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Grappler finishes in top 16 State Girls finals
Central Valley senior Rose Moore finished in the top 16 at the second annual CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships this past week in Lemoore.

Moore dropped two of her three matches in the 114-pound division.

Rose would have been assured a medal with two more wins.

"It was a good experience," she said. "I had a lot of fun. I tried my hardest."

Added Central Valley head coach Rob Beckhart: "Everyone was rooting for her because of her personality."

Moore dropped her first match and never recovered.

She lost by pin (1:59) to Steele Canyon's Kayla Lam-Litle in the opening round. Lam-Litle took eighth.

"I was really nervous," Moore said. "I didn't wrestle good at all. Every match was hard."

Rose won 8-7 versus Lincoln of San Jose's Michele Olmos in the consolation bracket. Olmos was a Jr. National freestyle champion in the 17-18 class.

Bethel's Ricki Liang (third place) ended Moore's season. Rose lost, 4-1.

"She had a pretty tough draw," Beckhart said. "She still wrestled well. She's disappointed she didn't place. But she was smiling when she came off the mat. Her goal was to make it to state. That's what she did. I just wish she had more time."

Rose compiled a 24-6 record this year.

Moore placed fourth with a 4-2 mark at Regionals.

She took first at Los Banos and Bear Creek.

Rose finished second at Central Valley and Napa Valley.

"She was very focused," Beckhart said. "I don't have any complaints. She's phenomenal in terms of being a role model."

Said Moore: "I worked hard and was lucky."

Rose joined Central Valley's wrestling team in the ninth grade.

"I didn't have any expectations going into high school," Moore said. "I started setting goals last year."

Rose became the first Central Valley wrestler, girl or boy, to qualify for state.

"There's a lot to remember," Moore said. "I can't narrow it down to one thing. It's so sad this is my last year. I'm going to miss it."