Defending team champion Selma High – with semifinalists in Alleida Martinez and Gracie Figueroa – is tied for the lead with Corona after the first day of the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.
But the Bears, who have three wrestlers alive in the consolation bracket, will be in a dog fight with several teams in their quest to repeat after scoring 45 points Friday at Visalia Convention Center.
Co-leader Corona has three semifinalists and three alive in the consolation. Tokay-Lodi (42.5 points) has two semifinalists and four in the consolation, while Hillcrest-Riverside (41.5) has two semifinalists and three in consolation.
Martinez and Figueroa, juniors and two-time individual champions, led the way for Selma. Martinez pinned Northview-Covina’s Brittany Wynn in 5:40 during an 111-pound quarterfinal, setting up a semifinal when wrestling resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday against Ariel Guzman of Anaheim. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Figueroa pinned Cerritos’ Desiree Estrada in 3:11 during the 126-pound quarterfinals and will meet West Covina’s Haley Valdez.
Selma also has Melanie Mendoza (101), Merijah Morales (106) and Alexis Morfin (131) alive.
Central Section competitors Angelita Sanchez of Lemoore at 106 and Jessica Sanchez of Tulare at 121 also reached the semifinals.
Angelita Sanchez beat Long Beach’s Katherine Gonzales by 11-3 major decision to set up a semifinal against Corona’s Sugey Ceja.
Jessica Sanchez pinned Pittsburg’s Alexis Ibarra in 5:44 during the quarters and faces Corona’s Alyssa Aceval.