Aysia Cortez and Mia Hill both went undefeated in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational held at McNair High in Stockton on Friday. They are among the six Manteca-area grapplers still in the hunt for top-five spots and a berth to the CIF State Championships.
Cortez, representing Venture/Excel Academy of Stockton, is seeded No. 2 in the 126-pound bracket. Following a first-round bye, she pinned Christian Brothers’ Julia Ruiz in the second period. Cortez then advanced to the semifinals by edging Alex King of Wheatland, 9-8. She takes on Del Oro’s Maddy Lyons in a rematch of their championship-round bout in last weekend’s Lady Eagle Invitational at Del Oro. Cortez won the title by fall.
Hill leads a three-girl contingent from Weston Ranch today after going 3-0 Friday. Also alive are Wonderful DeConge (189) and Samantha Hernandez (235), who are both 2-1. Emmellene Garcillias (116) and Tranisha Enclade (137) were eliminated on Day 1, with each posting 2-2 records.
Lathrop also sent five grapplers to the tournament, but only Stephanie Rosillo (150) remains. She won two of her three matches and will need to claim three straight to make it to state. Miranda Holt (116) went 2-2, and Kimberly Vega (11) and Ashley O’Hare (143) each finished 1-2. Karissa Kammen (138) lost both of her contests.
Ripon High’s Victoria White lost to the third-seeded 143-pounder in the second round but is 3-1 going into today’s consolation rounds. Desiree Sampson-Cruz (106) and Mareya Garcia (170) also competed for Ripon.