Woodcreek freshman Mason wins section regional wrestling title

Sophomore teammate Thomas will join her at state championships
By: Staff Report
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Freshman Lauren Mason and sophomore Marissa Thomas will represent Woodcreek High School in the CIF Girls State Invitational Championships.

Mason won the 103-pound championship at the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Tournament, and Thomas was the runner-up at 108 pounds Saturday at McNair High School in Stockton.

“We had a great showing,” Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said.

Mason recorded three pins before winning a 15-10 decision over two-time state medalist Sarah Phillips of Manteca-East Union.

Mason was pinned by Phillips in a previous match this season, but she scored a reversal and led Phillips 9-6 entering the third period. Mason clinched the victory with a takedown and near-fall in the third period.

Thomas won on a technical fall and a pin, and she advanced to the final with a 4-1 decision.

Like Mason and Phillips, Thomas lost a previous match to final-round opponent Gurleen Chahal of Livingston. Battling an illness, Thomas avoided a pin in the third period but lost a 4-1 decision.

“In the finals, it was a tense atmosphere going into each match,” Doug Mason said. “Marissa fought hard for at least a minute and did not get pinned. Considering her health, this was a great effort from Marissa. Taking second at the girls masters is quite an accomplishment.”

Also, Jade Larson-Iacovino of Oakmont went 2-2 at 154 pounds. Her two wins came via pin.

Madison Fitzgerald of Whitney won the 122-pound class, and Olivia Seppini of Rocklin claimed the 126-pound title. Gabby Eslinger of Lincoln placed second at 114, and Terrie Tran of Whitney was sixth at 98.

The state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 in Lemoore.