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Garcia, Ortega, Salazar place at Regional meet

Lady Lions
The Lady Lions finished 21 st in the 36-team field, at the Region 1-5A meet in El Paso on Friday and Saturday.
Vernon’s Juanita Salazar (19-6) placed 5th at 95-class and and scored 12.0 team points as she won four matches at Region. After falling in her opening match, to Jamiyah Blount-Taylor of Amarillo, Salazar reeled off three straingt wins to reach the Consolation semifinals where she lost by a fall,. In the 5th Place Match Salazar won in sudden victory over Destiny Castillo of Hereford 9-17
At 119, Melanie Villeda (16-4) scored 3.0 team points with one win. In the Consolidation round, Villedawon by fall over Kassandra Fierro (El Paso Del Valle) at 2:20.
At 128, Jairy Vasquez (6-7) scored 3.0 team points with one win. In the Consolation Round, Vasquez won by fall over Brianda Castillo (El Paso Hanks) at 1:46.
At 148, Kellan Byars (16-9) scored 6.0 team points with two wins. In Consolation Round 1, Byars won by fall over Alyssa Garcia (El Paso Andress) at 0:36. In Cons. Round 2 Byars won by fall over Aseret Miranda (Horizon at 2:55.
Vernon Lions
The Vernon Lions finished 26th in the 38-team field at the Region 1-5A meet in El Paso on Friday and Saturday. Kian Garcia took fourth place at 285 and Sebastian Ortega took 6th at 126.
Kian Garcia (9-3) placed 4th and scored 14.0 team points for his four wins.
Garcia opened with a win by fall over Zachary Gimble (El Paso Chapin) at 0:35. In the Quarterfinal, Garcia won by a 7-1 decision over Janssen Davis (Hereford). Garcia lost by a fall in the semifinal. In the Cons. Semi Garcia won in the ultimate tie breaker 3-2 over Matheson Rodriquez (Amarillo). Garcia lost in the 3rd place match by fall. In the 4th Place Match, Garcia won by no contest over Matheson Rodriquez (Amarillo).
Sebastien Ortega (18-11) placed 6th and scored 11.5 team points.
Ortega lost his first match the reeled off three straight wins. Ortega won by fall over Jusn Bancini (Horizon) at 0:36, won by fall over Miguel Zaragoza (El Dorado) at 3:24, and won by tech fall over Jacob Perez (El Paso Hanks) at 4:21. Ortega lost by fall in the fifth place match Saturday.
Jaden Martinez (11-8) scored 1.0 team points with a win at 120-pounds..
Martinez won by decision over Kaden LaCrone (El Paso Burges) 9-3 in his second match of the event.
Jayden Robledo competed at 132-pounds. Isreal Espinoza, Ash Lay and Greg Newton were alternates to the meet.

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