Wrestling: Gervais' Zepeda places second at Pleasant Hill
Freshman Alexys Zepeda led the Cougar wrestling team at the King of the Hill Tournament on Saturday, hosted at Pleasant Hill High School.
Zepeda placed second in the 120-pound bracket, advancing to the championship match with a 13-3 major decision over Glide's Riley Reddick.
She was beaten in the finals by Central Linn's Hunter McIrvin by 6-1 decision.
It was the second tournament in a row in which the first-year wrestler advanced to the finals. Zepeda wrapped up 2017 with a second-place finish at the Bob Bishop Invitational on Dec. 30.
Teammate Jonathan Cruz also placed at Pleasant Hill, bouncing back from a loss in the 138-pound quarterfinals to fight his way toward a fourth-place finish.
After falling by 20-6 major decision to open the tournament, Cruz won his next two matches by pinfall in the second round to advance to the third-place match against Jacob House of Douglas.
Cruz went on to fall by 12-5 decision.
Other Gervais wrestlers included Zamir Cortes (145 pounds) and Fabian Santos (170), who each went 0-2 in the tournament.
Kennedy freshman Mateo Marrow led the Trojans at the Santiam Christian Screamin' Eagle Tournament on Saturday after advancing to the championship match of the 106-pound bracket.
Marrow scored wins over Jared Egbert of Monroe and Connor Williams of Corvallis to face Ryan Vidlak of Cascade Christian, falling in the first round of the finals to place second.
Teammates Bryce Vandervort (170 pounds) and Camryn Biegel (195) each took home sixth place in their respective brackets.
Vandervort fell in his opening match, but won his next two to advance to the placing rounds.
Biegel won his opening match against Soren Sorensen of Sprague to advance to the semifinals before falling against his final three opponents to finish the day.
Kennedy's final wrestler, Carlos Saravia (120) went 0-2 overall.