The significance was not lost on the members of the first family of Selma wrestling.
And it was clearly recognized by a crowd estimated at 600 that gathered in time to see what was supposed to be, technically speaking, a warm-up act to a boys match between neighboring rivals.
Amber Quintana scored one of Selma High's five pins in the Bears' 37-36 victory over Orange Cove on Wednesday in what is believed to be the first all-girls wrestling dual meet in Central Section history.
It took place between the JV and varsity boys matches pitting Selma and Kingsburg and on a night in which all Bears' seniors -- girls and boys -- were recognized by the home crowd.
"We proudly get to say we're the first to do it and the first to win it," said Quintana, whose grandfather, Nick, is Selma's celebrated former coach, and cousins Nicky and Gary are both former state champions. "It's very humbling to be appreciated like this."
The dual was the brainchild of wrestling program assistants Kim Alves, who has helped build a roster of a section-high 15 wrestlers at Orange Cove, and Andy Munoz, who heads a 10-member Bears' girls program led by Amber Quintana -- his daughter and a state runner-up at 122 pounds and among the initial 14 section Masters champions last season.
And the dual continues the growth of girls-only wrestling in the section, which will host the second Masters on Feb. 20 at Sierra Pacific and the fourth CIF State Girls Championships on Feb. 28-March 1 at the Visalia Convention Center.
The number of weight-certified girl wrestlers has grown from 80 to 160 during the past three seasons.
"Girls wrestling has grown every year since I was a freshman," Amber Quintana said. "But it needs to go further."
The match ended in a 36-36 tie but Selma was awarded a point for winning the first tiebreaker that applied, most pins 5-3.
Ali Soliman (103), Mia Pallares (116), Sadie Alvarez (131) and Shelby Zarate (189) also had pins for Selma in a dual that had matchups at nine of 14 weight classes. There were two double forfeits.
"I think it's pretty exciting, something good for girls," Pallares said. "Hopefully it can continue over the years and build from here."
Orange Cove received pins from Griselda Mendoza (106), Daisy Jimenez (113) and Ingrid Garcia (126), while Yasmin Gallardo (121), Anna Ocegueda (160) and Lupe Alarcon (170) won by forfeit.
"This was awesome," said Jimenez, a junior wrestling for the first time. "It was a great experience."
The dual was applauded from the section commissioner's office.
"We're happy it's growing. That's more opportunities for female athletes," Assistant Commissioner Jeff Cardoza said. "We're trying to get the schools to put on more girls opportunities. Some of these girls don't wrestle matches except against boys. So if we can get them more opportunities (against girls), that's better."
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