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CV girls compete at Regional tourney
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Central Valley's Rose Moore, Malynda Lomeli, Andrea Rodriguez and Lexy Cordova gained valuable experience while participating in the first-ever sanctioned CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Regional Girls Wrestling Invitational earlier this month at McNair High School.

"They got to see the best competition," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said.

The top four individuals in each weight class qualified for State Championships, to be held Feb. 26-27 at Lemoore High School.

Moore, Lomeli, Cordova and Rodriguez did not place.

Rose advanced to the second day of the Regional tournament. The 122-pound junior fell one win shy of a top-six finish.

"It was a totally different atmosphere," Moore said. "People were yelling. There were a lot of close matches. I was really nervous."

Rose won two of her first three matches on Feb. 4.

She pinned Del Oro's Mallory Fenton and Livingston's Daisey Sanchez. Moore lost by pin to Folsom's Tianna Camous.

Hogan's Alana Brasher eliminated Moore from the tournament on Feb. 5. Rose lost by decision, 5-2. Brasher and Moore were both exhausted at the conclusion of their six-minute bout.

"I'm not too bummed about it," Rose said. "There's always next year. I'm going to do better. I just need to get some muscle and work a little more."

Moore missed a considerable amount of training time this season due to injury and illness.

"Hopefully next year we can focus on keeping her healthy and get her to some quality tournaments," Beckhart said.

Malynda, a sophomore, compiled a 3-2 record at 132 pounds.

Lomeli won by pin against West Campus' Alexandra Chevestre and Benicia's Sydney Riley, and default over Folsom's Shauna Martinez.

She lost by major decision to Lincoln of Stockton's Jessica Rodriguez and decision to Lindhurst's Fabbie Perez.

Lexy (118 pounds) and Andrea (108s) compiled identical 1-2 records.

Cordova, a freshman, won by pin against Livingston's Gabby Aguilar.

She lost by pin to Lindhurst's Teasia Lizama and Vallejo's Veronica Chung.

Rodriguez, a junior, won by pin against Del Oro's Halie Zieour.

She lost by pin to Jesse Bethel's Desire Espena and Benicia's Forrest Molinari.

"They (Andrea and Lexy) surprised me by winning their first matches," Beckhart said.

Moore, Lomeli, Cordova and Rodriguez will compete in more all-girls tournaments leading up to the 2011-12 Regional Invitational.

"I'm happy with how they did," Beckhart said. "I'll prepare them better next year."