By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Dec. 23, 2019, 7:53 p.m. (ET)
ROCKLIN, Calif. – The 5th annual Cliff Keen Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions lived up to its reputation for having a first-class, highly-competitive high school division, as well as another strong college division. The event was held this past weekend.
In the high school draw, there were 13 girls who hold current rankings in the most recent National Girls High School rankings who medalled, including some weight classes with multiple ranked athletes in the tournament. Some of the unranked athletes who competed here will be considered for national rankings because of their achievements.
There were a pair of Women’s West Coast TOA champions who are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, Jennifer Soto of Orland at 127 and Amit Elor of College Park at 151.
In the 127-pound finals, Soto, who is top-ranked nationally at 117 pounds, defeated Alisha Narvaez of James Logan, ranked No. 19 at 117, in a 17-2 technical fall.
Elor, the national No. 1 at 152 pounds, pinned Jodie Hartlein of Etiwanda in the finals in 35 seconds.
There was a No. 2 nationally ranked athlete who was also a Women’s West Coast TOA champion, Lilian Freitas of Pitman at 144. Freitas defeated Emmily Patneaud of Gilroy in the finals, 4-0. Patneaud is not currently in the national rankings after missing considerable time from the mat due to injury, but has been ranked among the nation’s top five in the past.
Other individual Women’s West Coast TOA champions who hold a national ranking are No. 14 Paige Morales of Central (102), No. 11 Desinee Lopez of Folsom (122), No. 8 Ariana Pereira of Newark Memorial (171) and No. 5 Isela Mendez of Northview (236).
In the semifinals, Morales defeated nationally ranked No. 12 Lizette Rodriguez of James Logan by pin in 3:03. In the finals, Morales beat Kiely Tabaldo of Menlo-Atherton with a 36 second pin.
At 138 pounds, nationally unranked freshman Savannah Gomez of Brawley Union beat two nationally ranked wrestlers. In the quarterfinals, Gomez stopped No. 11 Joanna Qiu of Albany in a 15-4 major decision. In the finals, she defeated nationally ranked No. 12 Tiera Jimerson of Northview by pin in 4:44.
At 117 pounds, freshman Elena Ivaldi of Del Oro defeated nationally ranked No. 9 Adrienna Turner of Davis by a 6-4 margin in the semifinals. In the finals, Ivaldi scored a 14-1 major decision of Mia Bonotan of Benicia.
In the 161 pound finals, another unranked wrestler on the national scene, Lizah Hingano of Rio Linda, defeated nationally ranked No. 6 Michelle Kamyshin of River City, 3-2.
James Logan High School won the high school team title with 129.5 points, edging second place Gulroy with 127.5 points. Northview was third with 124 points, with Neward Memorial fourth with 123 points and Orland in fifth with 122 points.
The college division included nine teams, including squads from a number of Western states and a few from the Midwest. Southern Oregon won the team title, led by individual champions Macie Stewart (109), Tara Orthman (116), Anesia Ramirez (130), Julissa Taitano (136), Siena Ramirez (143) and Olivia Pizano (155).
Other individual college champions were Esthela Trevino of Umpqua CC (101), Alana Vivas of Menlo (123), Jade Piper of Umpqua CC (170), Sara Aguilar of Menlo (191) and unattached Angela Vyborny (235).
WOMEN’S WEST COAST TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Rocklin, Calif., December 20-21
High School Division
(current national ranking noted)
1st Place Match – No. 14 Paige Morales (Central) 15-0, Fr. over Kiely Tabaldo (Menlo-Atherton) 12-2, Fr. (Fall 0:36)
3rd Place Match – No. 12 Lizette Rodriguez (James Logan High School) 12-1, Sr. over Hailey Ward (Turlock) 4-2, Sr. (MD 11-1)
5th Place Match – Isabelle Silva (Wooster) 4-2, So. over Divina Perez (Gilroy) 11-5, Sr. (Dec 13-7)
1st Place Match – Carmen Perez (Windsor) 13-2, So. over Marisol Rodriguez (James Logan High School) 8-4, So. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match – Valerie Glenn (Gilroy) 11-4, Fr. over Alexus Espinoza (Brawley Union) 14-4, Jr. (Fall 2:54)
5th Place Match – Janessa Ibisia (Benicia) 12-4, So. over Melissa Tejada (Yuba City) 9-5, So. (Fall 2:51)
1st Place Match – Aphrodite Ayala (Gilroy) 8-1, Sr. over Lilly Avalos (Pitman) 17-1, Fr. (Fall 1:44)
3rd Place Match – Leilani Lazaro (Northview) 5-1, Fr. over Itzel Medina-Valdez (Liberty Ranch) 13-4, Jr. (MD 13-3)
5th Place Match – Loretta Lopez (Elk Grove Senior) 6-2, Fr. over Kaylee Freeseha (Escalon) 4-3, Sr. (Fall 2:17)
7th Place Match – Nhu Tran (James Logan High School) 8-6, So. over Marissa Hernandez (Ripon) 7-3, Sr. (DFF)
1st Place Match – Elena Ivaldi (Del Oro) 5-0, Fr. over Mia Bonotan (Benicia) 9-2, Sr. (MD 14-1)
3rd Place Match – No. 9 Adrienna Turner (Davis) 23-2, Jr. over Kaelyn Siason (Everett Alvarez) 5-2, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)
5th Place Match – Sarah Null (Elk Grove Senior) 4-2, Fr. over Michelle Poland (Mountain House) 14-3, Sr. (MD 11-2)
8th Place – Vanesa Chand (Yuba City) 15-3, So. and Carmella Foley (James Logan High School) 13-4, Fr. (DFF)
1st Place Match – No. 11 Desinee Lopez (Folsom) 15-2, Sr. over Kaiani Kenney (Durham) 4-1, Sr. (SV-1 5-3)
3rd Place Match – Gurleen Bhullar (Albany) 18-3, Sr. over Alexia Bensoussan (Menlo-Atherton) 3-2, So. (Dec 6-1)
5th Place Match – Amaya Yoshizumi (Bella Vista) 6-2, So. over Olivia Contreras (Benicia) 11-6, Sr. (MD 8-0)
1st Place Match – No. 1 Jennifer Soto (Orland) 9-0, So. over No. 19 Alisha Narvaez (James Logan High School) 10-3, Sr. (TF-1.5 3:59 (17-2))
3rd Place Match – Izabella Evens (Mission Oaks) 19-2, Jr. over Jocelyn Fierro (Gilroy) 11-5, Sr. (Fall 3:34)
5th Place Match – Julia Casillas (Escalon) 4-2, Sr. over Mikaela Troche (Newark Memorial) 12-4, Jr. (For.)
1st Place Match – Anna Smith (Menlo-Atherton) 18-0, Sr. over Naomi Cortez (Delhi) 14-4, Jr. (Dec 5-0)
3rd Place Match – Madison Fonseca (Orland) 13-1, Sr. over Leah Brown (Whitney) 13-4, So. (Fall 3:51)
5th Place Match – Amedee Garcia (Yuba City) 12-5, So. over Tamsin Urbas (Albany) 19-5, Jr. (Dec 6-2)
1st Place Match – Savannah Gomez (Brawley Union) 14-1, Fr. over No. 12 Tiera Jimerson (Northview) 4-1, Jr. (Fall 4:44)
3rd Place Match – No. 11 Joanna Qiu (Albany) 22-2, Sr. over Shawntel Copple (Las Plumas) 4-2, Jr. (Fall 5:36)
5th Place Match – Ximena Pulido (Livermore) 15-3, Jr. over Meadow Titus (Bella Vista) 6-3, So. (Dec 5-1)
7th Place Match – Ezra Vavao (Newark Memorial) 13-5, Sr. over Emily Tran (Monterey Trail) 6-5, Fr. (DFF)
1st Place Match – No. 2 Lillian Freitas (Pitman) 11-0, So. over Emmily Patneaud (Gilroy) 11-2, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
3rd Place Match – Beyonce Garcia (James Logan High School) 14-1, Sr. over Gabriela Ruacho (Central) 11-4, Sr. (Fall 4:58)
5th Place Match – Emily Alderman (Bella Vista) 4-2, Sr. over Aiyana Phonchaus-Johnson (Reed) 14-4, Jr. (MD 13-5)
7th Place Match – Izabella Fredericks (Live Oak) 3-2, Sr. over Gabriella Tuttle (Benicia) 10-6, Jr. (DFF)
1st Place Match – No. 1 Amit Elor (College Park) 5-0, over Jodie Hartlein (Etiwanda) 3-1, Sr. (Fall 0:35)
3rd Place Match – Alana Ontiveros (Pitman) 16-1, Fr. over Sarah Skotnicki (Nevada Union) 7-4, Sr. (Fall 1:12)
5th Place Match – Taydem Khamjoi (Chavez (Stockton)) 9-3, Fr. over Jessica Beavers (Del Oro) 8-5, Jr. (Fall 0:43)
1st Place Match – Lizah Hingano (Rio Linda) 5-0, Jr. over No. 6 Michelle Kamyshin (River City) 7-1, Sr. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match – Haley Gumpfer (Casa Roble) 5-1, So. over Myra Walker (Nevada Union) 12-5, Sr. (Fall 2:37)
5th Place Match – Bianca Pesole (Elk Grove Senior) 5-2, Fr. over Francesca LoPresti (Albany) 18-4, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)
1st Place Match – No. 8 Ariana Pereira (Newark Memorial) 18-0, Sr. over Valerie Osborne (Oakdale) 3-1, Sr. (Fall 3:26)
3rd Place Match – Helena Rogers (Eureka Senior) 11-4, Jr. over Tara Johnson (Casa Roble) 4-2, Sr. (Fall 0:59)
5th Place Match – Winifred Namosimalua (Antelope) 3-2, Jr. over Thea Krasts (Ukiah) 6-3, Jr. (Fall 2:29)
1st Place Match – Aracely Rendon-Gomez (Eureka Senior) 13-0, Sr. over Jesenia Garcia-Villa (Antelope) 3-1, Jr. (Fall 0:51)
3rd Place Match – Abigail Veske (Del Oro) 5-1, So. over Natalie Lopez (Northview) 4-2, Fr. (Dec 3-1)
5th Place Match – Isabella Anthony-Everson (Newark Memorial) 3-2, Sr. over Jessica Emerson (Mountain House) 7-4, Sr. (Dec 6-3)
1st Place Match – No. 5 Isela Mendez (Northview) 3-0, Sr. over Amina Rateb (Rodriguez) 8-2, Jr. (Fall 0:48)
3rd Place Match – Nyla Thitphaneth (Orland) 7-2, Sr. over Miricle Barra (Brawley Union) 8-2, Sr. (Fall 0:40)
5th Place Match – Casey Rankin (Casa Roble) 3-2, Fr. over Victoria Pajares (Yuba City) 3-3, Sr. (Fall 3:55)