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CV girls place fifth in Reno
Hawks racked up 85 points
Central Valley varsity girls wrestling
Central Valley’s varsity girls wrestling team finished in fifth place while competing at the Sierra Nevada Classic this past month. Five Hawks claimed individual medals, including Sammy Espinoza, Carla Martinez, Isabella Pelayo, Nia Carraway and Angelina Sanchez.

Central Valley’s varsity girls wrestling team turned in a solid performance at the Sierra Nevada Classic, which was staged, Dec. 27-28, at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

The Hawks racked up 85 points on their way to a fifth-place finish.

Reed (122.5), Evergreen Valley (120) and Bend (104) took first, second and third, respectively.

Fellow Stanislaus District teams Gregori (49) and Central Catholic (42) finished 11th and 13th.

“Everyone was telling me I shouldn’t have high expectations because it was such a big tournament,” head coach Brandy Cordova said. “But I did. I knew the girls could do it. They’ve been working hard at practice. The skill level has always been there.”

Sammy Espinoza, Carla Martinez, Isabella Pelayo, Nia Carraway, Angelina Sanchez, Mia Mendoza, Julia Roton, Andrea Cortes, Aryanna Jimenez, Kim Hernandez and Aeryus Lundeen all contributed to Central Valley’s point total.

Espinoza, Martinez, Pelayo, Carraway and Sanchez claimed individual medals.

Espinoza placed second in the 235-pound division.

She compiled a 2-2 record.

Espinoza topped Bend’s Melia Cuevas (pin, 1:04) and Corning’s Kylee McCormick (pin, 0:22).

Martinez (150s, 3-1) and Pelayo (131s, 3-1) both placed third.

She topped Reed’s Judith Medina (pin, 3:27), Clovis East’s Emily Adams (pin, 3:42) and Central Catholic’s Rheanne Ferrer (pin, 2:33).

Pelayo topped Bend’s Kyleigh Cuevas (pin, 1:22), Millikan’s Tru Jones (decision, 11-9) and Evergreen Valley’s Ilean Ortiz (pin, 0:52).

Carraway (143s, 1-2) placed fourth.

She topped Reed’s Alexi Northrip (pin, 1:24).

Sanchez (189s, 1-2) placed sixth.

She topped Hawk teammate Andrea Cortes by medical forfeit.

Mendoza (126s, 1-2), Roton (170s, 1-2), Cortes (189s, 1-2), Jimenez (121s, 1-2), Hernandez (137s, 1-2), Lundeen (116s, 1-2) and Savannah Gomez (160s, 0-2) did not place.

Mendoza topped Carson City’s Kianna Gallaher (pin, 3:00).

Roton topped Saint Francis’ Dalia Mendez (pin, 2:32).

Cortes topped Casa Roble’s Casey Rankin (pin, 3:23).

Jimenez topped Silver City’s Alexis Alvarado (pin, 4:18).

Hernandez topped Clovis East’s Jocelyn Vang (pin, 4:37).

Lundeen topped Gregori’s Arrenia Corbin (decision, 10-6).

“Every girl on the team won at least one match with the exception of one,” Cordova said. “It’s going to help with their confidence.”