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CV grapplers place at Sierra Nevada Classic
Markham, Pelayo both take third
Central Valleys girls wrestling team competed at the Sierra Nevada Classic on Dec. 29 in Reno. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls wrestling program had a strong showing at the Sierra Nevada Classic on Dec. 29.

"They've been pretty consistent all year," coach Rob Beckhart said.

The Hawks had four individual placers in Reno, including Ellena Markham, Nayeli Pelayo, Brianna Quiroz and Julia Avila.

Aryanna Jimenez, Noelia Barron and Isabella Pelayo didn't place but won matches.

Vanessa Contreras, Carla Martinez, Esther Esceverri, Olyvia Chaboya and Natalia Torres gained valuable experience in defeat.

"It was nice to get out of the area and see high-caliber wrestling," Beckhart said. "The girls did well for what they were up against. There were a lot of state qualifiers there."

Markham took third while competing in the 125-pound bracket.

She compiled a 3-1 record.

Ellena topped Franklin's Eva Moreno (injury default), Del Oro's Jane Runte (decision, 8-6) and Thurston's Caroline Kjeldgaard (pin, 0:32).

She lost to Thurston's Leila Dopp (pin, 0:51).

Pelayo took third in the heavyweight division.

She compiled an 0-2 record.

Nayeli lost to Metro Lions Wrestling's Tavi Heidelberg (pin, 0:50) and Del Oro's Jasmine Guerrero (pin, 5:24).

Quiroz and Avila finished fourth at 110 and 155 pounds, respectively.

Brianna compiled a 2-2 record.
She topped Terra Linda's Madison Shields (pin, 5:26) and Silver Creek's Luxora Gast (pin, 3:22).

Quiroz lost to Thurston's Malea Palahniuk (pin, 0:57) and Franklin's Kylaia Efhan (pin, 4:15).

Julia compiled a 1-2 record.

She topped Del Oro's Charlotte Phillips (pin, 1:51).

Avila was beaten twice by Mountain House's Michelle Poland.

She lost by major decision (18-4) and pin (2:14).

Jimenez and Barron both went 1-2 at 115 pounds.

Jimenez topped Vintage's Madeline Maurer (decision, 18-11).

She lost to Yerington's Kailena Vasquez (pin, 4:42) and Dayton's Aryanna Virgen-Ortega (pin, 4:37).

Barron topped Mountain House's Alexia Bejarano (pin, 2:47).

She lost to Virgen-Ortega (pin, 2:16) and Vasquez (pin, 1:40).

Isabella Pelayo had a 1-2 mark at 130 pounds.

She topped Crater's Ayva Burkhart (decision, 7-6).

Pelayo lost to Ponderosa's Lily Castillo (pin, 1:37) and Thurston's Nichole Stutesman (pin, 2:25).

Contreras (100s), Martinez (135s), Esceverri (143s), Ramirez (155s), Chaboya (170s) and Tores (170s) all dropped both of their matches.