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Ivey, Cantu earn All-America status at Junior Nationals

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Lathrop High senior Jasmine Ivey added another achievement to her already-impressive wrestling resume this past weekend, placing fifth in the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Junior Nationals in Oklah...

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin


POSTED April 1, 2014 1:27 a.m.

The area’s two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.

Lathrop High senior Jasmine Ivey placed fifth in the 139-pound division, while Weston Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu took eighth at 172 during the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Junior Nationals at Oklahoma City’s Freede Center. 

Ivey competed in the largest bracket of the event and was a win away from the championship match. Following a first-round bye, she squeaked out a 2-1 decision over freshman Adrienne Holguin, a Texas state champion. Ivey then outlasted Hannah Jewell of Michigan 6-4 before getting beat by eventual runner-up Jessika Rottier of Wisconsin, 13-0. Oklahoma standout Becka Leathers topped Rottier 2-0 for her third straight national title.

In the consolation bracket Ivey locked up with two fellow Californians, first dropping a close 8-6 decision to Erika Mihalca (Casa Grande High) and then edging Erica Sotelo (Albany High) 6-5 in the fifth-place match. 

Sotelo and Mihalca placed first and second, respectively, in the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships 131-pound bracket. Ivey is a two-time third-place finisher (139, 146). 

Cantu had a busy weekend, as she also represented Team California in the Junior Duals competition on Sunday. Two California teams were fielded and they forfeited the final-round after both went 3-0. 

Like Ivey, Cantu squared off with multiple state titlists, including three from Texas and one from California. She began with a 4-0 shutout of Danielle Protzman (Missouri) before locking horns with 170-pound CIF champ Courteney Tompkins, who pinned Cantu in 5 minutes, 35 seconds. 

Cantu rebounded with a 2:41 win by fall against Brianda Dominguez. She then dropped a 3-2 decision to eventual third-place finisher Clarc Walker and was stuck by Nicola Newton 2:22 into the eighth-place match.

Cantu is coming off a second-place run in the 189-pound division of the CIF tournament.

Up next is the United States Girls Wrestling Association National Championships April 5-6 at American Canyon High in Napa County. The tournament was previously held in Michigan for 16 consecutive years.

 

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