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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.

2019 Southern Section Championships Seeds Released

Coach Jim Bowers of Corona posted the seeds for this year’s CIF Southern Section Girls Wrestling Championships on The California Wrestler Forum. He stated that the seeds were a result of a four-hour committee meeting and that there will be no changes.

The Championships start tomorrow at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale. Each weight bracket will have 40 wrestlers and the eight placing girls from each one will go on to compete at the state championships at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, February 21st through the 23rd.

The seeds are as follow:

101 Lbs
1 Sofia Martinez – Ayala
2 Brianna Gonzalez – Arroyo
3 Jayden Von Moos – Paloma Valley
4 Angie Cervantes – Walnut
5 Devyn Gomez – Kennedy
6 Keila Reynoso – Savannah
7 Angie Castaneda – Cajon
8 Alyah Cruz – Mayfair
9 Rayna Prasad – Santa Monica

106 Lbs
1 Leah Gaitan – Yucaipa
2 Justine Barredo – Walnut
3 Cassidy Do – Gabrielino
4 Makayla Breceda – Norco
5 Savannah Lewis – Corona
6 Emilie Gonzalez – Arroyo
7 Victoria Rodriguez – Chino Hills
8 Caley Ortiz – San Dimas

111 Lbs
1 Danielle Garcia – Corona
2 Samantha Martinez – Ayala
3 Alexis Medina – Northview
4 Riha Prasad – Santa Monica
5 Angela Melecia – Bloomington
6 Madeline Arce – Mayfair
7 Sadie Camacho – Aliso Niguel
8 Barbara Greenberg – Glendora

116 Lbs
1 Heavynne Jerez – Westminster
2 Monica Garcia – Norte Vista
3 Rebecca Drown – Norco
4 Julianna Cubias – Aliso Niguel
5 Summer Ray Baeza – Santa Ana
6 Kory Phillips – Walnut
7 Aleena Gomez – Northview
8 Isabelle Hawley – Temecula Valley

121 Lbs
1 Samantha Baragan – Hemet
2 Kameron Sudol – Yorba Linda
3 Priscilla Ramirez – Valencia/V
4 Haily Chapman – Rim of the World
5 Nayeli Maston – Walnut
6 Evy Osorio – San Clemente
7 Cheyenne Baltagi – Norte Vista
8 Isabela Tan – MLK

126 Lbs
1 Kelly Escamilla – California
2 Cindy Zepeda – Palm Springs
3 Nile Jernigan – Cerritos
4 Samantha Snow – Los Alamitos
5 Niah Ledesma – Hillcrest
6 Destiny Gonzales – Kennedy
7 Ally Arrington – San Marino
8 Mary Tuite – Monrovia

131 Lbs
1 Cheyanne Bowman – Rowland
2 Solana Mottola – Temecula Valley
3 Alyah Yates – Knight
4 Tiera Jimerson – Northview
5 Athena Wilden – Oak Hills
6 Kellie Bendezu – Garden Grove
7 Deija Hodges – Foothill
8 Lea Mauher – Carter

137 Lbs
1 Aine Drury – Westminster
2 Kiersten Muse – Corona Del Mar
3 Sadie Forman – Upland
4 Laila Contreras – Redlands East Valley
5 Leilani Rodriguez – Beaumont
6 Ana Rivas – Hillcrest
7 Brandee Greer – Murrieta Valley
8 Anna Bronstrap – Excelsior Charter

143 Lbs
1 Juliana Bricarello – Beamont
2 Sierra Rivera – Victor Valley
3 Ava Lassiter – Aliso Niguel
4 Kiana Hatfield – Kennedy
5 Abby Jolley – El Modena
6 Princess Zambrano – Montclair
7 Paola Sanabria – Silverado
8 Mariah Dow – Walnut

150 Lbs
1 Lauren Camp – Kennedy
2 Tiki Jaime – San Dimas
3 Melanie Bacher – Norte Vista
4 Jazmin Segura – Tustin
5 Cheyanne Williams – Roosevelt
6 Mariyah Casados – MLK
7 Maya Cruz – Paloma Valley
8 Majoy Wooten – Cathedral City

160 Lbs
1 Katja Osteen – Chaminade
2 Chimira Cooper – Cerritos
3 Janice Alcocer – San Dimas
4 Jodie Hartlein – Etiwanda
5 Gabriella Espinoza – Paloma Valley
6 Miranda Koppi – Corona
7 Amy Mijares – Arroyo
8 Lena Flores – Cajon

170 Lbs
1 Amara Devericks – Corona
2 America Lopez – Valencia/V
3 Sofie Rivera – Mayfair
4 Sophie Garcia – La Canada
5 Jessica Gutierrez – MLK
6 Kelly LaCost – Mission Viejo
7 Ruby Casales – Paramount
8 Mia Delgado – S. El Monte

189 Lbs
1 Lauryn Morales – Etiwanda
2 Elizabeth Salepaga – Paramount
3 Joanna Hendricks – Beaumont
4 Melissa Moreno – Beckman
5 Cianna Riley – San Dimas
6 Mariah Hansen – Burroughs
7 Layla Donahoe – Dana Hills
8 Kaycee Fitero – Cerritos

235 Lbs
1 Sierra Adams-Gregory – Lakewood
2 Ciara Boyd – San Dimas
3 Mayra Franco – Santa Ana
4 Alexandria McCulley – Hillcrest
5 Daniela Galvez – Redlands East
6 Isela Mendez – Northview
7 Adamariz Badillo – Paramount
8 Kassandra Ayard – Paloma Valley

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