HANFORD — Marina Doi has earned one of the few scholarships given across the nation to female wrestlers.
Now the Kingsburg High senior has set her sights on capturing a second state title before departing for NCAA Division II champion King University in Bristol, Tenn.
Doi rolled to four pins in a combined 5 minutes, 28 seconds while winning the 101-pound title at the Central Section Masters girls wrestling tournament Thursday at Sierra Pacific High.
The top two wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes advance to the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships on Feb. 28-March 1 at the Visalia Convention Center.
Competing in the largest bracket of the tournament with 14 competitors, the top-seeded Doi was pushed to the second round only in her opening match against Caruthers' Miriam Hernandez. Doi pinned Strathmore's Sydney Garcia in 1:22 during the final in her final tune-up before the state meet.
"I want to finish the season strong and be a two-time state champion," said Doi, who won a state title in 2012 before sitting out last season, along with twin sister Regina, while competing for the U.S. Women's FILA Cadet team.
Regina Doi, who is not competing in high school this season as she recovers from August shoulder surgery, is joining Marina at King. The sisters, who have been among the nation's finest female wrestlers since they took up the sport at the age of 3, were also recruited by NAIA programs Cumberlands (Ky.), Campbellsville (Ky.) and Jamestown (N.D.). There are only 20 four-year universities in the nation that compete in women's wrestling.
"It's a big relief," Doi said of becoming one of a small handful of girl wrestlers in section history to receive a college scholarship. "I'm excited to get out there and start wrestling for them.
"College has been our goal all along. We've used wrestling to get an education."
Doi was one of 85 participants representing 29 schools at the section's second Masters tournament, up from 60 wrestlers and 24 teams last season.
It's continued a steady growth for the fledgling sport, which assessed 160 girls wrestlers this season, up from 130 last year.
"Girls wrestling has grown so much since we were freshmen," Doi said. "It makes me proud to represent this community."
Selma, which was edged 101-98.5 for the team title by Porterville last season, captured its first title behind champions Amber Quintana (131) and Alyssa Abaloz (285). The Bears, who also had seven place among the top four, finished with 112.5 points, 27.5 more than second-place Orange Cove. Edison was third with 79.5.
"This was honestly my goal," said Quintana, who scored a 15-0 technical fall against Orange Cove's Ingrid Garcia in the final. "We didn't wrestle for ourselves -- we wrestled for the team. Everyone made weight and came to practice. This is the reward."
Also winning titles were Granite Hills' Brittany Wynn (106), Mira Monte's Angelica Llanes (111), Redwood's Brenda Espitia (116), Edison's Rossana Aguilar (121), Lemoore's Esperanza Cadena (126), Sierra Pacific's Samantha Chocano (137), Highland's Courtney Bojorquez (143), Delano's Lucie Mendoza (150), Lemoore's Katelyn Magallan (160), Orange Cove's Lupe Alarcon (170) and Sanger's Kyra Allen (189).
"I'm a senior and that could have been my last match, so I had to perform my best,” said Edison's Aguilar after winning her second straight section title. "Im excited for state."
Central Section Masters Championships Championship matches
- 101: Marina Doi, Kingsburg, p. Sydney Garcia, Strathmore, 1:22.
- 106: Brittany Wynn, Granite Hills, d. Cassandra Sandoval, Lemoore, 7-1.
- 111: Angelica Llanes, Mira Monte, p. Sabrina Sandoval, Porterville, 4:58.
- 116: Brenda Espitia, Redwood, d. Jaci Brandolini, Highland, 5-1.
- 121: Rossana Aguilar, Edison, tech fall Yasmin Gallardo, Orange Cove 16-1.
- 126: Esperanza Cadena, Lemoore, maj. d. Sadie Alvarez, Selma 13-4.
- 131: Amber Quintana, Selma, tech fall Ingrid Garcia, Orange Cove, 15-0.
- 137: Samantha Chocano, Sierra Pacific, p. Yessica Equihua, Orange Cove 1:08.
- 143: Courtney Bojorquez, Highland, p. Elena Bracamontes, Granite Hills, 2:54.
- 150: Lucie Mendoza, Delano, p. Abigail Aceves, 4:19.
- 160: Katelyn Magallan, Lemoore, wrestled unopposed.
- 170: Lupe Alarcon, Orange Cove, p. Mariah Magallon, 5:43.
- 189: Kyra Allen, Sanger, p. Katie Blanchard, Sierra Pacific, 3:59.
- 235: Alyssa Abaloz, Selma, wrestled unopposed.
- 101: Mai Xiong, Edison, p. Melinda Gonzalez, Porterville 4:44.
- 106: Sasha Solano-McDaniel, Edison, p. Griselda Mendoza, Orange Cove 1:56.
- 111: Priscila Lopez, Edison, d. Sonja Vasquez, Dos Palos 9-0.
- 116: Joanna De Los Santos, Selma, p. Jasmine Santos, Hanford West 1:59.
- 121: Deliah Perez, Sierra Pacific, maj. d. Mia Pallares, Selma 15-5.
- 126: Brianna Herrera, Reedley, d. Vicky Duran 11-9.
- 131: Monica Anaya, Delano, unopposed.
- 137: Lorna Mendoza, Porterville, p. Nathalie Aldana, Independence 1:25.
- 143: Alma Guzman, Orange Cove, p. Marleny Leon 3:54.
- 150: Jeanette Quintero, Porterville, p. Isabella Din, Hanford 3:21.
- 160: No match.
- 170: No match.
- 189: Shelby Zarate, Selma, unopposed.
- 235: no match.
- 101: Mai Xiong, Edison.
- 121: Deliah Perez, Sierra Pacific.
- 189: Shelby Zarate, Selma.
Selma 112.5, Orange Cove 85, Edison 79.5, Lemoore 67, Porterville 61, Delano 47, Highland 42, Sierra Pacific42, Granite Hills 37.5, Mira Monte 33, Kingsburg 28, Redwood 22, Strathmore 20, Bakersfield 18, Sanger 18, Hanford 16, Reedley 16, Dos Palos 13, Caruthers 12, Hanford West 10.
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