.

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A Hanford High School wrestler puts a Moses Lake High School opponent in a headlock during the Quincy tournament on Jan. 15.

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Moses Lake High School junior Kathryn Pugh wrestles at Quincy on Saturday at the Quincy Bring Home Da Beef tournament.