It took over 13 hours for Lathrop High’s Jasmine Ivey to finally get on the mat, but when she did she made it worth the wait.
Ivey handed out a second-round pin, landing her in the 146-pound semifinal in the California Interscholastic Federation Girls State Invitational Friday at Lemoore High.
Ivey had back-to-back byes, putting her on the shelf for nearly the entire day. She shook hands for her first match at 8:30 p.m. after weighing in for the even a little after 7 a.m. The long wait had no ill effects on Ivey’s wrestling, dominating her opponent and ending the match early in the second round with a pin.
“We had to have a game plan knowing that we weren’t going to wrestle,” Lathrop assistant coach Vince Bordi said. “We warmed her up in the morning and the good thing about it was we were with the Weston Ranch wrestler (Alyssa Cantu) so we had them do a little drill match and I think that kept her warm for the rest of the day.
“She came out and she definitely was not cold at all.”
East Union standout and three-time state qualifier Sarah Phillips completed Day 1 with a 2-1 record to advance. She opened with a bye, followed with a challenging 1-0 win and then lost in her quarterfinal match. Phillips will need to snatch two wins for another state placing.
“As a senior, she’s been here before,” East Union coach Danny Lehr said of Phillips’ mindset. “One thing about her being a senior she is more mature now.
“She understands exactly what she needs to do tomorrow.”
Lancer teammate Mariah Wheeler (114) and Ripon High freshman Olittza Maria Garica both were done in two matches, while medal hopeful Cantu is 2-1 after opening with a pair of wins. Like Phillips, Cantu will need a strong showing to earn another top-6 finish.
Action is set to get underway at 9 a.m.