Marshall advances to day three at state tournament

Submitted photo – Hoopa’s Gerard Marshall, center.

Hoopa’s Gerard Marshall continued to represent the H-DNL well at the state wrestling championships on Friday, winning two straight matches to remain in the hunt in the consolation bracket.

After going 1-1 on the opening day, the junior heavyweight moved into the consolation bracket on Saturday and was victorious in back-to-back elimination matches.

Marshall opened the day with a win by default over Alec Dansby out of Buchannan High School, and followed that with a 2-1 decision over Jerry Witty from San Pedro.

Marshall will now wrestle in the consolation bracket round of eight on Saturday when he faces off against Christian Smith from Clovis.

Three other H-DNL wrestlers were also in action at the state tournament on Friday, with two of them posting wins.

Arcata junior Joshua Hannan bounced back from an opening-round loss at 126 pounds on Thursday to win two straight matches in the consolation bracket on Friday, before finally bowing out in the round of 16.

Hannan finished the tournament 2-2, an impressive showing for the H-DNL standout, who won with a pair of decisions, 15-0 and 9-3.

He lost to Jacob Perez out of Monache High in Porterville.

Del Norte’s Savannah Williams also won in the girls 131 consolation bracket on Saturday, bouncing back form an opening-day loss to defeat Mia Meno out of Lemoore High with a pin.

Williams lost in the consolation bracket round of 16, but a 1-2 record at the state meet was a noteworthy showing and a great way for the senior to close out an impressive high school career.

Eureka freshman Lucia Romero also wrestled on Friday, losing to Micaela Mullan from El Camino High to bow out of the tournament.

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