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Cordova hits goal of qualifying for state
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Lexy Cordova didn't return home from Visalia disappointed.

The Central Valley High School senior compiled an 0-2 record at the Fourth Annual CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 28-March 1.

"My goal was to place," she said. "But it was a great opportunity just to be there. I'm one of the top 24 wrestlers in the state."

Lexy lost to Valencia's Gabrielle Garcia (pin, 0:33) and Las Plumas' Cassie Olive (major decision, 10-2) in the 121-pound division.

Garcia placed first, while Olive finished seventh.

"She had a pretty tough draw," Hawks head coach Rob Beckhart said.

Added Cordova: "I've never felt that nervous before."

Lexy posted an impressive 30-12 record this year.

She won five of six matches en route to a third-place finish at Regionals on Feb. 7 at Stockton's McNair High School.

Just three Hawk grapplers have qualified for the state tournament, including Cordova, Malynda Lomeli (2013) and Rose Moore (2012).

"They've laid a great foundation for Central Valley girls wrestling," he said.

"Being senior year, it was now or never," Cordova said. "It's an amazing feeling. I've always wanted to be up there."

Lexy became a member of Central Valley's wrestling team during her freshman year.

She competed at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High for two seasons.

"I'm happy for Lexy," Beckhart said. "She was able to accomplish her goal. She pushed herself to qualify for the state tournament. I saw a lot of maturity in the way that she wrestled. She was the only girl on the team. She worked with guys every day. She got better. She's been fun to have around. She's like a daughter."