It was a great day to be a Lady Apache Wrestler on Friday November 30, 2018 at the Lemoore Last Girl Standing Tournament. 10 Lady Apaches competed out of a 16 Girl roster and 6 brought home a top 4 placing.
At 106 pounds Sanger sophomore Alyssa De-Jesus Pineda had a great tournament as she takes home a 4th place medal. She started off the first round pinning Athena Padilla of Porterville in 1 minute 4 seconds. The second round entering the semifinals De-Jesus Pineda goes down to Coalinga’s Noelia Medina by Fall in :32 seconds. De-Jesus Pineda fell to the Consolation bracket putting her up against Natalia Ortiz of Coalinga for the Consolation semifinals match. De-Jesus Pineda goes on to pin Ortiz in 1 minute 32 seconds and moved on to the 3rd and 4th Place match to face Dallas Blajos of Edison. De-Jesus Pineda came up short in the match and lost by decision 13-10 to take 4th in the tournament.
Next at the 111 pound weight class Sanger sophomore Alexa Ortiz also had a 4th Place finish. Ortiz started off the tournament with a first round bye. She then advanced to the quarterfinals facing off against Maria Hernandez of Arvin. Ortiz fell to Hernandez in the 2nd period by Fall to put Ortiz into the Consolation bracket. Ortiz’s next match was against Hoover’s Emily Cano which lasted 1 minute 20 seconds as Ortiz picked up the pin advancing her into the Consolation semifinals. Ortiz’s next match was a rematch from the November 28th exhibition match vs Hoover’s Gloria Cerda. It was a battle all the way till the end as Ortiz comes up with the win by decision 9-7 advancing her to the 3rd and 4th Place match. Ortiz’s medal match was against her first round loss rival Maria Hernandez of Arvin. Ortiz loses to Hernandez to give her a 4th Place finish in the tournament.
At 143 pounds Sophomore Abbey Ellis came into the tournament as the #2 seed taking a bye first round. Second round of championship Ellis takes on Golden West’s Chloe Botello and pulls out a 3rd period pin advancing Ellis to the Semifinals to take on Jocelyn Elizondo of Reedley. Ellis gets the victory in the first round by Fall in 1 minute 50 seconds advancing Ellis to the finals. Ellis faces off agains Golden West Junior Jessica Lopez. Lopez dominated the match winning by tech fall 16-1 to give Ellis the silver medal.
Next at 160 pound weight class two Lady Apaches competed. Junior Hannah Cooper came into the tournament as the #1 seed. Cooper took on Madison Medina of Porterville first round, pinning her in 1 minute 35 seconds. In Cooper’s quarterfinals match she took on Lathrop’s Amelia Latifi. The match didn’t last long as Cooper pinned Latifi in :54 seconds advancing Cooper to the semifinals. Cooper Faced off against Golden West’s Evelyn Romero. Copper pinned Romero at the end of the first period advancing her to the finals. Cooper meets Alilah Delgadillio of Mission Oak. Cooper comes up short as Delgadillio pins Cooper early 3rd period. Cooper takes home 2nd Place.
Sanger Junior Virginia Rios, the Apaches second 160 pounder also had a great tournament. Rios’s first match of the was against Alilah Delgadillio of Mission Oak. Delgadillio would pin Rios in the second round dropping Rios to the Consolation bracket. Rios’s next two matches would end with two pins, beating Lathrop’s Amelia Latifi and Lathrop’s Kristina Rose pitting Rios into the Consolation semifinals against Arvin’s Ely Salas. Rios would go on to beat Salas in a tight one by decision 3-2. Rios would move on to the 3rd and 4th Place match against Madison Medina of Porterville. The match would last no more that :30 seconds as Rios gets the pin to bring home bronze.
At 189 pound weight class Sanger sophomore Mia Morales’s first round was against Coalinga Senior Merijah Limon. Morales would get the pin in the first round advancing her to the quarterfinals against Daisy Duran of Mission Oak. Morales would get the pin in the first period in :38 seconds moving her on to the semifinals against Lemoore senior Eunique Barnes. Barnes would go on to pin morales in the first round dropping morales to the Consolation semifinals match against Coalinga Senior Merijah Limon for the second time of the day. Morales would pin Limon in :32 seconds of the 1st period. Morales would advance to the 3rd and 4th Place match against Anitzia Rodriguez of Monache. Morales pins her way through the match taking home the Bronze medal.
At 116 pounds Sanger Freshman Sarah Robins had an incredible first tournament of her career. Robins finished with scoring 29 points in her last two matches of the day.
At 131 pounds Sanger Freshman Makayla DuPont made her debut as a Varsity lady Apache and had a tough tournament. DuPont is looking to improve in any way possible for the next upcoming competition.
At 189 Sanger Junior Liliana Alcantar also made her tournament Debut. Alcantar wrestled well but is looking to move down a weight class in the future.
Katlyn Estep at HWT also seeking a lower weight class wrestled for the first time of her career and had tough matches showing improvement from the Central scrimmage on November 14th.
The tournament Results:
Lady Apaches Finish 5th Place as a Team out of 23 teams.
1st Place Mt. Whitney
2nd Place Mission Oak
3rd Place Lemoore
4th Place Redwood
5th Place Sanger
6th Place Monache
7th Place Coalinga
8th Place Golden West
9th Place Arvin
10th Place Hanford West
Lady Apaches travel to Visalia for a tri-dual against Redwood High School and Orange Cove High School Dec. 5th followed by the RM Parks invitational at Monache High School Dec. 8th.