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First State Rankings for the 2018-2019 Season Released

The first state CIF rankings for the 2018-2019 season have been released and 24 of the 56 ranked wrestlers are from SoCal! 17 are from the Southern Section, 4 are from the LA City section and 3 are from the San Diego Section.

In the past the state rankings have been submitted to the seeding committee as recommendations for the seeding in the state championships. That is the reason only four wrestlers are being ranked. However, the committee is not obligated to follow those recommendations.

These ranking were posted in the California Wrestling Forum on January 25th. I have no information on the individual doing them other than his/her screen name: cagirlsstateranker.

All Socal wrestlers appear in red.

101
1 Cristelle Rodriguez – Buchanan (CS)
2 Lizette Rodriguez – James Logan (NCS)
3 Sofia Martinez – Ayala (SS)
4 Haley Ward – Turlock (SJS)

106
1 Moriah Morales – Samger (CS)
2 Adrienna Turner – Davis (SJS)
3 Leah Caitlin – Yucaipa (SS)
4 Justine Barredo – Walnut (SS)

111
1 Jennifer Soto – Orland (SJS)
2 Elysia Urrea – Lincoln-Stockton (SJS)
3 Lexy Beadles – Tokay (SJS)
4 Danielle Garcia – Corona (SS)

116
1 Monica Garcia – Norte Vista (SS)
2 Desiree Lopez – Folsom (SJS)
3 Charlotte Kouyoumtjian – Monache (CS)
4 Heavynne Jerez – Westminster (SS)

121
1 Ashley Venegas – Mt Whitney (CS)
2 Melanie Mendoza – Selma (CS)
3 Adrianna Lopez – Upperlake (NCS)
4 Cindy Zepeda – Palm Springs (SS)

126
1 Dyanna Gutierrez-Hurd – Armijo (SJS)
2 Kelly Escamilla – California (SS)
3 Mia Olmos – Abraham Lincoln (SJS)
4 Natalia Urbas – Albany (NCS)

131
1 Aine Drury – Westminster (SS)
2 Mary Lopez – Liberty (NCS)
3 Jessica Sanchez – Tulare Union (CS)
4 Athena Wilden – Oak Hills (SS)

137
1 Cheyenne Bowman – Rowland (SS)
2 Dahlia Garibay – Freedom (NCS)
3 Lauren McDonnell – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
4 Phonisha Pruitt – Lincoln (SDS)

143
1 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando (LACS)
2 Francesca LoPresti – Albany (NCS) 
3 Maddie Konopka – La Costa Canyon (SDS)
4 Lily Freitas – Pitman (SJS)

150
1 Jerzie Estrada – Birmingham (LACS)
2 Amit Elor – College Park (NCS)
3 Lauren Camp – Kennedy (SS)
4 Tiki Jaime – San Dimas (SS)

160
1 Katja Osteen – Chaminade (SS)
2 Yelena Married – Bella Vista (SJS)
3 Chimera Copper – Cerritos (SS)
4 Tia Barefield – Bishop (CS)

170
1 Adelina Parra – San Fernando (LACS)
2 Liliana Vergara – Gregori (SJS)
3 Alia Abushi – Arroyo (NCS)
4 Amara Devericks – Corona (SS)

189
1 Folashade Akinola – Menlo Atherton (CCS)
2 Madlyne Navarro – El Camino (SDS)
3 Jasmin Clarke – Kelseyville (CCS)
4 Alejandra Gonzalez – Buhach Colony (SJS)

235
1 Tavi Heidelberg – McKlatchy (SJS)
2 Christine Santoyo – Monroe (LACS)
3 Sierra Adams-Gregory – Lakewood (SS)

4 Tagivale Valifale – Pacheco (SJS)

I am certain there will be many who question these rankings but there should be some tweaking before CIF State comes around. Until then, congratulations to all the wrestlers who have made the list!

Latest LACS Rankings For January 20, 2019

Could be last if Strike Continues into Postseason

The Los Angeles City Section has released its latest rankings. A special thanks to Coach Jean-Antione Ramirez for sharing these. If you would like to download a copy click here.

I wish I could tell you when to expect the next installment but it’s a real possibility that, if the strike that is affecting LAUSD goes on into the postseason, this could be the last ranking for the 2018-2019 season.

A Coach’s Perspective

Normally, this is where I would put the ranking list, but the current situation in the LACS is no small matter and so I decided to ask Coach Ramirez, if he could shed some light into the situation and how it’s affecting the wrestlers of the LACS

LA – Coach Ramirez, what exactly is going on right now?

JAR – The Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers union, UTLA, have come to a no pass. The Teachers Union has been on strike for one week now and some of California’s best wrestlers are feeling the effects. During the strike, LAUSD schools are not permitted to practice nor compete. During the strike, Coaches are not allowed to have contact with their wrestlers. The battle is about class size, support staff and wages. Which most of us believe is what the students and teachers deserve. The teachers’ pay is also tied to the coaches’ stipend. This means if teachers get a raise so will the coaches. However, during this time the wrestlers are facing an obstacle that they did not see coming this season.

LA – It must be frustrating.

JAR – What is frustrating, as a coach, is that you try to create this momentum in January for the Championship run and then it all comes to a halt. Then you hear of the success other schools are having because they can compete and practice. I understand the need for the fight. I just feel bad when my senior says to me that they have been to three senior nights and now when it is their turn they do not get one.

LA – Hopefully the situation will be resolved quickly.

JAR – My hope is that my wrestlers can show some dedication and stay in shape and on weight.


It’s a very sad situation the LACS wrestlers that attend a LAUSD find themselves. Let’s hope those wrestlers do keep their eye on the prize and keep working just as hard as they were before the strike.

LACS Rankings for January 20th

A list of the the latest rankings follows. I have added the wrestlers ranking from the previous edition of the list (in parenthesis).

101
1 Alexis Villadelgado – Granada Hills (1)
2 Ingrid Corleto – Canoga Park (2)
3 Tushita Wadhawan – Cleveland (3)
4 Desteny Medina – Birmingham (4)
5 Patricia Arana – San Fernando (NR)

106
1 Christy Jose – Granada Hills (1)
2 Asha Anderson – San Pedro (3)
3 Gissel Garcia – Birmingham (2)
4 Analisa Zepeda – Cleveland (2)
5 Bryana Alvarenga – Sylmar (4)

111
1 Aliyah Rolins – Birmingham (NR)
2 Viviana Ramos-Garcia – San Fernando (1)
3 Brigette Macahdo – Cleveland (4)

116
1 Veronica Machain – Birmingham (1)
2 Evelyne Vazquez – San Fernando (1)
3 Karina Villalta – LA Poly (2)
4 Andrea Gonzalez – Banning (3)

121
1 Katie Gomez – Birmingham (1)
2 Salma Morales – San Fernando (2)
3 Silvia Calleja – San Pedro (4)
4 Angelica Ovendo – Canoga Park (3)
5 Lizzie Medina – Granada Hills (NR)

126
1 Sadie Castaneda – LA Poly (2)
2 Chloe Desouza – Birmingham (NR)
3 Desiree Fuentes – San Fernando (3)
4 Kayla Moran – Granada Hills (4)

131
1 Samantha Larios – San Fernando (1)
2 Aziza Carrillo – San Pedro (2)
3 Jocelyn Campos – Cleveland (3)
4 Laura De Los Santos – LA Poly (4)

137
1 Sydney Barrios – San Pedro (4)
2 Natalie Castaneda – LA Poly (1)
3 Martha Briceno – James Monroe (2)
4 Ashley Gonzalez – San Fernando (2)

143
1 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando (1)
2 Tiffany Calderon – Birmingham (2)
3 Michelle Moreno – LA Poly (3)
4 Maribel Vaca – Banning (4)

150
1 Jerzie Estrada – Birmingham (NR)
2 Alyssa Arana – San Fernando (1)
3 Jennifer Sanchez – James Monroe (2)
4 Olha Sytets – Granada Hills (NR)

160
1 Samantha Ochoa – San Fernando (1)
2 Meriah Smith – Birmingham (3)
3 Tomara Nicoleevitch – Granada Hills (NR)
4 Jannette Romo – Eagle Rock (3)
5 Alyssa Jackson – Carson (4)

170
1 Vianeth Jimenez – Birmingham (NR)
2 Jessica Chua – Granada Hills (1)
3 Jannah Del Mundo – LA Poly (2)

189
1 Adelina Parra – San Fernando (1)
2 Angela Buenrrostro – James Monroe (2)
3 Natalia Diaz-Portillo – Birmingham (3)
4 Wendy De Leon – Chatsworth (4)
5 Julie Urena – Granada Hills (5)

235
1 Cristina Santoyo – James Monroe (1)
2 Ailene Rosales – San Fernando (2)
3 Arin Madison – San Pedro (3)
4 Natalie Herrera – Sylmar (5)

LACS Releases December 2018 Rankings

The Los Angeles City Section has released its latest rankings. A special thanks to Coach Jean-Antione Ramirez for sharing these. The next ranking are scheduled to be released in January and I will post them as soon as they become available.

101 Lbs
1 Alexis Villadelgado – Granada Hills
2 Ingrid Corleto – Canoga Park
3 Tushita Wadhawan – Cleveland
4 Desteny Medina – Birmingham


106 Lbs
1 Christy Jose – Granada Hills
2 Analisa Zepeda – Cleveland
3 Helary Olmedo – Birmingham
4 Bryana Alvarenga – Sylmar


111 Lbs
1 Viviana Ramos-Garcia – San Fernando
2 Giselle Garcia – Birmingham
3 Asha Anderson – San Pedro
4 Brigette Macahdo – Cleveland


116 Lbs
1 Evelyn Vazquez – San Fernando
2 Karina Villalta – LA Poly
3 Andrea Gonzalez – Banning
4 Silvia Calleja – San Pedro


121 Lbs
1 Katie Gomez – Birmingham
2 Salma Morales – San Fernando
3 Angelica Ovendo – Canoga Park
4 Deeana Ramirez – James Monroe


126 Lbs
1 Veronica Machain – Birmingham
2 Sadie Castaneda – LA Poly
3 Desiree Fuentes – San Fernando
4 Kayla Moran – Granada Hills


131 Lbs
1 Samantha Larios – San Fernando
2 Aziza Carrillo – San Pedro
3 Jocelyn Campos – Cleveland
4 Laura De Los Santos – LA Poly

137 Lbs
1 Natalie Castaneda – LA Poly
2 Ashley Gonzalez – San Fernando
3 Alexandra Torres – Carson


143 Lbs
1 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando
2 Martha Briceno – James Monroe
3 Destiny Taufahema – Birmingham
4 Maribel Vaca – Banning


150 Lbs
1 Alyssa Arana – San Fernando
2 Tiffany Calderon – Birmingham
3 Michelle Moreno – LA Poly
4 Sydney Barrios – San Pedro


160 Lbs
1 Samantha Ochoa – San Fernando
2 Jennifer Sanchez – James Monroe
3 Jannette Romo – Eagle Rock
4 Alyssa Jackson – Carson


170 Lbs
1 Jessica Chua – Granada Hills
2 Jannah Del Mundo – LA Poly
3 Meriah Smith – Birmingham


189 Lbs
1 Adelina Parra – San Fernando
2 Angela Buenrrostro – James Monroe
3 Natalia Diaz-Portillo – Birmingham
4 Wendy De Leon – Chatsworth
5 Julie Urena – Granada Hills

235 Lbs
1 Cristina Santoyo – James Monroe
2 Ailene Rosales – San Fernando
3 Arin Madison – San Pedro
4 Edna Gamarro – Van Nuys
5 Natalie Herrera – Sylmar

2018 CIF State Championship Entries Increase to 25 per Weight

The New Entry Goes to…

In prior years, the number of wrestlers per weight class was limited to 24. This year that will change when the Los Angeles City Section gets an additional entry; raising the number of wrestlers it sends per weight to two. Though this will make the additional 14 wrestlers that will go to state immensely happy, it also opens the door to a dilemma that other sections with two entries know too well.

While sections with three or more entries can go through their tournament to its natural conclusion and then congratulate all the placers that qualify to move on to the state championships; that is not the case for the section with only two entries. Sending the best wrestlers in the section is very important when the amount of placers at the state tournament isn’t just a matter of bragging rights. It will also potentially decide the number of entries the section receives when the matter is up for discussion at the state office.

True Second

To ensure that the best two wrestlers actually get sent to the state tournament, sections in this situation have to set up, if necessary, a “true second” match. What this means is:

  • After the final championship match, the winner, first place, becomes the first entry going to state.
  • The losing wrestler of the championship match, if they beat the third place winner on their way to the final, becomes the second entry. But,
  • if the losing wrestler of the championship match has not wrestled the third place winner during the Section Championships tournament (it doesn’t matter if they have wrestled in the past); the two wrestlers will have to wrestle each other and the winner of that match will be the second entry going to state.

This means that the wrestler who in a normal tournament would end in third place, in this tournament not only could they finish in second they would go to the state championships, replacing the wrestler that made it to the finals but lost.

I don’t need to explain how frustrating and demoralizing it can be to the wrestler, their parent, and their fans when they make it to the final match only to lose their spot to the third place winner. People who don’t understand the concept can become irate and call the system unfair. But, we must remember that the system is set up so that the section can send its best wrestlers to Visalia in hopes that the results will benefit the section as a whole. It is by no means intended to rob any wrestler of something they have rightfully earned, it is intended to identify who rightfully earned it.

So, congratulations to the Los Angeles City Section and congratulations to the yet-to-be-determined wrestlers going to state. And, if you come across a person that does not understand, be kind and explain it to them. Just remember that once you have explained and they understand it, there is no guarantee they will accept it. At that point, don’t push the issue and go back to enjoying some phenomenal wrestling.

2017-2018 CIF-LACS Rankings and Championships Information

We’re getting near the end of the regular season and I have finally been able to get my hands on some rankings and other news for the Los Angeles City Section.

Team Rankings as of January 25

1 San Fernando
2 Birmingham
3 Monroe
4 San Pedro

Dual Meet Championships

In order for a school to take part in the championships it must have at least 10 wrestlers on its team. As a result of this only the four teams list above will be participating in the dual meet

Semifinals:

  • San Fernando vs. San Pedro
  • Birmingham vs. Monroe

Semifinals will be taking place February 3rd, at 2:00 pm. The finals will follow at 5:30 pm. The location of the championship is San Pedro High School (1001 W 15th St, San Pedro, CA 90731)

Individual Rankings

The LACS ranker has a challenging time getting these ranking together as there are still coaches who do not give information, which is a shame because the lack of said information hurts their own wrestlers when it comes time to seed the section championships.

There might be mistakes in the list dealing with spelling of names and there might even be some incorrect entries. I have chosen not to correct them so that the work the ranking team has done will remain theirs.

101 LBS
1 Paris Valencia – San Fernando
2 Christy Jose – Granada Hills
3 Karla Del Cid – Monroe

106 LBS
1 Jessica Vasquez – San Fernando
2 Camila Zarasua – Sylmar
3 Asha Anderson – San Pedro
4 Giselle Garcia – Birmingham
5 Andrea Perez – Monroe

111 LBS
1 Alliyah Rollins – Granada Hills
2 Omabuse Aiguokhian – Birminghm
3 Elaine Garcia – Sylmar

116 LBS
1 Rosalinda Arana – San Fernando
2 Ruby Lemus – Sylmar
3 Veronica Machain – Birmingham
4 Jasmine Espinoza – Monroe
5 Aziza Carrillo – San Pedro

121 LBS
1 Salma Morales – Granada Hills
2 Silvia Calleja – San Pedro
3 Sadie Castaneda – L.A. Poly
4 Jocelyn Perez – Birmingham
5 Jadyn Marceau – Sylmar

126 LBS
1 Karla River – Birmingham
2 Michelle Moreno – L.A. Poly
3 Melissa Garcia – San Fernando
4 Briana Gonzalez – Sylmar
5 Yessica Guzman – Van Nuys

131 LBS
1 Sydney Barrios – San Pedro
2 Emerald Lemus – Sylmar
3 Elvidia Rivera – Monroe
4 Karina Villalta – L.A. Poly
5 Leyla Cortez – Eagle Rock

137 LBS
1 Alex Banag – Granada Hills
2 Martha Briceno – Monroe
3 Jizelle Calderon – San Pedro
4 Ariana Rodriguez – Sylmar
5 Natalie Castaneda – L.A. Poly

143 LBS
1 Gianna Anaya – San Fernando
2 Itzel Burrola – Sylmar
3 Clara Jimenez – San Pedro

150 LBS
1 Jannie Renderos – Sylmar
2 Samantha Larios – San Fernando
3 Diana De La Cruz – Monroe
4 Jasmine Barahona – L.A. Poly

160 LBS
1 Sandra Castrejon – San Fernando
2 Tiffany Calderon – Birmingham
3 Salma Gutierrez – Monroe
4 Eloisa Gutierrez – Sylmar
5 Vanessa Rodriguez – Monroe

170 LBS
1 Angelina Parra – San Fernando
2 Vianeth Jimenez – Cleveland
3 Jennifer Sanchez – Monroe
4 Janna Del Mundo – L.A. Poly
5 Serena Nolasco – San Pedro

189 LBS
1 Alex Castillo – Birmingham
2 Angela Buenrrostro – Monroe
3 Yanhelle Rosales – Sylmar
4 Keyla Leyva – L.A. Poly
5 Lizbeth Carmona – San Pedro

235 LBS
1 Leann Chapman – Granada Hills
2 Christina Santoyo – Monroe
3 Aileen Rosales – San Fernando
4 Arin Madison – San Pedro

Individual Championships

Individual Championships will take place on Friday, February 16th and will continue through Saturday, February 17th at the Roybal Learning Center (1200 Colton St, Los Angeles, CA 90026)

The top two placers in  winner of each weight class will move on to the state championships taking place February 23rd through the 24th in Visalia. If needed, there will be a “true second” match to decide the second place wrestler.

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