First, my apologies, I’ve had some technical difficulties and time-management issues as of late. As a result I have been unable to post as much as I would like to. Fargo starts today and this list should have been posted well before now. Once again, my apologies.
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The Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center has a new bag policy. Since Selland Arena is part of the Center, the new policy applies to it as well. Why should we care? California USA Wrestling host all of their state championship tournaments at that arena.
For all who are expecting to attend upcoming events at that venue, regardless of whether they are wrestling-related or not, it is best to know ahead of time what guests can and cannot bring into the arena. A cheat-sheet is included below. For a more detailed list, visit the FCEC guest info site.
It will be interesting to see if they will give wrestlers competing at the venue any leeway when it comes to backpacks. Even more interesting will be seeing those parents that are unaware of the new policy trying to get the “mobile center of operations” for their wrestler through the front gates.
With the ASICS/Vaughn Cadet and Junior National Championships right around the corner, I have decided to post the schedule for the women’s side of the event. I have adjusted the times to show our timezone (PDT). Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change.
Saturday, July 16th
Cadet Women Medical Check and Weigh-in — 10:00 PM to 10:10 PM
Cadet Women: Session I – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolation and Consolation Semifinals — 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cadet Women: Session II – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards — 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday, July 18th
Junior Women Medical Check and Weigh-in — 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Junior Women: Session I – Preliminaries, Consolations and 1/8 Championships — 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, July 19th
Junior Women: Session II – Quarterfinals, Consolations, Semifinals and Consolation Semifinals — 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Junior Women: Session III — 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – IF NEEDED
Junior Women: Session IV – Finals, Medal Matches & Awards — 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday, July 20th
Junior Women Duals Medical Check and Weigh-in — 5:20 AM to 5:30 AM
Junior Women Freestyle Duals: Session I – Preliminaries — 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Junior Women Freestyle Duals: Session II – Preliminaries, Finals, Medal Matches, & Awards — 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
If you would like to see the brackets or match scores as they happen you can visit trackwrestling.com. If you are new to Trackwrestling it might seem daunting but once you find the event you want to follow: click on it, enter the event as a viewer and you will be able to follow the action. (I wish there was a way I could share the links but their system doesn’t allow me to do that, if anyone knows how to get around that please let me know!)
If you would like to actually watch the matches they will be streaming them at flowrestling.org. In order to watch the action you will need to have a PRO account. You can buy a yearly membership ($150) or go month-to-month ($20.00). Whichever one you decide to go with, make sure to cancel it before the next billing cycle if you decide you don’t want to continue with the service.
I will also be posting the Team California cadet and junior rosters as soon as it is finalized.
This upcoming Saturday Somar Wrestle, the organization that has brought Coach Tocarra Montgomery to SoCal two years in a row for a week-long freestyle wrestling camp and held the first-of-its-kind girls wrestling college combine, will continue to infuse excitement into the sport. Somar recently held a freestyle take-down challenge tournament series. It consisted of four tournaments in which 12 weight classes were able to compete and show-off their freestyle scoring prowess.
Now, Somar continues to break new ground and inject the spirit of friendly-rivalry and showmanship by introducing the Somar Take-down Tournament Duals, where wrestlers participating in either this year’s Tocarra camp or the Take-down series were eligible to be drafted by one of four coaches.
The wrestlers will be provided with free team singlets and gear (like the one pictured) thanks to the donations provided by Mr. Matthew Couch of Mortgage Couch and Mr.Tony Tilton and the Tilton Family of Cross Brothers, Inc. Somar Wrestle really wants to get both wrestlers and fans’ competitive juices flowing by designating team seating sections at the venue where the event will be held. The team with the most fans in attendance will get a special prize.
Teams, coaches and wrestlers are as follows: Team Power Puff coached by Jean Ramirez (James Monroe High School)
105- Mitzi Romero (Paramount) – 2016 5th place CIF-SS Southern Regional
110- Haven Driscoll (Northview) – 2016 5th place CIF Southern Section Championship
115- Samantha Martinez (Ayala) -2016 5th place CIF-SS Central Regional
120- Niah Ledesma
127- Trinity Sato
135- Grecia Monasterio (West Covina) – 2016 CIF Southern Section Champion
145- Abbi Turner (Corona) – 2016 CIF-SS Eastern Regional Finalist
150- Michelle Camacho (Carter) – 2016 4th place CIF Southern Section Championship
160- Ophelia Lara (Gahr) – 2016 CIF State Champion
170- Christie Sandez (Corona) – 2016 4th place CIF Southern Section Championship
189- Payton Jackson (Hillcrest) – 2016 6th place CIF State Championship
Hwy- Katie Blanchard (Sierra Pacific) – 2016 5th place CIF State Championship
Team Wonder coached by Marina Sanchez
105- Genesis Quirarte (schoolgirl wrestler) – 2016 CAUSA Schoolgirl Freestyle Champion
110- Kiersten Bush (from Utah)
115- Elisa Jimenez
120- Gloria Gonzalez (Paramount) – 2016 CIF Southern Regional Finalist
127- Heavynne Jerez (Los Alamitos) – 2016 7th place CIF-Ss Southern Regional
135- Haley Teodoro (Ayala) – 2016 4th place CIF Southern Section Championship
145-Brooklyn Logan (From Arizona) – 2016 3rd place Body Bar Cadet Women’s Nationals
150- Alex Garcia (El Monte) – 2016 5th place CIF-SS Central Regional
160- Sydnee Kimber (from Alaska) – 2015 ASAA Girls State Champion
170- Agatha Andrews (from Alaska) – 2015 ASAA Girls State Champion
189- Christina Santoyo (James Monroe)
Hwy- Alive Salas
Team RAD coached by Matt Furr (Montclair)
105- Grace Padilla (Rowland) – 2016 6th place CIF Southern Section Championship
110- Shandrea Shelby (Corona) – 2016 4th place CIF State Championship
115- Sammy Moreira (Montclair)
120- Kelly Escamilla (schoolgirl wrestler)
127- Alyssa Aceval (Corona) – 2016 CIF State Finalist
135- Rita Monterrosa (AB Miller) – 2016 7th place CIF-SS Eastern Regional
145- McKenna Hutchison (Upland) – 2016 4th place CIF State Championships
150- Emma Reusing (Hillcrest) – 2016 CIF Southern Section Champion
160- Katja Osteen (schoolgirl wrestler) – USAW Shoolgirl National Folkstyle Champion
170- Nelly Mendoza (El Monte) – 2016 4th place CIF-SS Central Regional
189- Angela Buenrrostro (James Monroe) – 2016 3rd place LA City Section Championships
Hwy- Elizabeth Salepaga (Paramount)
Team Camo coached by Chris Parps (El Monte)
105-Valerie Perez (Hillcrest) – 2016 CIF Southern Section Champion
110-Brianne Penunuri (El Monte) – 2016 6th place CIF Southern Section Championship
115-Clare Garcia (San Marino) – 2016 5th place CIF-SS Central Regional
120-Deysi Chona (Santa Ana) – 2016 CIF-SS Southern Regional Champion
127-Patty Escobar (Montclair)
135-Jaydan Driskill (Vista Murrieta) – 2016 Women’s Junior Freestyle Regional Finalist
145-Kelly Jimenez (Rowland) – 2016 CIF-SS Central Regional Finalist
145-Jennifer Garcia (El Monte) – 2016 5th place CIF-SS Central Regional
150-Destiny Cunningham (Hillcrest) – 2016 4th place CIF Southern Section Championship
160-Yvette Garcia (West Covina) – 2016 CIF State Finalist
170-Dymond Guilford (Eastside) – 2016 8th place CIF State Championship
189- Sierra Adams-Gregory (Lakewood) – 2016 6th place CIF State Championship
Alt- Leslie Chicas (Montclair) – 2016 6th place CIF Southern Section Championship
Though the line-up is subject to change, every team is stacked with talent.
Awarding team points, much like the dual tournament itself, will be slightly different:
Match ending 5-0= 6 team points
Match ending before time limit (I.e. 5-4, 5-1,5-3)= 5 team points
Match ending at the end of round=3 team points
Losing wrestler that scores= 1-2pts=1 team point, score 3-4=2
This system is designed to push the action but being that it is something it might be tweaked before or even during the event.
The meet will take place at El Monte High School (3048 Tyler Ave, El Monte, CA 91731) and there will be no admission fee (donations will be welcome)
If you want to come support this new and interesting concept and want to be able to someday say you were at the very first one, please come enjoy some great wrestling and cheer for the athletes.
In the past 3 weeks I have been to two tournaments where matches had to be decided in overtime. It was during these matches that I realized that very few of the girls understood what overtime involves. I’m not even referring to understanding the physical demands of overtime, I doubt that even élite male high school wrestlers consistently prepare themselves for the possibility of having to wrestle an extra two-and-a-half minutes. What I’m referring to is the reasons for and order in which things happen after those three periods of regular time are done with and the score is still tied. So I decided to write a short guide explaining how the overtime periods are carried out. I’m hoping this short explanation will answer any questions that may exist and help both wrestlers and new fans better understand this rare high school wrestling situation.
You can find the page by going to the Reference section in the menu or by click this link: Overtime