MODESTO – Lathrop’s Jasmine Ivey and Sierra’s Victoria Burke both took home Enochs Lady Eagles Invitational titles Saturday for each of their pooled weight brackets.
Ivey (137) and Burke (126) both went 5-0, placing first and besting the round-robin style tournament.
Ivey’s championship was seemingly destined after overcoming what looked to be a sure defeat in her first match of the day.
She bumped heads with Selma’s Amber Quintana, who was a weight class above Ivey because of the tourney’s format. Ivey was getting outmuscled and trailed 6-0 after three minutes and the bout nearly went the distance.
Ivey eventually trailed 11-1 in the final period before shooting for a takedown against a much-fatigued Quintana, who got pinned with 1-minute, 14-seconds left in the match.
“It had got away from her at the beginning,” Lathrop’s head coach Vincent Garcia said. “But (she) just took advantage at the end when (Quintana) got tired.”
The day was even more special for the Timberwolves’ Burke, who ran the table and took home the title on her 18th birthday.
Burke recorded four first-round pins before winning the title in the same fashion in the final period.
Sierra had two other girls medal as well – Taleah Garza (120) and Ashley Elliott (106) both with third-place finishes.
Lathrop had one other medalist in Kimberly Vega (113), who went 3-2. Stephanie Rosillo finished 2-3 at 162s.
Ripon was the third team competing at Enochs and had three girls place.
Senior Kendyl Post (113), a first-year wrestler, took second and finished 4-1 with an impressive 1:20 pin to start off the day. That was only her second loss of the season.
Freshman Victoria White (137) placed third with a 3-2 record, including a victory against Sierra’s Gianna Nunez. Ripon sophomore Mireya Garcia took third at 170s.
“We’re trying to start a girl’s wrestling team at (Ripon),” said head coach Glen White. “We had seven girls that came out this year and we’re doing a really good job.”
Lathrop junior Alex Garcia (122) was the only local attending that brought home a championship after going 4-0. He claimed the title after winning with a second-round pin.
Manuel Valim (152) and Daniel Pinedo (145) both went 2-2 for Lathrop, while Christian Garcia (126) and Enrique Betancourt (138) both went 1-2.
Sierra standout Lucas Widmer cautiously withdrew in the semifinals due to injury. The Timberwolves still had a third-place finisher in freshman Vince Marquez at 106 and two fourths and a fifth. Billy Fishburn (130) and Julian Semenza (195) both lost their third-place matches and Alex Loiza at 128s finished his day with a win to take fifth in his bracket.
Lathrop and Sierra will both be at Saturday’s Tim Brown Memorial in Sacramento and Sierra will have a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday at Manteca High against the Buffaloes and Sonora.
Junior Varsity (Boys)
Enochs Invitational Tournament
East Union and Ripon both had boys compete at the lower-level tournament. The Lancers’ crowned a champ at 115s in sophomore Damen Cabanas. EU junior Arturo Ochoa finished third at heavyweights and freshman Ruben Gallegos (147) took fourth. Sophomore Joseph Pallib (152) took fourth as well.
The Indians didn’t have any first-place finishers, but they had six placers and four seconds. Diego Moreno (145), Dyllan Heald (152), Ross Woods (145) and Isaac Adams (HW) all came short in their championship bouts. Matt Fisher took third at 106s and Andy Iciano (182) took third as well.