On a day the state crowned its first four-time girls wrestling champ, a pair of Selma High freshmen served notice more soon could be on the way.
The Bears’ Gracie Figueroa beat defending champion Lauren Mason of Woodreek-Roseville 10-3 at 111 pounds and fellow freshman Alleida Martinez edged Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo 2-0 at 101 to secure CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships title at Visalia Convention Center on Saturday.
The pair began wrestling in Selma’s youth program and coach Andy Munoz had an itch the duo was in for a special year.
“I knew they would end their years on the podium,” Munoz said. “But I didn’t think they would do it as dominant as they did. They showed their hearts today.”
Other Central Section wrestlers to podium were Mira Monte’s Angelica Llanes (third at 106 pounds), Lemoore’s Esperanza Cadena (fifth at 126), Edison’s Priscila Lopez (sixth at 111), Porterville’s Sabrina Sandoval (eighth at 116), Bakersfield’s Abigail Aceves (eighth at 137) and Stockdale’s Kylie Baker (eighth at 150).
Alyssa LaFrancis of Rancho Buena Vista-Vista became the first four-time state champion, winning at 160 pounds.
Enochs won the team title with 81 points followed by Northview-Covina (79) and James Logan-Union City (76). Selma was sixth (62).
Selma High freshmen Alleida Martinez and Gracie Figueroa reached the finals of the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships on Saturday at the Visalia Convention Center.
Martinez advanced to the 101-pound championship with an 8-0 victory over Corona’s Shandrea Shelby. Martinez, 29-0 on the season, will meet Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo in the title match.
The finals round is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Figueroa pinned California-Whittier’s Nadia Escamillo in 3:34 to reach the final against Woodcreek’s Lauren Mason.
Figueroa, who improved to 32-0, is one of eight Central Section wrestlers who will walk away with a medal from the fifth state girls championship meet.
Central Section wrestlers guaranteed to place in the state’s top eight include: Arvin’s Angelica Llanes (third or fourth at 106, Edison’s Priscila Lopez (seventh or eighth at 111), Porterville’s Sabrina Sandoval (seventh or eighth at 116), Lemoore’s Esperanza Cadena (third-sixth at 126), Bakersfield’s Abigail Aceves (seventh or eighth at 137) and Stockdale’s Kylie Baker (seventh or eighth at 150).
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