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Rule Changes for the 2019-2020 Season

Rumor has it Head Coverings are a Thing of the Past… not so Fast

The NFHS, the organization that oversees the wrestling rules CIF uses, has released its rule changes for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Below you will find the changes. Removed language will be crossed out. Added language will be in red.

4-1-1a

The rule that deals with what a legal uniform consists of will now read:

A one-piece singlet cut no lower in the back or front than the level of the armpits and under the arms no lower than one-half the distance between the armpit and belt line. A suitable undergarment, which completely covers the buttocks and groin area, shall be worn under a one-piece singlet. Any other undergarment worn under the one-piece singlet which extends beyond the inseam shall be tight-fitting and shall not extend below the knee. The one-piece singlet may be worn with full-length tights with stirrups. Any other undergarment worn under the one-piece singlet which extends beyond the inseam shall be tight-fitting and shall not extend below the knee. The one-piece singlet shall be school-issued.

NOTE: Female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a form-fitted compression suitable undergarment that completely covers their breasts.

Reason: Currently, there is no specific requirement for what a wrestler wears under a singlet. Light colored or white singlets become transparent if an undergarment is not worn underneath. This creates a modesty concern that athletes are revealing more than is appropriate.

4-4-1b

A legal uniform consists of:

b. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall…snaps, buttons or pockets. A suitable undergarment, which completely covers the buttocks and groin area must shall be worn under shorts designed for wrestling and compression shorts. Shorts designed for wrestling may be worn over the singlet. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling may be worn with a form-fitted compression shirt. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall be school-issued.

Reason: suitable undergarments are required to be worn under shorts designed for wrestling and compression shorts. The previous version of the rule did not require such undergarments.

4-1-1c

The next change adds language to the following rule:

NOTE: Female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a suitable undergarment that covers their breasts and minimizes the risk of exposure. All contestants wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a suitable undergarment which completely covers the buttocks and groin area.

Reason: By adding additional language to minimize the risk of exposure, it will raise the expectation that the suitable undergarment should provide coverage and support during competition.

4-1-3

Rule 4-1-3 has had changes to the language as well as a penalty added for violating the rule:

Wrestlers shall wear light heelless wrestling shoes, reaching above the ankles. If the shoes have laces, the laces shall either be taped to
the shoe or secured by a locking device on the wrestling shoe in an
acceptable fashion
. If laces are visible, they shall be secured in an acceptable fashion. If the shoe laces come undone the penalty would be an automatic stalling call.

(NOTE: acceptable secure fashion could be double knotting of the laces)

Reason: This rule holds the coach and wrestler accountable to verification that they have come to the mat properly equipped. This also allows the usage of double knotting of the laces as another way to secure the shoes.

4-1-4

The change deals with branding on ear guards. The rule now reads:

Wrestlers shall wear wrestling ear guards designed by the manufacturer for the sport of wrestling that are rigid and padded, which provide:

a. adequate ear protection;
b. no injury hazard to the opponent; and,
c. an adjustable locking device to prevent it from coming off or turning
on the wrestler’s head.

Any manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference that appears on the wrestling ear guards including legal hair covering can be no more than 2 1/4 square inches with no dimension more than 2 1/4 inches and may appear no more than once on ear guards. No additional manufacturer’s logo/trademark or promotional reference shall be allowed on the wrestling ear guard.

Reason: The intent of NFHS Rule 4 is to maintain the sanctity of the wrestler’s uniform and ear guards by not allowing impractical images that detract from school-issued equipment and uniforms.

4-2-1

The rule deals with hair and will now read:

During competition all wrestlers shall be clean shaven, with sideburns trimmed no lower than earlobe level. Hair trimmed and well groomed The hair in its natural state, shall not extend below the top of an ordinary shirt collar in the back; and on the sides, the hair shall not extend below earlobe level; in the front, the hair shall not extend below the eyebrows. (Photos 2-3) A neatly trimmed mustache that does not extend below the line of the lower lip shall be permissible. If an individual has hair longer than allowed by rule, it may be braided, or rolled if it is it shall be contained in a cover so that the hair rule is satisfied. (Photo 4) Physical hair treatment items that are hard and /or abrasive such as (beads, bobby pins, barrettes, pins, hair clips, etc. or any other hair control device) shall not be permitted. A legal hair- controlled device such as rubber band(s) shall be secured so as not to come out readily during wrestling. The legal cover shall be attached to the ear guards…at the site. If an individual has facial hair, it must shall be covered with a face mask. All legal hair covers and face masks will be considered as special equipment. If an individual’s hair is as abrasive as an unshaved face, the individual shall be required to shave the head as smooth as a face is required, or wear a legal hair cover.

Reason: The terms trimmed and well-groomed, as well as the description the hair in its natural state, have been removed as the term well-groomed is extremely subjective and there is no standard to meet such an arbitrary expectation.

There has also been in addition to the rule, dealing with hair treatment: Physical hair treatment items that are hard and /or abrasive such as (beads, bobby pins, barrettes, pins, hair clips, etc. or any other hair control device) shall not be permitted. A legal hair- controlled device such as rubber band(s) shall be secured so as not to come out readily during wrestling.

There has been speculation, that this rule change does away with head coverings. This is not true as the requirement for hair covers is still present in the rule

4-3-5

The rule now bans leg and arm sleeves:

Wrestlers may shall not wear wristbands, sweatbands, bicep bands or leg or arm sleeves that do not contain a pad during a match.

Reason: There is no purpose or function for use of a leg or arm sleeve that does not contain a pad for protection. There is no peer review data or research to support their existence. They are intrusive and do not properly fit all wrestlers.

4-5-7

The rule now requires female wrestlers to wear a suitable form fitted compression undergarment that completely covers their breasts during weigh-ins.

All contestants shall weigh-in wearing a suitable undergarment that completely covers the buttocks and the groin area. Female contestants must shall also wear a suitable form fitted compression suitable undergarment that completely covers their breasts. Contestants may wear low cut socks that cannot be removed or added if the wrestlers do not make weight.

Reason: the NFHS believes females wrestlers should use a foundation garment that provides appropriate coverage and support.

5-25-2

A takedown shall be awarded when one or both knees of the defensive wrestler are touching the mat beyond reaction time or when the defensive wrestler’s legs or torso are controlled and the majority of the wrestler’s weight is supported by his hands. (photo 31) wrestler’s hand(s) touch the mat beyond reaction time.

Reason: the change eliminates a double standard that was created when the definition of a takedown was revised last year (majority of the wrestler’s weight is supported by his hands.) By removal of the “majority of the wrestler’s weight” criteria, the need for the official to make a judgmental call on weight bearing extremities is eliminated.

5-27-1a

There are five types of technical violations. Each is penalized without warning as outlined in Rule 7-3.

a. Intentionally going out of the wrestling area or forcing an opponent out of the wrestling area to avoid an imminent scoring situation.

Reason: The addition builds upon last year’s rule change, where pushing and pulling your opponent out of bounds in the neutral position is stalling. This year’s rule change will clarify that intentionally going off the mat or forcing your opponent off the mat to avoid wrestling would be stalling.)

7-3-1

Going out of the wrestling area or forcing an opponent out of the wrestling area, by either wrestler at any time as a means of avoiding wrestling an imminent scoring situation, is a technical violation fleeing the mat. Both wrestlers should make every effort to remain inbounds. When the referee feels that either wrestler has failed to make every effort to stay inbounds during an imminent scoring situation, the offending wrestler shall be penalized for fleeing the mat. There can be no technical violation of fleeing the mat if near-fall points have been earned.

Reason: With the language change if a wrestler leaves the wrestling area or forces the opponent off the wrestling area to avoid an imminent scoring situation the referee’s call must be fleeing and the offending wrestler will be penalized a point. Going out of bounds or pushing an opponent out of bounds when not in an imminent scoring situation would be stalling and only warrant a warning for the first violation and a point for the second violation.

7-6-6d

It is stalling when either wrestler:

Sub-articles a-c remain the same.

d. Shoelaces become undone

Reason: It is now considered stalling if a wrestler’s shoelaces become undone.

8-1-3

Penalties and Warnings are cumulative throughout the match. Each infraction has its specific penalty. The penalty for an illegal hold/maneuver, technical violation (except false start or incorrect starting position), unnecessary roughness and wrestler’s unsportsmanlike conduct in the match is awarding the opponent of the offender one match point on the first and second offenses and two match points on the third offense. A fourth offense shall result in disqualification. The first call for stalling will receive a warning prior to the opponent of the offender being awarded a match point. The first two calls for a false start or incorrect starting position will be receive cautions. Following the two cautions, one match point will be awarded to the opponent of the offender for each subsequent violation. (See Penalty Chart)

Reason: the change removes stalling from the progressive penalty sequence. Which will allow referees to call stalling more frequently without the complications that come with it, when combined with other penalties where four offenses will end in the wrestler’s disqualification.

8-1-4

Warnings and Penalties for stalling are cumulative throughout the match and are penalized independent of the progressive penalty chart. On the first offense the wrestler will receive a warning. The opponent of the offender will be awarded one match point on the second and third offense, two match points and choice of position on the next restart for the fourth offense. A fifth offense shall result in disqualification. (See Penalty Chart)

Reason: the new rule goes more into detail as to how stalling is penalized as its own independent violation: Warnings and Penalties for stalling are cumulative throughout the match and are penalized independent of the progressive penalty chart.

8-2-4a, b1,2,3

a. Any contestant who exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the match and shall not return to competition until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. (See NFHS Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussion in Sports, in Appendix B.)

b. The following modifications to injury time-outs will be used in all competition regarding injuries to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or nervous system:

(1) In the absence of appropriate health-care professional, (physician and/or certified athletic trainer) all injuries to the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous system will be covered by the same time frame as other injuries. (See 5-28-6, 8-2-1)

(2) When appropriate health-care professional(s) are present, they have jurisdiction to extend the allowed time limit to a maximum of five (5) minutes for evaluation of the injuries to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or nervous systems only, at which time the athlete would be required to prepare without delay for continuation or default the match.

(3) A second occurrence of injury to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or central nervous system in the same match shall require the wrestler to default the match.

NOTE: When this provision is used, the time consumed for the injury will in no way affect time used, or available, for other types of injuries.

Reasons: changes address new procedures when dealing with potential concussions:

9-2-2f

In dual-meet competition, if teams have identical scores, the following team tie-breaking system shall be used to determine the winner.

Criteria a-e remain the same.

f. The team giving up the least number of forfeits.

Criteria shall be re-labeled through q.

Reason: a sixth criteria has been added for deciding the winner of dual meets when both teams have identical scores.

Official Signal

28 Tapping the front of the head with a balled-up fist of either hand to indicate that the five (5) minute Head/Neck/Cervical Column Evaluation time is to begin.

Reason: a new signal has been introduced for officials to indicate that the head/neck/cervical column evaluation time has begun.

So what do you think about the rule changes for the upcoming season? If you would like a copy of the rule changes click here.

2019 CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships Placers

Well, wrestling at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships concluded a few minutes ago. The medal ceremonies should be taking place at the time that I am typing. Hopefully this year, as there were 32-wrestler brackets, all eight placer will receive a medal, and not just the top sic like in the past.

There were some surprises and some things that transpired exactly as expected, both on and off the mat. Some people seem to have loved this year’s format, while others hated every last bit of it. I’m sure there will be improvements made, if not outright changes. Whatever the state office decides to do next year, expect grumblings from all quarters.

As usual, the quality of wrestling has improved this year over last year’s. And yes, there is still a visibly apparent drop-off in skill level between the top-tier wrestlers and the rest. But I truly believe that the margin is shrinking.

There had been concerns that the addition of wrestlers to the brackets would dilute the quality of wrestling. But I think the opposite is true, just look at the LACS which last year, with 14 wrestlers, had five placers and this year with 42, finished with ten!

San Fernando Wins the Team Title!

As had been predicted by some quarter (California Girls Wrestling Podcast, I’m looking at you), this year’s winner came out of the LA City Section and it was in fact San Fernando with a total of 104 points. Second place went to Menlo Atherton with 92 points. Third place, went to the other candidate to win the team title, Birmingham, which finished with 76 points.

A list of team placement and points for the top twenty teams follows. SoCal teams are in blue font:

1 San Fernando (LACS) 104
2 Menlo Atherton (CCS) 92
3 Birmingham (LACS) 76
4 Albany (NCS) 71
5 Northview (SS) 61
6 Norte Vista (SS) 55

7 McClatchy (SJS) 54
8 Monroe (LACS) 49
9 Arroyo (NCS) 45
10 Corona (SS) 44

10 Selma (CS) 44
12 La Costa Canyon (SDS) 43
12 Walnut (SS) 43

14 Liberty (NCS) 42
14 Orland (SJS) 42
14 Silver Creek (CCS) 42
17 Beaumont (SS) 41
18 Mt Whitney (CS) 40.5
19 Westminster (SS) 39
20 Bella Vista (SJS) 38

Individual Results

Congratulations to all the placers! It’s been a long, hard road for all of the athletes that participated but the group listed below were able to push their bodies and wills that one additional moment and that may very well have made all the difference. Regardless of how you did it, you deserve the final outcome! Enjoy it while you can, CA-USA Wrestling Folkstyle and Freestyle State Championships are right around the corner.

101 Lbs
1 Cristelle Rodriguez – Buchanon (CS)
2 Sofia Martinez – Ayala (SS)
3 Hailey Ward – Turlock (SJS)
4 Mikayla Guevarra – Amador Valley (NCS)
5 Melissa Lee – Fremont (CCS)
6 Karen Salais – Calexico (SDS)
7 Chelsy Mendoza – Selma (CS)
8 Jacqueline Hernandez – Frontier (CS)

106 Lbs
1 Leah Gaitan – Yucaipa (SS)
2 Justine Barredo – Walnut (SS)

3 Adrienna Turner – Davis (SJS)
4 Viviana Garcia – San Fernando (LACS)
5 Artemisia Matera – Albany (NCS)
6 Genesis Quirarte – Ridgeview (CS)
7 Makayla Breceda – Norco (SS)
8 Miranda DiBenedetto – Folsom (SJS)

111 Lbs
1 Jennifer Soto – Orland (SJS)
2 Mikayla Vega – Escalon (SJS)
3 Aliyah Rollins – Birmingham (LACS)
4 Danielle Garcia – Corona (SS)
5 Alexis Medina – Northview (SS)

6 Valeree Ornelas – Clovis (CS)
7 Maya Letona – Santa Cruz (CCS)
8 Riha Prasad – Santa Monica (SS)

116 Lbs
1 Monica Garcia – Norte Vista (SS)
2 Desinee Lopez – Folsom (SJS)
3 Charlotte Kouyoumtjian – Monache (CS)
4 Rebecca Drown – Norco (SS)
5 Alisha Narvaez – Arroyo (NCS)
6 Kaiani Kenney – Durham (SJS)
7 Heavynne Jerez – Westminster (SS)
8 Juliana Cubias – Aliso Niguel (SS)

121 Lbs
1 Adriana Lopez – Upper Lake (NCS)
2 Ashley Venagas – Mt. Whitney (CS)
3 Evelyn Calhoon – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
4 Melanie Mendoza – Selma (CS)
5 Katie Gomez – Birmingham (LACS)
6 Cora Johnson-Woessner – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
7 Samantha Barragan – Hemet (SS)
8 Kameron Sudol – Yorba Linda (SS)

126 Lbs
1 Cindy Zepeda – Palm Springs (SS)
2 Kelly Escamilla – California (SS)

3 Emily Se – Oak Ridge (SJS)
4 Niya Gaines – Bear Creek (SJS)
5 Nile Jernigan – Cerritos (SS)
6 Angie Bautista – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
7 Dyanna Gutierrez – Armijo (SJS)
8 Natalia Urbas – Albany (NCS)

131 Lbs
1 Cheyenne Bowman – Rowland (SS)
2 Mary Lopez – Liberty (NCS)
3 Tiera Jimerson – Northview (SS)
4 Adaugo Nwachukwu – Silver Creek (CCS)
5 Mikaela Contreras – El Camino (CCS)
6 Athena Willden – Oak Hills (SS)
7 Phonisha Pruitt – Lincsoln (SDS)

8 Emily Alderman – Bella Vista (SJS)

137 Lbs
1 Dalia Garibay – Freedom (NCS)
2 Aine Drury – Westminster (SS)
3 Faalia Martinez – Oakdale (SJS)
4 Joanna Qiu – Albany (NCS)
5 Sophie Muse – Mcclatchy (SJS)
6 Anahi Moreno – Mt Whitney (CS)
7 Hazel Sunnarborg – Morro Bay (CS)
8 Sydney Barrios – San Pedro (LACS)

143 Lbs
1 Lillian Freitas – Pitman (SJS)
2 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando (LACS)
3 Francesca Lopresti – Albany (NCS)
4 Samantha Utter – Maria Carrillo (NCS)
5 Juliana Bricarello – Beaumont (SS)
6 Gracie Goldsmith-Ding – Argonaut (SJS)
7 Maicie Lockyer – Del Oro (SJS)
8 Paola Sanabria – Silverado (SS)

150 Lbs
1 Amit Elor – College Park (NCS)
2 Maddie Konopka – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
3 Melanie Bacher – Norte Vista (SS)

4 Shareni Donis – South (CS)
5 Michelle Kamyshin – River City (SJS)
6 Hannah Ricioli – El Molino (NCS)
7 Cheyenne Williams – Eleanor Roosevelt (SS)
8 Jazmin Segura – Tustin (SS)

170 Lbs
1 Alia Abushi – Arroyo (NCS)
2 Adelina Parra – San Fernando (LACS)
3 Baoanh Duncan – Clovis (CS)
4 Liliana Vergara – Gregori (SJS)
5 Amara Devericks – Corona (SS)
6 America Lopez – Valencsia/V (SS)

7 Xanaysis Real – Mclane (CS)
8 Vianeth Jimenez – Birmingham (LACS)

160 Lbs
1 Yelena Makoyed – Bella Vista (SJS)
2 Ariana Pereira – Newark Memorial (NCS)
3 Jerzie Estrada – Birmingham (LACS)
4 Tia Barfield – Bishop (CS)
5 Chamira Cooper – Cerritos (SS)
6 Alexa Garcia – Sierra (SJS)
7 Abby Ericson – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
8 Ehireme Ohens – Stockdale (CS)

189 Lbs
1 Folashade Akinola – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
2 Jasmin Clarke – Kelseyville (NCS)
3 Juliannah Bolli – Silver Creek (CCS)
4 Joanna Hendricks – Beaumont (SS)
5 Angela Buenrrostro – Monroe (LACS)
6 Melissa Moreno – Beckman (SS)

7 Aracely Rendon-gomez – Eureka (NCS)
8 Madlyne Navarro – El Camino (SDS)

235 Lbs
1 Tavi Heidelberg – Mcclatchy (SJS)
2 Cristina Santoyo – Monroe (LACS)
3 Tagivale Vaifale – Pacheco (SJS)
4 Sierra Adams-Gregory – Lakewood (SS)
5 Lillian Mccoy – Casa Grande (NCS)
6 Isela Mendez – Northview (SS)
7 Ciara Boyd – San Dimas (SS)

8 Jasmine Guerrero – Del Oro (SJS)

48 CIF State Placers for Socal in 2019

Congratulation to the wrestlers listed below on earning top-8 placings at the 2019 CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships. The exact placing they finish in will be decided today, Saturday, February 23rd, during the third and final day of competition at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

196 SoCal wrestlers competed (42 from LACS, 42 to from SDS, and 112 from SS) a 42 wrestler increase from the 154 wrestlers (14 from LACS, 28 from SDS, and 112 from SS) that were sent previously; before the CIF making it 32-wrestler brackets this year.

Now, there’s some good news and some bad news. I’ ll start with the good. LACS’s placer count has doubled from 5 in 2018 to 10 this year! The bad news, both SDS and SS will see a drop in the number of placers they have this year. SDS drops from 8 to 5 and the SS drops from 38 to 33. in total SoCal will drop from 51 placers last year to 48 this year.

If nothing else, the drop in placers is an indicator of how tough the competition around the rest of the state is becoming and should be an exhortation to all the SoCal wrestlers to step up and work harder than ever.

Another thing that it does, is make placing so much mote meaningul because it is becoming more challenging to do so. So to those who are guarateed to do so today, Congratulations! You deserve the fruit of your labor!

101 Lbs
Semifinals: Sofia Martinez – Ayala (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Karen Salais – Calexico (SDS)

106 Lbs
Semifinals: Justine Barredo – Walnut (SS)
Semifinals: Leah Gaitan – Yucaipa (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Viviana Garcia – San Fernando (LACS)
7th Place Match: Makayla Breceda – Norco (SS)

111 Lbs
Semifinals: Alexis Medina – Northview (SS)
Semifinals: Danielle Garcia – Corona (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Aliyah Rollins – Birmingham (LACS)
7th Place Match: Riha Prasad – Santa Monica (SS)

116 Lbs
Semifinals: Monica Garcia – Norte Vista (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Rebecca Drown – Norco (SS)
7th Place Match: Juliana Cubias – Aliso Niguel (SS)
7th Place Match: Heavynne Jerez – Westminster (SS)

121 Lbs
Consolation Semifinals: Katie Gomez – Birmingham (LACS)
Consolation Semifinals: Cora Johnson-Woessner – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
7th Place Match: Samantha Barragan – Hemet (SS)
7th Place Match: Kameron Sudol – Yorba Linda (SS)

126 Lbs
Semifinals: Cindy Zepeda – Palm Springs (SS)
Semifinals: Kelly Escamilla – California (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Nile Jernigan – Cerritos (SS)

131 Lbs
Semifinals: Cheyenne Bowman – Rowland (SS)
Semifinals: Athena Willden – Oak Hills (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Tiera Jimerson – Northview (SS)
7th Place Match: Phonisha Pruiit – Lincoln (SDS)

137 Lbs
Semifinals: Aine Drury – Westminster (SS)
7th Place Match: Sydney Barrios – San Pedro (LACS)

143 Lbs
Semifinals: Gianna Anaya – San Fernando (LACS)
Consolation Semifinals: Juliana Bricarello – Beaumont (SS)
7th Place Match: Paola Sanabria – Silverado (SS)

150 Lbs
Semifinals: Melanie Bacher – Norte Vista (SS)
Semifinals: Maddie Konopka – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
7th Place Match: Jazmin Segura – Tustin (SS)
7th Place Match: Cheyenne Williams – Eleanor Roosevelt (SS)

160 Lbs
Semifinals: Jerzie Estrada – Birmingham (LACS)
Consolation Semifinals: Chamira Cooper – Cerritos (SS)

170 Lbs
Semifinals: Adelina Parra – San Fernando (LACS)
Consolation Semifinals: Amara Devericks – Corona (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: America Lopez – Valenica/V (SS)
7th Place Match: Vianeth Jimenez – Birmingham (LACS)

189 Lbs
Semifinals: Angela Buenrrostro – Monroe (LACS)
Semifinals: Joanna Hendricks – Beaumont (SS)
Consolation Semifinals: Melissa Moreno – Beckman (SS)
7th Place Match: Madlyne Navarro – El Camino (SDS)

235 Lbs
Semifinals: Sierra Adams-Gregory – Lakewood (SS)
Semifinal: Cristina Santoyo – Monroe (LACS)
Consolation Semifinals: Ciara Boyd – San Dimas (SS)
7th Place Match: Isela Mendez – Northview (SS)

SoCal WrestlerGirls Seeded at the 2019 CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships

State pairings have been released and I’m happy to announce that this year the seeding committee has seeded to eight. In the past they had always reported they would seed the top two or four. Now, we will have to see how many people are unhappy with who got the nod and who didn’t.

I will list the SoCal wrestlers that have received a seed If you would like to see the full pairing sheets, follow the link.

  • 101 Lbs
    • #3 Sofia Martinez – Ayala (SS)
  • 106 Lbs
    • #2 Leah Gaitan – Yucaipa (SS)
    • #3 Viviana Garcia – San Fernando (LACS)
    • #4 Cassidy Do – Gabrielino (SS)
    • #5 Justine Barredo – Walnut (SS)
  • 111 Lbs
    • #2 Danielle Garcia – Corona (SS)
    • #4 Alexis Medina – Northview (SS)
    • #5 Samantha Martinez – Ayala (SS)
    • #6 Savannah Kiddoo – Ramona (SDS)
    • #7 Aliyah Rollins – Birmingham (LACS)
  • 116 Lbs
    • #1 Monica Garcia – Norte Vista (SS)
    • #5 Rebecca Drown – Norco (SS)
    • #6 Juliana Cubias – Aliso Niguel (SS)
    • #7 Salama Morales – San Fernando (LACS)
    • #8 Heavynne Jerez – Westminster (SS)
  • 121 Lbs
    • #6 Katie Gomez – Birmingham (LACS)
    • #7 Samantha Barragan – Hemet (SS)
    • #8 Ariah Barragan – Imperial (SDS)
  • 126 Lbs
    • #1 Cindy Zepeda – Palm Springs (SS)
    • #2 Kelly Escamilla – California (SS)
  • 131 Lbs
    • #1 Cheyenne Bowman – Rowland (SS)
    • #4 Athena Willden – Oak Hills (SS)
    • #5 Phonisha Pruitt – Lincoln (SDS)
    • #8 Samantha Larios – San Fernando (LACS)
  • 137 Lbs
    • #1 Aine Drury – Westminster (SS)
  • 143 Lbs
    • #1 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando (LACS)
    • #4 Juliana Bricarello – Beaumont (SS)
    • #5 Sierra Rivera – Victor Valley (SS)
    • #7 Tiffany Calderon – Birmingham (LACS)
  • 150 Lbs
    • #2 Maddie Konopka – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
    • #3 Alyssa Arana – San Fernando (LACS)
    • #6 Melanie Bacher – Norte Vista (SS)
  • 160 Lbs
    • #1 Katja Osteen – Chaminade (SS)
    • #2 Jerzie Estrada – Birmingham (LACS)
    • #5 Chamira Cooper – Cerritos (SS)
  • 170 Lbs
    • #1 Adelina Parra – San Fernando (LACS)
    • #4 America Lopez – Valencia/Valencia (SS)
    • #6 Jessica Gutierrez – M.L. King (SS)
    • #7 Amara Devericks – Corona (SS)
    • #8 Sofia Rivera – Mayfair (SS)
  • 189 Lbs
    • #2 Madelyn Navarro – El Camino (SDS)
    • #3 Joanna Hendricks – Beaumont (SS)
    • #4 Lauryn Morales – Etiwanda (SS)
    • #5 Angela Buenrrostro – Monroe (LACS)
    • #7 Cianna Riley – San Dimas (SS)
  • 235 Lbs
    • #2 Cristina Santoyo – Monroe (LACS)
    • #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory – Lakewood (SS)
    • #6 Ciara Boyd – San Dimas (SS)
    • #7 Rebeca Camacho – Cerritos (SS)
    • #8 Mayra Franco – Santa Ana (SS)

May these seeds prove beneficial to everyone that has received them and to those who did not get seeded, remember seeds don’t win titles, wrestlers do. So, go out there and wrestle. Prove the seeding committee wrong just like those unseeded wrestlers I wrote about in the previous post did to the Southern Section seeding committee.

Defying the Odds

I have previously posted the names of the Southern Section wrestlers who have qualified for the state championships. But, I wanted to focus on the unseeded wrestlers that defied the odds and punched their ticket to the state tournament through skill, grit and determination:

  • 101 pounds
    • Unity Cordova of Corona was ranked 8th in the final JB rankings of the season but did not get a nod from the seeding committee. After falling to Rayna Prasad of Santa Monica in the second round she battled all the way back and earned her way to state by besting 10th ranked Briana Garcia of Downey in the blood round. Miss Cordova finished 5th.
  • 106 pounds
    • Unranked and unseeded Prethy Enriquez of Kennedy made it all the way to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion and number one in ranking and seeding, Leah Gaitan of Yucaipa. Miss Enriquez would punch her ticket in the blood round besting Francia Casas by a score of 6-2. She finished the tournament in 6th place.
    • The eighth spot at 106 pounds went to Coralia Montalvo of Warren who was ranked 12th by Jon Briggs. She made it to the round of 16 where she lost to the seven seed and the eventual 7th place Victoria Rodriguez of Chino. She beat Nevaeh Lua of Shadow Hills by fall in the blood round guaranteeing her a trip to Bakersfield.
  • 111 pounds
    • Unranked and unseeded Tehya Ledesma of Hillcrest fell to number 3 seed and eventual runner up Alexis Medina of Northview in the second round. And then went on to collect five victories in a row. Her blood round win was against Rebecca Felix by way of fall, Miss Ledesma would finish 7th.
  • 116 pounds
    • Unranked and unseeded Xandra Edward of Foothill made it to the round of 16 where she lost to number 2 seed and eventual champion, Monica Garcia of Norte Vista. She would then go on to win three matches in a row, guaranteeing her spot at state with an 11-10 victory over Michaela Howe of Ventura. Miss Edward injury defaulted to 8th place.
  • 121 pounds
    • Herminia Estrada of El Monte came in both unranked and unseeded and yet made it to the quarter finals where she would lose to 4 seed and eventual 4th place Hailey Chapman of Rim of the World by way of a fall. She would them proceed to battle her way back into the consolation semifinals. Her blood round victory came against 12th ranked Katherine Cuellar of Downey, with a score of 6 to 4. Miss Estrada finished 5th at her weight.
  • 126 pounds
    • The eventual 5th place winner and 7th ranked, Nelly Mendoza of Rowland came into the tournament unseeded, but that did not stope her from making it to the quarterfinals where she came up short against the number 3 seed and eventual 3rf place winner, Nile Jernigan of Cerritos who bested her with a score of 7-3. Miss Mendoza would drop into the blood round where she would defeat Ventura’s Erica Hernandez by way of a fall.
    • Also at 126, Jeannie Gonzalez of Paramount was both unranked and unseeded when the tournament started, she too would make it into the quarter finals where she would meet 4 seed and eventual 4th place winner, Samantha Snow of Los Alamitos. She would lose that match 8-4. In her blood round match, she would beat Devora Delgadillo of Garden Grove by wat of a fall. Miss Gonzalez would injury default to the 8th place.
  • 131 pounds
    • Jolynne Dizon of Nogales, though ranked 7th did not receive a seed. She would fall in the second round to Deija Hodges of Foothill. She would then go on to win an impressive 6 matches in a row landing her in the consolation semifinals. She would earn her trip to state with a victory over Mady Dow of Walnut by way of a fall. Miss Dizon would take home 6th place.
    • Another 131-pounder, 11th ranked, Shani Tyson of Valencia in Valencia, also lost in the second round but she did it against 4 seed and eventual 4th place winner, Tiera Jimerson of Northview. She then went on a 5-match winning streak and punched her ticket to state along the way in a match against 8 seed Lea Mauhar of Carter by way of a fall. Miss Tyson would finish 7th.
    • The last unseeded wrestler at 131 is Sitlaly Sanchez of Yucaipa, who was also unranked, Miss Sanchez was paired off against Number 1 seed and eventual champion, Cheyenne Bowman of Rowland in the first round. She would lose that match via a 47 second pin. She would then collect 5 victories in a row, earning her way to state with her blood round victory over 12th ranked Unique Ontiveros of Pacifica in Oxnard by way of a pin. Miss Sanchez would finish 8th.
  • 137 pounds
    • One of the two best performances by an unseeded and unranked wrestler came from Anna Gutierrez of Antelope Valley who punched her ticket to state by making it all the way to the semifinals where she met the number 1 seed and eventual champion Aine Drury of Westminster. She was defeated in that match via a 14 second fall. She would eventually come in third place collecting victories against 5 seed, Leilani Rodriguez of Beaumont; 4 seed Laila Contreras of Redlands East Valley; 3 seed Sadie Forman of Upland and 6 seed Ana Rivas of Hillcrest.
    • Also at 137, 9th ranked Makayla Ybarra of Cypress would make it to the quarterfinals where her run toward the championship would be put to an end by 2 seed and eventual finalist Kiersten Muse of Corona Del Mar by way of a fall. She would drop into the blood round where she would best Jazmine Leivas of Lakewood with a pin in the first minute of the second round. Miss Ybarra would finish 7th.
    • The final 137-pounder I want to take note of is unranked Arianna Aguilar – Coachella Valley who fell in the round of 16 to 6 seed and eventual 4th place winner Ana Rivas of Hillcrest by a score of 3-0. Miss Aguilar would then win 3 matches in a row qualifying for state along the way with a win over Celeste Molina with a score of 8-4. She ultimately finished in 8th place.
  • 143 pounds
    • Stephanie Zambrano of Montclair came into the section championships unseeded and unranked and yet she made it to the quarterfinals where she came against third seed Ava Lassiter of Aliso Niguel, who would defeat her via a pin. This would drop her into the blood round where she would best 8th ranked Becky Koehnlein of Los Alamitos by a score of 3-1. Miss Zambrano would finish 7th.
    • Also, at 143, 11th ranked Gracie Kirazian of Long Beach Wilson, would lose in the first round of the tournament but would then come back with 5 victories in a row. Her blood round victory against 5 seed Abby Jolley of El Modena would guarantee her spot at the State championships. Miss Kirazian finished 8th.
  • At 150 pounds
    • Diana Ventura of Citrus Valley was unseeded and unranked and yet she found herself in the semifinals and a guaranteed spot at Rabobank Arena, after 2 seed Tiki Jaime of San Dimas defaulted from their quarterfinals match. Her run toward the championship would end when 3 seed and eventual champion Melanie Bacher of Norte Vista pinned her. Miss Ventura would finish 6th in her weight class.
    • Another 150 pounder Gabrielle Jose of Camarillo Made it to the round of 16 where she lost by an 8-6 decision to 6 seed Mariyah Casados of Martin Luther King. Miss Jose would then collect 3 victories in a row, one of them against Esperanza Barretto via a 9-4 decision ensuring her season would have one more tournament in it. She would finish 7th at 150.
    • Jasmin Tapia of Santa Paula, like the previous two 150-pound wrestlers was also unranked and unseeded. She made it to the round of 16 where she faced off against the 5 seed and eventual 3rd place winner, Cheyanne Williams of Roosevelt. Miss Tapia would lose the encounter by way of a fall. She would then go on to win 3 matches in a row, the last of which would punch her ticket to state. She to would have met 2 seed Tiki Jaime of San Dimas. Unfortunately, Miss Jaime would have to injury default out of this match as well. Miss Tapia would finish the tournament in 8th place.
  • 160 pounds
    • The second of the two best performances by an unseeded and unranked wrestler came from Vivian Frausto of Shadow Hills, who guaranteed herself a trip to state by making it all the way to the semifinals, where she met the number one seed and eventual champion Katja Osteen of Chaminade College Prep and who beat Miss Frausto by way of a 45 second fall. Undiscouraged, she then won her next to matches taking third at her weight. Along the way she collected 2 victories from 4th seed, Jodie Hartlein of Etiwanda; and did the same from 5th seed Gabriella Espinoza of Paloma Valley.
  • 170 pounds
    • Melanie Aguilar of Glen A Wilson was ranked 9th by Jon Briggs but came into the section championships unseeded. Made it to the quarterfinals and then lost to 2 seed and the eventual champion America Lopez of Valencia in Valencia by way of a pin. Her loss in the quarterfinals dropped her directly into the blood round where she faced Danielle Baca of Etiwanda and bested her by way of a fall. Miss Aguilar would finish the tournament in 5th.
    • Also, at 170, Justine Matson of Serrano also made it to the quarterfinals where she met the 1 seed Amara Devericks of Corona. She would lose that meeting by way of a 51 second fall. However, she would then bounce back with a victory in the blood round against Daniella Dardon-Morales via a pin guaranteeing herself a spot at state. Miss Matson would finish in 7th place.
    • The last 170-pounder, Jaeleen Robledo of Don Lugo lost in the first round of the tournament by a 7-0 decision, when she was paired off with the number 4 seed Sophie Garcia of La Canada. She then went on to win 5 matches in a row. One of which, her 2-0 victory against 6 seed Kelly LaCost of Mission Viejo, punched her ticket to state. Miss Robledo finished in 8th place at her weight.
  • 189 pounds
    • Unseeded Veronica Palmer of Bonita lost against 3 seed and eventual Champion, Joanna Hendricks of Beaumont, in the round of 16 via a 50 second fall. However, she would go on to win 3 straight matches in a row one of them 8 seed Kaycee Fitero of Cerritos which guaranteed her passage to the State championships. Miss Palmer finished in 8th place.
  • 235 pounds
    • 11th ranked, Rebeca Camacho of Cerritos, made it to the Semifinals where she faced off against the 1 seed and eventual champion, Sierra Adams-Gregory of Lakewood and lost by way of a 37 second pin. Miss Camacho was guaranteed a spot in the state finals by the time she had lost her first match, but she continued with two more victories to earn her the third-place finish. Along the way she collected victories from 4 seed Alexandria McCulley of Hillcrest; 5 seed Daniela Galvez of Redlands East Valley; 6 seed Isela Mendez of Northview; and 3 seed Mayra Franco of Santa Ana.
    • Also at 235 pounds, Julia Richey of Newbury Park made it to the round of sixteen where she lost to the 6 seed Isela Mendez of Northview via a fall. She would then go on to win 3 matches in a row. One of them would be in the blood round where she would go against 8 seed Kassandra Ayard of Paloma Valley and best her in an 8-2 decision. Miss Richey would finish 7th and be guaranteed a trip to Bakersfield.
    • Finally, also at 235 pounds, Sophia Estrada of John Glenn made it to the round of 16 where she was defeated by Rebeca Camacho of Cerritos, who I mentioned earlier, by way of a fall. Miss Estrada would then go on to win three straight matches, one of them against 7 seed Adamariz Badillo of Paramount by way of a first period fall in the blood round. She would finish the tournament in 8th place and with the knowledge she had one more tournament to compete in.

Once again congratulations to all the placers but a special congratulations to the wrestlers I discussed because they came out of nowhere, faced adversity, didn’t lose their composure and got the job done.

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