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Three cheers for Lathrop Highs top wrestler
Jasmine Ivey goes from cheerleader to top three in state wrestling - photo by CHRIS LEONARD

LATHROP - Jasmine Ivey burst onto the scene at Lathrop High waving pom-poms and leading cheers.

But if you’re looking for a better indication of her spirit and school pride, go find her on the mat.

If you dare.

Ivey, a part-time cheerleader, completed a historic season for a Lathrop High wrestler, boy or girl, with a third-place medal at the CIF State Girls Championships. It’s the highest finish for any wrestler in school history and matches the performance of Ripon’s Trevor Smith at the boys’ championship.

Like Smith, Ivey had to experience heart break before joy.

The 146-pound junior shook off a stunning semifinal loss, rebounding with consecutive victories in the consolation bracket. She finished the season 26-2 against girls with three tournament victories, often dictating the action with an aggressive style.

“If she wants something, she’ll take it. That’s what took her to the next level,” Lathrop coach Vince Garcia said. “We expect Jasmine to take first next year.”