Ellison wrestling

The Ellison girls wrestling team finished first in the Cibole Steele Lady Knight Invitational on Nov. 16. 

With only seven available wrestlers, the Ellison girls captured first place at the Cibolo Steele Lady Knight Invitational on Nov. 16.

Marisol Lopez, who qualified for the state tournament last season as a freshman, picked up where she left off, winning the 165-pound division. She cruised to the final with three straight pins, then took a 12-8 decision over Smithson Valley's Sage Benca.

Four other Lady Eagles placed in the top three of their divisions.

Senior Marissa Cano, another returning state qualifier, won the 138 division. After a first-round bye, Cano won with a pin and technical fall (19-4) to reach the final, where she lost to Smithson Valley's Isabella Ruiz 7-3.

In the 185 bracket, junior Ayanna Bess won with a pin in the quarterfinals, then advanced to the championship in a disqualification. She was pinned in the final by San Antonio Madison's Courtney Kempf.

Senior Valerie Ramos was also a runner-up in the 215 division. Ramos received a bye in the semifinals and won by fall. She was pinned in the final by Steele's Traeh Haynes.

Ellison freshman Alexis Hanks, competing in her first tournament, placed third in the 119-pound division.

Hanks pinned her first two opponents before getting pinned herself in the semifinals by San Antonio Johnson's Melissa Villareal.

Hanks bounced back by pinning Madison's Stephanie Buenteo in the consolation semis, then scored a 9-5 win over Steele's Alyssa Silva in the third-place match.

Ellison's Olivia Fischer went 1-2 in the 148 bracket.

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