Ceres High School’s girls wrestling program had a productive showing while competing at the Sac-Joaquin Section South Regional Tournament, staged Feb. 10-11 at Central Valley High School.
“We’re getting better every year,” Bulldogs’ head coach Curtis Hulstine said. “Last year, we only qualified one for Masters. This year, we have two. We had a chance to qualify five.”
Ceres High’s Elizabeth Boyd and Madeline Schultz secured individual berths to Masters after finishing in the top eight in their respective weight brackets at South Regionals.
Boyd, a freshman, took fourth with a 3-2 record at 189 pounds.
She beat Sierra’s Valeria Galvan (pin, 1:22), Lincoln’s Anaya Whiteside (pin, 0:48) and Tokay’s Sheridan Arends (pin, 2:17).
Boyd lost to Whiteside (pin, 1:19) and Lodi’s Elora Parises (pin, 2:00).
“She’s been an underdog this year, but continues to take care of business,” Hulstine said. “The best thing about her is she listens and makes adjustments. She’s super athletic. She’s tough. She wants to win. She hates losing.”
Schultz, a sophomore, took sixth with a 1-3 record at 172 pounds.
She earned her second straight berth to Masters.
“It’s a cool opportunity to have this experience this young,” Schultz said.
Schultz beat Buhach Colony’s Iris Reyes (major decision, 8-0).
She lost to Gregori’s Gabrielle Moore (decision, 6-1), West’s Perla Camacho Meza (pin, 4:33) and Chavez’s Emily Gomez-Valle (forfeit).
“I could have placed higher,” she said. “I don’t think I wrestled my greatest. I stuck to the basics and pulled through. I never forced anything flashy.”
Schultz managed to extend her season despite being slowed by injuries.
She didn’t practice leading up to Divisionals.
“She’s wrestling really smart right now and competing to her best ability,” Hulstine said.
Bulldog teammates Makynzie Hale, Dayanna Alvarez and Jayda Bryant advanced to the second day of the South Regional tournament.
“They were all one win away from going to Masters,” Hulstine said.
Hale, a junior, placed 10th with a 3-2 record at 162 pounds.
She beat Lincoln’s Brooklyn Allen (pin, 1:50), Livingston’s Noemi Revuelta (pin, 0:59) and Escalon’s Aislinn Ingles (pin, 2:47).
Hale lost to Downey’s Zoey Ridenour (pin, 4:13) and Central Valley’s Gabrielle Ramirez (pin, 3:56).
Alvarez, a freshman, placed 10th with a 1-2 record at 137 pounds.
She beat Ripon’s Layla Giuntoli (pin, 3:16).
Alvarez lost to Atwater’s Litzy Bojorje (pin, 4:24) and Bret Harte’s Peyton Lawrence (decision, 5-1).
Alvarez and Hale both competed with injuries.
Bryant, a senior, compiled a 1-3 record at 152 pounds.
She beat Golden Valley’s Ashly Gamino-Navarette (pin, 4:28).
Bryant lost to Enochs’ Marissa Magana (pin, 1:50), Pacheco’s Kenia Lopez (decision, 7-2) and Ripon’s Jeevika Chaudhary (pin, 3:50).
Ceres High sophomore Eva Onsurez-Lopez compiled a 1-2 record at 128 pounds.
She beat Central Valley’s Lexie Rendon (pin, 3:28) in the opening round.
Onsurez-Lopez lost to Turlock’s Pearl Flucas (pin, 1:37) and Stagg’s Nayeli Cervantes (pin, 0:45).
Ceres High totaled 45 points en route to a 21st-place finish at South Regionals.
“We got a young team,” Hulstine said. “They’re all dedicated. I’m excited for the future.”
Boyd and Schultz will represent the Bulldogs at the Masters Tournament, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Stockton Arena.
“I think they both have a really good shot at being state-qualifiers,” Hulstine said.